California: No Face Recognition on Body-Worn Cameras

Today, we stand at a crossroads as face recognition technology can now be interfaced with body-worn cameras in real time.

Recognizing the impending threat to our fundamental rights, California Assemblymember Phil Ting introduced A.B. 1215. It will prohibit the use of face recognition, or other forms of biometric technology, such as gait recognition or tattoo recognition, on a camera worn or carried by a police officer for three years.

Ting’s bill has strong wind in its sails, and Sacramento legislators listened to the growing number of voices who oppose the way government agencies use face surveillance. The Assembly passed an earlier version of the bill with a 45-17 vote on May 9; the Senate in September sent it to the governor with a 22-15 vote.

We urge Governor Newsom to sign this important bill. Tell him to use this opportunity to evaluate the dangers of face surveillance, and prevent the threat of mass biometric surveillance from becoming the new normal.

Tell Governor Newsom to sign A.B. 1215.

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