NYC: “NYPD ripped for abusing facial-recognition tool”

The NYPD uses sophisticated facial-recognition technology that likely affects anyone who recently had a mugshot taken, new court papers reveal, in a case that raises questions about oversight of the program.

Edited documents released through a lawsuit seeking information on the NYPD’s “Forensic Imaging System” hint at the vast scope of the searchable database that’s still shrouded in secrecy.

“NYPD’s face-recognition system appears to include data for every NYPD arrestee, meaning that each arrestee is subjected to face-recognition searches,” said papers filed by Georgetown University’s Center on Privacy and Technology.

Center attorney Stephanie Glaberson wrote there is “substantial evidence that face recognition is widely used by the department, and likely is used in every arrest.”


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