Body Cameras Should Work for The People, Not be Used for Invasive Surveillance
Californians were promised that body cameras would be a tool for police accountability and transparency. But now, body camera manufacturers are exploring ways to outfit these cameras with face surveillance technology capable of tracking and surveilling us as we go about our daily lives.
Officer-worn body cameras should work for the people, not against the people. No matter who we are, where we’re from, or what we believe, we should all be able to trust the people charged with keeping our communities safe. Adding face surveillance to body cameras would be a dangerous step in the wrong direction. This uniquely harmful and flawed technology should never roam our streets. That’s why we’re co-sponsoring AB 1215: The Body Camera Accountability Act, a bill introduced by Assemblymember Phil Ting, to protect the public from mass surveillance via body cameras.
The bill is a straightforward public safety protection that prevents the use of face recognition and other biometric surveillance systems on police body cameras and the data they collect.
Facial recognition and other biometric surveillance in public spaces won’t make us safer. But it will make us less free.
The California Senate will be voting on this bill soon. They’re hearing from surveillance corporations and law enforcement that have a stake in expanding their own reach and power. So it’s critical that they hear from you, the voters they serve.