ACLU Sues Tech Firm to Halt 'Unlawful, Privacy-Destroying' Facial Recognition Activities

Homepage | Forums | Main Forums | General Discussion | ACLU Sues Tech Firm to Halt 'Unlawful, Privacy-Destroying' Facial Recognition Activities

Viewing 1 reply thread
  • Author
    • #320266
      • Total Posts: 5,534

      “The ACLU is taking its fight to defend privacy rights against the growing threat of this unregulated surveillance technology to the courts,” he said, “even as we double down on our work in legislatures and city councils nationwide.”

      The suit was filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County on behalf of the national ACLU, the ACLU of Illinois, the Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation, the Sex Workers Outreach Project, the Illinois State Public Interest Research Group (PIRG), and Mujeres Latinas en Acción. As Freed Wessler wrote in an ACLU blog post about the case:

      Face recognition technology offers a surveillance capability unlike any other technology in the past. It makes it dangerously easy to identify and track us at protests, AA meetings, counseling sessions, political rallies, religious gatherings, and more. For our clients—organizations that serve survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, undocumented immigrants, and people of color—this surveillance system is dangerous and even life-threatening. It empowers abusive ex-partners and serial harassers, exploitative companies, and ICE agents to track and target domestic violence and sexual assault survivors, undocumented immigrants, and other vulnerable communities.

      The complaint accuses Clearview AI of violating Illinois residents’ privacy rights under the state’s Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA). The 2008 Illinois law requires companies to notify and obtain written consent from state residents before collecting or obtaining their biometric information or identifiers, which BIPA defines as “a retina or iris scan, fingerprint, voiceprint, or scan of hand or face geometry.” Many activists and experts consider the law in Illinois to be the country’s toughest state biometric privacy standard.

      Jesus: Hey, Dad? God: Yes, Son? Jesus: Western civilization followed me home. Can I keep it? God: Certainly not! And put it down this minute--you don't know where it's been! Tom Robbins in Another Roadside Attraction

    • #320279
      Cold Mountain Trail
      • Total Posts: 8,440
Viewing 1 reply thread
  • You must be logged in to reply to this topic.