The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc (LDF) submitted a letter for the record in connection with the July 13, 2021 hearing held by the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security titled “Facial Recognition Technology: Examining Its Use by Law Enforcement.” The letter highlights the historic and present-day law enforcement practices that have disproportionately criminalized Black and Brown communities, how law enforcement use of facial recognition technology creates a great risk that communities of color will increasingly be wrongly identified and subject to disparate criminal enforcement or a “surveillance state,” and how law enforcement’s expansive use of facial recognition technology is largely hidden allowing police to collect, disclose, and run an individual’s personal information against multiple databases without their knowledge, implicating privacy concerns and leaving impacted victims unable to contest or remedy resulting harms. 

Read the full letter here


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