New York State forbids schools to use face recognition technology until 2022

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 New York State forbids schools to use face recognition technology until 2022


On July 22, local time, the New York state legislature passed a decree banning the use of face recognition and other biometric technologies in schools by 2022. As long as governor Andrew Cuomo signs the bill, it will go into effect. When passed, it will be the first bill in the United States to explicitly prohibit schools from using the technology.

It is worth mentioning that the bill is in response to previous plans by the local Lockport city school district to use face recognition technology.

Rockport School District, located in Western New York State, is the first school district in the United States to specify the use of face recognition technology in all K-12 buildings on campus. In January this year, the school district officially launched a face recognition system to provide services for about 5000 students in the school district.

The original intention of Rockport school districts plan to use face recognition technology is that it can identify sex offenders, fugitives and people with guns. Once these dangerous elements break in, schools can receive an alarm to ensure the safety of students.

Although the Rockport school districts privacy policy states that students will not be included in the watch list, and only potentially threatening non students will be included in the database, opponents argue that it may be used to monitor students and establish a database of sensitive information about faces, which may make it difficult for the school district to maintain security.

Once face recognition technology is allowed to be used in schools, it will be like opening the floodgate of government investment in this technology, and these technologies are questionable in terms of reliability and accuracy. New York congressman Monica Wallace has expressed concern about this.

Its important, says Stefanie Coyle, vice president of the districts Center for education policy. As we all know, face recognition is not accurate, especially in the recognition of people of color and women. For children whose appearance changes with age, the accuracy of biometrics is even questionable. Misreporting may aggravate the involvement of law enforcement departments in schools and waste classroom time

Face recognition has encountered unprecedented controversy in the United States. The controversy of prejudice and discrimination brought by face recognition has aroused the dissatisfaction of many people and organizations. In particular, after the Freud incident, companies including Microsoft, IBM, Amazon and other companies have said that they will suspend providing the technology products to government departments. Last month, the City Council of Boston, the capital and largest city of Massachusetts, approved the Boston ordinances of face surveillance technology in Boston by a 13-0 vote. Prior to this, San Francisco, Somerville, Massachusetts and other places have formally passed the law to ban face recognition software in public places. Source: surging news editor: Wang Fengzhi_ NT2541

Face recognition has encountered unprecedented controversy in the United States. The controversy of prejudice and discrimination brought by face recognition has aroused the dissatisfaction of many people and organizations. In particular, after the Freud incident, companies including Microsoft, IBM, Amazon and other companies have said that they will suspend providing the technology products to government departments. Last month, the City Council of Boston, the capital and largest city of Massachusetts, approved the Boston ordinances of face surveillance technology in Boston by a 13-0 vote. Prior to this, San Francisco, Somerville, Massachusetts and other places have formally passed the law to ban face recognition software in public places.