Facial recognition technology is being used by police across the country, even though it falsely serves up Black men to police for arrest and harassment and fuels a surveillance state that affects all of us.
But momentum against the use of this tech is building - last month Massachusetts was the first state to pass state-wide restrictions, and now allies are telling us that New York state is considering banning it.
If we can force a win in a major state like New York, it could pave the way for national change.
A huge petition from the SumOfUs community can show lawmakers that people across the country want them to act. When enough of us sign, we’ll take our call directly to the state capitol.
Tell lawmakers: ban facial recognition technology.
When it comes to video surveillance and facial recognition, New York City is one of the worst places you can be. Over 20,000 cameras track New Yorkers as they transit through the city on a daily basis.
Law enforcement across the country claim that facial recognition makes us safer. But the algorithms this technology relies on is prone to false matches. Just last year, a Black man was wrongly arrested and charged due to a bad facial recognition match.
Now the tide is starting to turn on the need to ban this technology. 20 states are actively considering bills that would restrict or ban this racist software, and partners in NY say they are very close to tipping the balance. With your help, we can make sure that happens.
Add your name now to tell New York state senators to ban facial recognition.
Fighting back against state surveillance is at the heart of the SumOfUs community. Over 87,000 SumOfUS members like you mobilized quickly to force tech giant Google to stop aiding the government of China in expanding its state surveillance and censorship systems. Now we need to do all that we can to put an end to this mass surveillance tool.