ACLU sues the FBI, DEA, and DOJ for transparency regarding the use of facial recognition...

Polycount

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Now, the ACLU is once again going to bat for the privacy of American citizens. The civil liberties group is suing the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and the Department of Justice (DOJ), with the end goal of forcing the organizations to divulge their facial recognition practices. The ACLU has attempted to obtain such information in the past through Freedom of Information Act requests, but to no avail -- clearly, the group feels a full-blown lawsuit is the only path forward now.

The suit in question was announced and filed today, so it will probably be some time before it comes to a close, one way or another. The focus of the legal action is transparency, according to the ACLU's Kade Crockford. "There can be no accountability if there is no transparency," Crockford said. "The public has a right to know when, where, and how law enforcement agencies are using face recognition technology, and what safeguards, if any, are in place to protect our rights."

"The public has a right to know when, where, and how law enforcement agencies are using face recognition technology, and what safeguards, if any, are in place to protect our rights."

Crockford goes on to note that this "dystopian" surveillance technology could pose a significant threat to our "free society" by treating citizens as suspects to be tracked and monitored by the government "24/7." In this case, the ACLU's goals are certainly noble, but it's difficult to say whether or not they will be able to achieve them.

Government organizations are notoriously slippery when it comes to legal probes, so there's always the chance that the FBI, DEA, and DOJ will be able to wriggle out of this predicament somehow. Still, we remain hopeful that a judge will at least permit the ACLU's case to move forward.

We will keep you updated on the suit moving forward, and we'll be sure to let you know if it gains (or loses) any traction.

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Uncle Al

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I have NO problem with the government using all the facial recognition software they want .... as long as the law gives me the unencumbered right to bring suite against each and every agency that "gets it wrong", no matter how innocent they plead themselves to be. If you're going to intrude on my privacy I want to intrude on your wallet, bank account, Ft. Knox ..... just anything that my facial is able to recognize ......
 
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PEnnn

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I have NO problem with the government using all the facial recognition software they want .... as long as the law gives me the unencumbered right to bring suite against each and every agency that "gets it wrong", no matter how innocent they plead themselves to be. If you're going to intrude on my privacy I want to intrude on your wallet, bank account, Ft. Knox ..... just anything that my facial is able to recognize ......
Good luck with suing any government entity!
 

candle_86

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Yet they have no issues with lpr cameras, they can literally map out your entire day by checking the database hits on that car.

But the government already decided long ago you have zero expectation of privacy in public, that means anyone and everyone has zero expectation of privacy