So, how good is facial recognition technology? Not very. Some 26 California state legislators were wrongly identified as suspected criminals using the solution, according to a trail run by the American Civil Liberties Union.
The ACLU used Amazon’s Rekognition software and compared 120 politicians’ images against a database of 25,000 mugshots, which is how those 26 were nabbed.
The ACLU now says the test results demonstrate that the police should not use the technology in officers’ body cameras.
Assemblyman Phil Ting, one of those falsely ID’d, is backing a bill looking to stop police using facial recognition technology on body cams.
Two California cities, San Francisco and Oakland, have already banned the use of facial recognition technology across metro departments.