Maine’s Facial Recognition Ban Will Make Residents Less Safe

On June 2021, the Maine State Legislature passed L.D. 1585, a bill that would ban most uses of facial recognition technology by public officials. This act, introduced by Rep. Grayson Lookner (D-Portland), is the strictest facial recognition law in the United States. The fact that it was passed unanimously by the State House and Senate, […]

Banning Facial Recognition Could Undermine Health and Safety

On May 27, the Baltimore City Council Public Safety and Government Operations Committee passed an ordinance that would ban the use of facial recognition technology in the city, a move that would greatly endanger Baltimore residents’ safety. Under the new ordinance, Baltimore’s residents and law enforcement officials would be prohibited from “obtaining, retaining, accessing, or […]

ACI Statement Regarding Newly Introduced Facial Recognition Legislation

The following is a statement by Dr. Krisztina Pusok, Director of Research and Public Policy, regarding the Senate Bill 2878, also cited as the Facial Recognition Technology Warrant Act of 2019: ”The American Consumer Institute applauds the introduction of the Facial Recognition Technology Warrant Act of 2019 (S. 2878) sponsored by Senator Lee and Senator […]

Regulators and Courts Moving to Limit Facial Recognition

Facebook is involved in at least two instances of U.S. litigation defending its facial and biometric recognition practices. Privacy advocates filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) saying that Facebook gives itself “the ability to scan user photos for biometric facial matches without consent,” and thereby violates the user’s privacy. The advocates say […]