Now is the time. Tell congress to ban federal use of face recognition
At the local, state, and federal level, people across the country are urging politicians to ban the government’s use of face surveillance because it is inherently invasive and dangerous. Ten U.S. cities have done so, including San Francisco and Boston. Now is finally our chance to end the federal government’s use of this spying technology. Tell your senators and representatives they must pass Facial Recognition and Biometric Technology Moratorium Act of 2020. This important bill would be a critical step to ensuring that mass surveillance systems don’t use your face to track, identify, or incriminate you. The bill would ban the use of face surveillance by the federal government, as well as withhold certain federal funding streams for local and state governments that use the technology.
That’s why we’re asking you to insist your elected officials co-sponsor and vote “Yes” on the Facial Recognition and Biometric Technology Moratorium Act of 2020, S.4084 in the Senate.
Amazon Ring has set up more than 1300 partnerships with law enforcement agencies. This promotes racial profiling by exacerbating suspicion and paranoia, vastly expands police surveillance, discourages free speech, and undermines trust between police and residents.
Ring plays an active role in enabling and perpetuating police harassment of Black Americans. Please join us in demanding that Amazon Ring end these partnerships.
As we all rely more and more on our Internet access during this crisis, the House of Representatives has passed a relief bill that includes a way to keep people affected by COVID-19 online. Tell your Senators to support the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program.