A coalition of privacy, media and rights organizations is urging Congress to stop the use of facial-recognition programs on the general public, reports Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.
The groups contend in a letter it “is an especially dangerous technology in need of strict limits on its use, robust transparency, oversight, and accountability.”
The letter was addressed to Reps. Bennie Thompson and Mike Rogers of the Committee on Homeland Security.
It asks for the immediate suspension of a Department of Homeland Security program that “poses serious risks to privacy and civil liberties, threatens immigrants, broadly impacts American citizens, and has been implemented without proper safeguards in place or explicit congressional approval.”
The letter comes at a time when the House Homeland Security Committee is to examine the program.
“Documents previously obtained … revealed flaws in facial recognition at airports. Bias is also a significant problem with the identification technique,” the groups said.
Additionally, the letter explains, the breaches of data regarding images of faces, license plate numbers and more “are creating new risks.”
“It would be irresponsible for DHS to move forward with face recognition programs that collect massive amounts of sensitive data until a thorough investigation … is completed and the agency demonstrates that it can fully safeguard its systems.”
The letter said the broadest current use is by the Customs and Border Protection’s Biometric Entry-Exit program.