Senate Bill Could Restrict Police Use of Facial Recognition

Last week a new bill was introduced by US Senators Chris Coons and Mike Lee with the intention of restricting the use of facial recognition tech by US police nationwide.

The Facial Recognition Technology Warrant Act of 2019 aims to “make sure that law enforcement has the tools necessary to keep us safe while also protecting fundamental Fourth Amendment privacy rights”, said Coons, according to The Jurist.

The bill requires all federal law enforcement agencies and officers to pull a warrant from a judge for any and all facial recognition actions involving individuals for more than 72 hours at a time. The bill also requires said judge to report the issuance or denial of the warrant to the Administrative Office of the US Courts.

The issue of facial recognition surveillance has not been timid among authorities and the public, with much talk surrounding ‘big brother’ privacy concerns and the use of unlawful spying on members of the public.

Some believe such action is necessary some believe it would be a breach of their privacy and rights. What do you think? Let us know in the comments below.

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