Congresswoman to introduce legislation on bias in face recognition software
22 October 2019 16:11 GMT

Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence wants to introduce legislation that will implement a federal review of facial recognition software.

“I understand there is a need to ensure that our communities and neighborhoods are safe. However, we must not act hastily and take the proper precautions to prevent any violations of the rights of our citizens,” said Representative Lawrence. “Currently, there are no federal regulations that actively govern the use of the facial recognition software. On the heels of my visit to the Real Time Crime Center, I find it essential that I introduce legislation that will implement a federal review of this technology. My bill will require the government to evaluate the technology for bias concerns and review best training and hiring practices to ensure this tool remains race neutral,” added Representative Lawrence.

“Facial recognition technology is quickly being embraced around the country as a solution to reduce crime, this technology is here to stay and we must make it work for us in a fair and productive manner.”