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Police Body Cameras and Facial-Recognition Tech Shouldn’t Mix, Say Civil Rights Groups

Civil rights groups and privacy advocates are calling for a ban on incorporating facial-recognition technology into law enforcement body cameras, reports the Washington Post. Axon, the leading American producer of police body cameras, recently formed a board of directors “devoted to the ethics and expansion of artificial intelligence,” including facial-recognition technology. In a letter sent to Axon’s new board members, opponents of this technology stated, “Real-time face recognition would chill the constitutional freedoms of speech and association, especially at political protests… [and] could also prime officers to perceive individuals as more dangerous than they really are and to use more force than the situation requires. No policy or safeguard can mitigate these risks sufficiently well for real-time face recognition ever to be marketable.” About half of American adults are already locatable in various law enforcement facial-recognition databases.