Massachusetts: Hit the Pause Button on Face Surveillance

Massachusetts has a long history of standing up for liberty. With your help, it has the opportunity to become a national leader in fighting government use of face surveillance.

Face surveillance threatens our privacy, chills protest in public places, and disparately burdens people of color. Thanks in part to the support of Bay Staters, Massachusetts bills S.1385 and H.1538—which would place a moratorium on state and local government use of face surveillance—are set to be heard by a Joint Committee on the Judiciary on October 22. This moratorium would remain in place indefinitely, until such time as the legislature might pass new legislation to limit these technologies, including rigorous protections for civil liberties and civil rights. In the absence of such new legislation, the moratorium would remain in place.

Polling from the ACLU of Massachusetts has found more than three-quarters, 79 percent, support a statewide moratorium. Tell your lawmakers that you feel the same.

Lawmakers need to hear that the people of Massachusetts don’t want this flawed technology in their communities. Tell your legislators to support S.1385 and H.1538 and press the pause button on face surveillance.


EFF uses the information you provide to help you take action in support of digital civil liberties, including submitting your message to support S.1385 and H.1538 to your legislators. learn more about privacy practices at https:eff.org