Amnesty International calls for ban on facial recognition

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As advocates for facial recognition tout the tech's potential to track down the US Capitol rioters, a new Amnesty International campaign has provided a timely reminder of the software's dangers. The NGO has shared a stream of examples of how the software amplifies racist policing and threatens the right to protest -- and called for a global ban on the tech. The Ban the Scan campaign was launched on Tuesday in New York City, where facial recognition has been used 22,000 since 2017. Amnesty notes that the software is often prone to errors. But even when it "works," it can exacerbate discriminatory policing, violate our privacy, and threaten our rights to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression.

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