Congress has yet to pass legislation regulating the use of facial recognition by law enforcement, more than a year after the killing of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis police. Last week, Amazon indefinitely extended a ban on police usage of its facial recognition software. Privacy advocates praised Amazon's decision but urged Congress to take additional steps.
- The House has already passed the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, which would prevent law enforcement from using facial recognition technology in body cameras. It's unknown if this will pass in the Senate.
- The bipartisan Fourth Amendment Is Not For Sale Act has been introduced in the Senate, which focuses on the Clearview AI facial recognition program used by police nationwide.
- States and cities such as San Francisco and Virginia have passed legislation that bans or limits the use of facial recognition technology by law enforcement.
- It comes as the U.S. Postal Service is using Clearview AI's facial recognition to identify suspects in investigations.
A version of this story first appeared in Inside Privacy XFN, curating the best reads at the intersection of data privacy and tech for better cross-functional outcomes.