State Senator Wants To Ban Facial Recognition In New York

Mack Rosenberg
January 28, 2020 - 10:06 am
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- New York State Senator Brad Hoylman wants to ban the use of facial recognition technology by police, saying that the technology is not reliable.

"The facial recognition technology has been proven to be inaccurate," Hoylman told WCBS 880. "It's biased against people of color and people who are transgender or who might look different. We're creating, in slow motion, a surveillance state."

Hoylman, chair of the New York Senate Judiciary Committee, has introduce legislation that would ban facial recognition and other biometric surveillance technology.

"They have the technology to match images with images that they've scrapped from social media sites like Facebook and Twitter and Venmo," Hoylman said of police. "And then they can pursue leads."

The NYPD says that it would be negligent to not use this technology, and that no one has ever been arrested solely based on a computer photo match.

A recent New York Times expose uncovered the origins of the facial recognition app Clearview and surfaced accusations that the technology is not trustworthy. Clearview has been banned in New Jersey.

Hoylman's bill does not restrict the use of the state's DNA or fingerprint databases. It does propose a Task Force to study the effects of surveillance technology to create recommended standards for future use.