Released: February 18, 2021
Civil rights groups ask Biden to oppose facial recognition
Source: Drew Harwell, Washington Post (Paid Registration)
The American Civil Liberties Union and more than 40 other groups urged President Biden in a letter to freeze federal use of facial recognition and block federal funds from being used by state and local governments to buy or access the artificial-intelligence tools.
The software is widely used now to unlock phones, identify people in online photos and grant access at schools, stadiums and public housing complexes. But federal investigators and police departments have also used the software for years to help identify potential suspects, victims and witnesses caught on surveillance cameras or seen on social media.
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