Keep Facial Recognition Out of the Classroom

Students as young as 4-years-old who attend public school in Western New York’s Lockport School District will be subject to surveillance from facial recognition technology this fall.

Other districts around the state could be next. TAKE ACTION: Tell Gov. Cuomo and the State Education Department to keep facial recognition out of the classroom.

Message Recipients:

Gov. Cuomo
NY State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia

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This school year, students as young as 4-years-old who attend public school in Western New York’s Lockport School District are subject to surveillance from facial recognition technology.

Other districts around the state could be next.

I’m writing to demand that the State Education Department do everything it can to keep facial recognition technology out of our schools.

This technology works with the school’s existing surveillance cameras, scanning every person’s face throughout the day and comparing it to an unknown database. If the computer thinks a student’s face is the same as someone in the database, they could be removed from the school, subject to arrest, or worse.

Facial recognition technology in schools sends a message to students that they are potential criminals who must have their faces scanned wherever they go. This has the potential to turn every step a student takes into evidence of a crime.

I'm counting on you to make sure facial recognition technology is banned in public schools statewide.

New York students should not be treated as suspects. We must keep this technology out of the classroom.

Sincerely,

[First Name] [Last Name]
[Your Address]

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