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United States Privacy Digest | Report: One in two US adults in a law enforcement facial recognition database Related reading: Privacy developments from California's 2022-2023 legislative session




  • Law enforcement in virtually every U.S. state has access to facial recognition software, Wired reports. It cited a Georgetown Law Center on Privacy and Technology report that said one in two American adults are already in facial recognition databases used to identify criminal suspects. Critics claimed police overuse the technology, as research has demonstrated it misidentifies women and people of color more than white men.
  • In an op-ed for, a group of 16 privacy and civil rights organizations wrote facial recognition technology is a threat to privacy and civil liberties. As New Jersey’s attorney general seeks comment on use of the technology by law enforcement, which they said disproportionately affects communities of color, the organizations said New Jersey should join municipalities that have implemented bans.

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