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Oh No - Not California!

Discussion in 'Announcements & Open Forum' started by DXman, Aug 15, 2019.

  1. DXman

    DXman Well-Known Member

    Apr 5, 2005
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    Facial recognition test mistakenly identified 26 California legislators as criminals
    Test was in support of new law banning use the tech in police body cams
    By Cal Jeffrey on August 14, 2019, 3:13 PM 27 comments
    Again? No, you are not experiencing a case of déjà vu. The ACLU has actually conducted another facial recognition test like the one they did last year on Congress. This time they put the technology to use on California lawmakers, and it identified 26 of them as criminals.

    The results of the experiment were similar to last year's, which identified 28 members of the US Congress as criminals. In both studies, the ALCU contends that the majority of misidentifications involved people of color.

    "[The experiment] reinforces the fact that facial recognition software is not ready for prime time – let alone for use in body cameras worn by law enforcement," said assembly member Phil Ting said in a press conference. Ting was one of the lawmakers marked as a criminal.

    "While we can laugh about it as legislators, it's no laughing matter if you're an individual trying to get a job, trying to get a home," he continued. "If you're falsely accused, what happens? It impacts your ability to get a job, to get housing. There are real people that this can impact."


    The repeated test is being used to drum up publicity and support for California assembly bill 1215. Ting and the Northern California ALCU co-sponsored AB 1215, also called The Body Camera Accountability Act. The proposed legislation would make facial recognition, and biometric surveillance in police body cams unlawful in California. The bill's PR campaign slogan is "One false match is one too many."

    The ACLU is vehemently opposed to the technology, calling it a "disaster for communities and their civil rights."

    "The spread of facial recognition body cameras in California neighborhoods would be a massive public safety hazard," said ACLU attorney Matt Cagle. "Even if this technology was accurate, which it is not, face recognition-enabled body cameras would facilitate massive violations of Californians' civil rights."

    Ting first introduced AB 1215 to the assembly back in February. The state legislature approved it in May. The California Senate is slated to put it to a vote sometime in the next few weeks.
    Shadetree Mechanic likes this.

  2. Norm Garland

    Norm Garland Member

    Jan 13, 2018
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    From what I can tell the software wasn't wrong.
    fogdog, GTA61, codeman and 1 other person like this.
  3. DainBramage

    DainBramage Well-Known Member

    Sep 28, 2014
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    Can I sue Facebook when someone uses it

    And I am in the same picture?

    Answer,........................ YES!!!!
    #3 DainBramage, Aug 15, 2019
    Last edited: Aug 15, 2019
  4. TM86

    TM86 Ooohhh, shiny!

    Jul 6, 2014
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    Let's check back in a few years and see if the system has predictive abilities.
  5. Shadetree Mechanic

    Shadetree Mechanic 808 On The North Side of Dover

    Oct 23, 2017
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    They will pass it one way or another. Sky Net was not perfected when they implemented it either.......
  6. Tweetybird

    Tweetybird Active Member

    Jun 23, 2019
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    It was wrong. There is way more than 26 criminal politicians in caifornia
    fogdog, kopcicle, Robb and 1 other person like this.

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