FPF Letter to NY State Legislature
On June 14, FPF submitted letters to the New York State Assembly and Senate supporting a well-crafted moratorium on facial recognition systems for security uses in public schools. FPF also cautioned against overly broad bans or language that might have unintended consequences on other security programs, including some that may include biometric technology.
Specifically, FPF recommended:
- A targeted moratorium specifically focused on pausing the use of facial recognition systems for security purposes at public school facilities, rather than banning the use of all biometric technology prior to July 2022;
- Permitting the continued operation of existing biometrics systems that do not rely on facial recognition, such as fingerprint and palm-print systems, and requiring a review of these systems; and
- Analysis and reporting regarding the risks and benefits of biometric technology in schools. The report should include recommendations concerning both 1) the appropriate notice regarding the use of facial recognition systems; and 2) the appropriate level of consent applicable to such systems, if facial recognition technology is approved for future use.