Tell lawmakers: Regulate face surveillance!

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In 2020, Massachusetts lawmakers passed strong face surveillance legislation, but Governor Baker blocked these commonsense limits on a dangerous and racially biased technology. The compromise law he signed does not address the dangers that face surveillance poses to our most cherished freedoms.

We're calling on lawmakers once again to support the stronger legislation they enacted in 2020, which would prevent government agencies from using face surveillance to track people, prohibit the use of face surveillance in schools, require police to seek a warrant before using image matching technology to investigate serious crimes and let defendants know when the technology has been used to implicate them in criminal investigations.

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I know the legislature began to tackle the issue of face surveillance last session, and I'm really glad. I hope you'll strengthen the law in the coming year.

When the House and Senate passed strong measures to regulate face surveillance last session, the Governor only agreed to a partial first step. The existing law doesn't go far enough in safeguarding police use of the technology, and it is completely silent on its use by other types of government agencies. This remains an area of unfinished business.

"An Act to regulate face surveillance" (H.135, filed by Reps. Dave Rogers and Orlando Ramos; S.47, filed by Sen. Cynthia Creem), reaffirms the House and Senate's strong original approach. It will put in place basic checks and balances on government use of face surveillance by ensuring that government agencies cannot track every person's activities in public places, that Black men are no longer exposed to increased risk of false arrest, and that defendants have access to evidence against them derived from face surveillance.

Will you please make sure Massachusetts does more to protect residents from a technology even Silicon Valley admits can do grave harm?


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