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ACLU to Congress: It’s time to hit the pause button on face recognition tech

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In a Wednesday hearing on face recognition technology, experts and members of the House Oversight Committee expressed concern about errors and bias linked to the technology and its impact on civil liberties.

“More than half of American adults are part of facial recognition databases, and they may not even know it,” said Elijah Cummings, the Maryland Democrat and the committee’s chairman, who later suggested that the technology is a “defective system.”

Experts testifying pointed to evidence that facial recognition software often has lower accuracy rates with people other than white men and the lack of oversight over how police agencies deploy the technology.

“Federal, state, and local police continue to expand the use of this........

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