Portland’s Fight Against Face Surveillance

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This Wednesday, the Portland City Council will hear from residents, businesses, and civil society as they consider banning government use of face recognition technology within the city.Over 150 Portland-area business owners, technologists, workers, and residents have signed our About Face petition calling for an end to government use of face surveillance. This week, a coalition of local and national civil society organizations led by Electronic Frontier Alliance (EFA) members PDX Privacy and Portland’s Techno-Activism Third Mondays delivered that petition to the council, noting that “even if the technology someday functions flawlessly, automated surveillance and collection of biometric data will still violate our personal privacy and conflict with the City’s own privacy principles.” TAKE ACTION
End Face Surveillance in your community
The proposed ban on government use of face surveillance makes critical steps forward in protecting Portland residents. As a result of federal grants and gifting through the Department of Defense’s 1033 program, budgeting systems that once provided some measure of transparency—and an opportunity for accountability—have been circumvented by police departments across the country as they build arsenals of powerful technology. Meanwhile, lawmakers and the public are kept in the dark. Once passed, Portland’s ordinance will prohibit city bureaus from …

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