Kenneth Rijock

Kenneth Rijock

Thursday, September 12, 2019

BILL IMPOSING A MORATORIUM UPON THE USE OF FACIAL RECOGNITION TECHNOLOGY IN POLICE BODYCAMS PASSES CALIFORNIA STATE SENATE




Some of California's municipalities have imposed bans upon the use of facial recognition technology, due to either human rights and privacy issues, or concerns regarding the accuracy of the software. After a test of Amazon's facial recognition software technology misidentified members of the California Legislature, the California State Senate passed a three-year moratorium on the use, by law enforcement, of facial recognition technology in body cameras.

Some experts advising government believe that the software programs currently in use are not accurate enough for law enforcement use, and have agreed that  the three year moratorium will allow the industry to improve its programs.


The bill must now pass the California Assembly to become law. The law, as currently written, expires on January 1, 2023. readers who require the complete text of §832.19 may access it here.

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