(WGGB/WSHM) – On Wednesday, multiple U.S. senators and representatives, including Massachusetts Senator Edward Markey and Representative Ayanna Pressley, sent letters to several federal agencies urging them to end their use of Clearview AI’s facial recognition technology.
In their letters, which were sent to the Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, the Department of Defense, Department of Interior, and the Department of Health and Human Services, the lawmakers voiced concerns about this technology’s ability to eliminate public anonymity and highlighted that the technology poses unique threats to black communities, communities of color, and immigrant communities.
The lawmakers wrote in their letters, quote:
Facial recognition tools pose a serious threat to the public’s civil liberties and privacy rights, and Clearview AI’s product is particularly dangerous. We urge you to immediately stop the department’s use of facial recognition technology, including Clearview AI’s tools.