Tech lobbies against facial recognition ban

A number of US technology trade groups are lobbying Congress not to pass legislation banning government use of facial recognition tech. Among those looking to see off  prohibition are the Consumer Technology Association, the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, TechNet and CompTIA.

In a joint statement, the organisations maintain that facial recognition “is one of many technologies that law enforcement can use to help keep communities safe. Facial recognition systems have improved rapidly over the past few years, and the best systems perform significantly better than humans.”

And rather than impose a ban, they want to see lawmakers develop “compromises that will allow law enforcement agencies to adopt and test this important technology”.

San Francisco and Oakland are two cities that already prohibit the use of facial recognition technology across metro departments.

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