Face the facts, says ACLU In face off over facial recognition technology
by Armand Domalewski
Aug 14, 2019

The American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California, headquartered in San Francisco, released the results of test of facial recognition technology that incorrectly---we hope---identified 26 state legislators as criminals, including San Francisco’s own Assemblymember Phil Ting. The ACLU is critical of the use of facial recognition technology by law enforcement, and hopes to use the results to support arguments for tighter regulation of its use. Using Amazon’s Rekognition software, it screened 120 lawmakers’ images against a database of 25,000 mugshots, resulting in 22% of lawmakers falsely being recognized as criminals.