Facial recognition technology comes under congressional scrutiny

In recent years, critics have repeatedly said that facial recognition technology is not accurate enough and too intrusive for use by law enforcement agencies.

Fueled by concerns about false positives, privacy, and civil rights, some lawmakers and civil liberties groups have renewed their efforts to limit the use of facial recognition technology by law enforcement. Lawmakers and critics talked about apparent shortcomings of the technology during a July 13 hearing in the House Judiciary Committee.

Facial recognition systems have “clear potential for misuse” and are often inaccurate when identifying black people and other racial minorities, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, a Texas Democrat,
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