Technology is always changing and permeating more and more of our daily lives. This can be said for practically every area of our life, including the vehicles we drive, how we pay for our children’s school lunches, and where we buy our groceries. Law enforcement is increasingly using technology to look into crimes.
But is it necessary for us to adopt new technologies with such haste in order to combat crime? Recent research by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) raises significant concerns about the way California law enforcement is using face recognition technology. Read on to learn more. If facial recognition software is being used against you in a criminal case, contact Chambers Law Firm at 714-760-4088 to speak to a criminal defense attorney who can stand up for your rights.
Learn about the ACLU research
The ACLU compared images of California state senators to a database of 25,000 booking images that were made available to the public. As part of the study, 26 California legislators’ mug pictures were mismatched with their identities. The supports the long-held belief if many that this kind of technology is unreliable.
There is not enough control over the technology
In addition to the software’s inaccuracy, there is little government control of this technology. There isn’t a state-wide statute in California that would safeguard the privacy of its citizens. Furthermore, there are worries that this kind of software has trouble correctly identifying young people, people of color, and women. Many politicians are concerned about the possible use of face recognition technology since these areas, especially communities of color, have historically been singled out by the police.
According to reports, this technology is already being used by some government organizations, including Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The software often uses images that are already in the possession of the government, such as pictures from driver’s licenses.
Work with an attorney who will fight for you and your rights
It’s crucial to consider whether facial recognition software can or ought to be utilized in California. If permitted, it will effectively transform every police officer equipped with a body camera into a surveillance device that searches groups of people to see if any of them are potential suspects. It is crucial that California takes action to safeguard its citizens from having their privacy violated in this way given the high failure rate of this technology.
Both felonies and misdemeanors are handled by Chambers Law Firm on behalf of their clients. We provide individualized, highly qualified representation. Schedule a free first consultation with a criminal lawyer by calling our office at 714-760-4088.