In a unanimous vote, the King County Councilapproved a banon law enforcement use of facial recognition technology, making it the first county in the nation to put such restrictions into law.
Kohl-Welles added that facial recognition technology has great potential for misuse. “Our vote today makes King County the first county in the nation to pass this type of ban,” she said.
禁止不限制个别城市,citizens, or schools within King County from using facial recognition technology, only official county government offices. And it does not restrict county investigators from trading information with other law enforcement agencies as long as they did not specifically request information gleaned from facial recognition technology.总而言之，由理事会批准的立法是“相当无害”，华盛顿大学人以人为中心的设计和工程部门的面部认可专家称为OS Keyes。
Keyes praised the legislation as broad enough to help protect civil liberties while being sufficiently narrow that it does not block legitimate investigations. “It doesn’t limit interagency cooperation,” they said, “and it limits general surveillance on a day-to-day basis. It’s thoughtful and short.”
面部识别技术 - 从启用政府的中央电视台系统到亚马逊的Rekognitionsystem — has become increasingly controversial as privacy advocates assert it is creating a perpetual surveillance state. Amazon and Microsoftrecently renewed their bans on sales of such technology向国内执法。
Keyes, a doctoral candidate at the university, said the legislation accomplishes two significant things, one obvious and the other less so but equally important.
First, it prevents the county from setting up a facial recognition camera system throughout the county. These are not simply video security systems; they are data gathering systems that interpret, analyze, and store facial data to alert authorities about potential suspects. But the tech is not always accurate,特别是当用较深的肤色解析面孔时.
“跨部门要求......包括至少十几个警察部门的官员，从大organizations like the Seattle police and Pierce County Sheriff’s Department百日洲ofetero据报道，较较小的人像里奇兰和马里斯维尔警察一样。
Keyes表示，新的法案应该防止这种类型的分享 - 至少在涉及到国王县执法。而且，他们说，如果继续，它提供追索权。“它提供了一个行动权，”他们说。“所以那个被训练的人可以起诉。”
“With this vote, King County joins a growing number of local jurisdictions across the nation that have approved similar restrictions,” Jennifer Lee of ACLU Washington said in a statement.
She added: “Now it’s time for a federal ban on government use of facial recognition to ensure that no one’s civil liberties and civil rights are violated by a pervasive and often inaccurate technology that disproportionately misidentifies people of color and heightens the risk of surveillance and deadly encounters with law enforcement in already marginalized and overpoliced communities.”