The bill is based on concerns that facial recognition is not reliable enough to report a high number of innocent people interrogating or arresting. Advocates also argue that adding face recognition to body cameras creates a monitoring tool of technology that should create more accountability and trust in police departments.
Currently, it is not common for police departments to use facial recognition in their body cameras. But privacy advocates fear that this could happen soon.
"Facial scanning police cameras have no place on our streets where they can be used to observe individuals who live privately, including their location and personal relationships." Matt Cagle, lawyer for technology and civil liberties at the ACLU in Northern California, said in a statement:
The bill is about to join a number of other laws restricting the use of face recognition and other surveillance technologies. San Francisco wasfor face-level municipalities, and several other cities have since passed similar laws. Cities are also increasingly interested in laws requiring police authorities for new and existing surveillance technologies.
Also, technology companies voiced concerns as body camera maker Axon announced in Junein its products. that companies check facial recognition for accuracy and have no built-in distortion. Studies have shown that some when images are judged by women and people with darker skin.
The California State Assembly must vote on the bill and the governor must sign it before it can be signed.