Bill Introduced To Bar Michigan Law Enforcement From Using Facial Recognition
Some Democrats in Michigan’s Legislature are looking to limit the use of facial recognition by law enforcement, at least for now.
On Wednesday, State Rep. Isaac Robinson of Detroit introduced House Bill 4810, which would prohibit law enforcement agencies from using technology to identify people using their face with images taken from things like surveillance cameras, drones, body cameras, street lights and traffic lights; the ban would only be in place for five years initially.
In a release, Rep. Robinson says that his bill was inspired by research which shows that facial recognition technology can misidentify black people, leading to an “unacceptable bias”; there has also been a growing concern nationwide about the use of this technology in general, with some saying it’s an invasion of privacy and a violation of the Fourth Amendment.
The bill, co-sponsored by Democrat Reps. Sherry Gay-Dagnogo and Jewell Jones, was referred to the House Judiciary Committee.