Face surveillance gives the government unprecedented power to track our every move.
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The ACLU of Massachusetts' "Press Pause on Face Surveillance" campaign seeks to educate the public on the civil liberties concerns posed by face surveillance technology and the need to pass a statewide moratorium on the government's use of the technology.
Face surveillance systems are computer programs designed to analyze images of human faces to identify and track people at a distance, without their knowledge or consent. Private companies marketing this technology to government agencies boast that it can monitor people in real-time, reconstruct past movements from video footage, perform “emotion detection,” and uniquely identify hundreds of individuals from a single photo.
A first-of-its-kind poll found that nine-in-10 (91%) Massachusetts voters think the Commonwealth needs to regulate the government’s ongoing use of face surveillance technology. The poll also revealed that 76% of Massachusetts voters do not think the government should be able to monitor and track people with this technology, and 79% of voters support a moratorium to press pause on government use of face surveillance technology, which is currently unregulated in Massachusetts.