Face Off: Law Enforcement Use of Face Recognition Technology

39 Pages Posted: 23 Sep 2021

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Jennifer Lynch

Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)

Date Written: April 20, 2020


This white paper takes a broad look at the problems with law enforcement use of face recognition technology in the United States. Part 1 provides an overview of the key issues with face recognition, including accuracy, security, and impact on privacy and civil rights. Part 2 focuses on FBI’s face recognition programs, because FBI not only manages the repository for most of the criminal data used by federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies across the United States, but also provides direct face recognition services to many of these agencies, and its systems exemplify the wider problems with face recognition. After considering these current issues, Part 3 looks ahead to potential future face recognition capabilities and concerns. Finally, Part 4 presents recommendations for policy makers on the limits and checks necessary to ensure that law enforcement use of face recognition respects civil liberties.

Suggested Citation

Lynch, Jennifer, Face Off: Law Enforcement Use of Face Recognition Technology (April 20, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3909038 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3909038

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