Face surveillance gives the government unprecedented power to track our every move.
We're fighting—and winning.
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. Meanwhile, the ACLU is working in municipalities like Boston, Springfield, Cambridge, Northampton, Brookline, and Somerville to bring this technology under democratic control by introducing and enacting local prohibitions on government use.
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.