Pressure on US lawmakers to create federal regulations on facial recognition has been mounting.
IBM, Amazon, and Microsoft stopped selling the technology to US police, and called on Congress to regulate its use. Amidst international protests against racism and police misconduct, news broke that Detroit police had wrongfully arrested a Black man based on a faulty facial recognition match. In response, House Democrats proposed a bill last week that would ban police from using facial recognition.
Against that backdrop, industry groups have quietly lobbied to soften regulations and avoid an outright ban. The effort has created strange bedfellows: Last year, the US Chamber of Commerce wrote a letter urging leaders to keep facial recognition legal. Signatories included the American Association of Airport Executives, the Security Industry Association, and NetChoice, a trade group dedicated to free enterprise on the internet.
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