Four Democratic congress members proposed a bill that would ban federal agencies from using facial and voice recognition. The Facial Recognition and Biometric Technology Moratorium Act would also withhold federal grants to state and local governments that use the biometric surveillance.
- The bill would bar law enforcement agencies nationwide from using facial recognition until the law is lifted.
- It was proposed by Sens. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and U.S. Reps. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) and Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass).
- Last week, Boston became the 10th city in the U.S. to ban its government from using the technology.
- The ACLU filed a complaint against Detroit police for wrongfully arresting a man based on a faulty facial recognition match, the first known case in the U.S.
- Amazon recently implemented a one-year moratorium on police use of facial recognition, Microsoft indefinitely halted police use until there's more federal regulation, and IBM announced a permanent end to offering, developing, or researching facial recognition tech.