Facial Recognition Is Law Enforcement’s Newest Weapon Against Protesters

Police in Seattle, Austin, and Dallas, as well as the FBI have asked for images of violence and protests

Hundreds of protesters in Dudley Square demand justice for George Floyd in Downtown Crossing in Boston on May 31, 2020.
Hundreds of protesters in Dudley Square demand justice for George Floyd in Downtown Crossing in Boston on May 31, 2020. Photo: Boston Globe/Getty Images

Because there are no federal or state laws that require transparency for government use of facial recognition technology, there’s no way to know how the technology is being used

“I wouldn’t be surprised if those technologies were used on those crowdsourced contributions.”

Senior Writer at OneZero covering surveillance, facial recognition, DIY tech, and artificial intelligence. Previously: Qz, PopSci, and NYTimes.

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