Mine’s face recognition law demonstrates bilateral cooperation in protecting privacy
Mine has joined a growing number of cities, counties and states that are rejecting dangerously biased surveillance technology such as facial recognition.
The new law, the strongest face recognition law in the country, not only has broad, two-sided support, but was passed unanimously by both houses of the state legislature. From mini-ACLUs to state law enforcement agencies – from the development legislators who sponsor the bill, to the development legislators who are spreading across the political spectrum. Cares about their right to privacy.
Mine is the latest success story of a nationwide movement to ban or strictly control the use of face recognition technology, which has been sought by grassroots activists and organizations such as the ACLU. From the Pine Tree State to the Golden State, national efforts to regulate facial recognition are so widely recognized that we cannot allow technology to set the limits of our freedom in digital 21.st Century
Facial recognition technology is a serious threat to civil rights and civil liberties. Without democratic oversight, governments can use this technology as a tool for dragon monitoring, which threatens our freedom of speech and association, our right to practice and our right to be alone. Democracy itself is in danger if this technology remains unorganized.
Facial recognition technology is a serious threat to civil rights and civil liberties.
We know that facial recognition burdens are not borne equally, as black and brown communities – especially Muslim and immigrant communities – are already the target of discriminatory government oversight. To make matters worse, facial monitoring algorithms make it more difficult to accurately analyze the faces of black people, women, the elderly and children. Simply put, it’s dangerous when technology works.
But not all approaches are created to control this technology. Mine is the first person in the country to pass comprehensive rules and regulations across the state. Washington was the first to pass a weak law in the face of strong opposition from civil rights, community and religious libertarian groups. The law was passed with great support by Washington-based mega-corporation Microsoft. Even after Washington’s face-recognition law, tech companies will be allowed to sell their technology worth millions of dollars to any capable government agency.
In contrast, Mine law takes a different approach, putting the interests of ordinary manners above the profitable goals of private companies.
Maine’s new law bans the use of face recognition technology in public schools and in most government areas for surveillance purposes. This creates an exception for law enforcement’s careful use of facial recognition, sets standards for its use, and we have seen in other parts of the country avoid the possibility of abuse. Importantly, the use of face recognition technology to monitor people is prohibited when they go about their business in Maine, attend political rallies and demonstrations, from friends and family. Meet and take care of health.
In Maine, law enforcement must now – among other restrictions – meet the criteria for a probable cause before applying for facial recognition, and they must match the facial recognition match to arrest or locate someone. Cannot be used as a single base. Nor can local police departments purchase, use or use face recognition software, nor do they ensure that rational technologies such as ClearViewA will not be used behind closed doors by government officials. As in other states.
Mine law and others like it are critical to preventing communities from being harmed by new, untested surveillance technologies such as facial recognition. But in order to effectively protect American privacy from facial surveillance, we need a federal approach, not just a local approach. That’s why it’s important for Americans to support the facial recognition and biometric technology moratorium act, which was introduced by members of both houses of Congress last month.
The ACLU supports federal legislation that will protect everyone in the United States from abusive surveillance. We urge all Americans to ask their members of Congress to join and support this movement to stop facial recognition technology.