Police banned from using facial recognition in body cameras

Clovis Police Department to get new body cameras, enough for almost all patrol officers

SACRAMENTO, California (KSEE/KGPE) – Law enforcement in California will no longer be allowed to use facial recognition software in body cameras in 2020.

The three-year ban, set to start next year, came about after the signing of AB 1215, written by Assemblymember Phil Ting. Ting says the law was needed to ensure accountability and transparency, and avoid California becoming a police state.

A study by the ACLU discovered that 26 out of the 120 members of the state legislature were falsely matched with entries on a mugshot database.

“Face-scanning police body cameras have no place on our streets, where they can be used for dragnet surveillance of Californians, our locations, and our personal associations,” said Matt Cagle, Technology and Civil Liberties Attorney for the ACLU of Northern California.

AB 1215 is set to take effect on January 1, 2020.

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