The US state of Maine has begun implementing a new law regulating the use of facial recognition technology by law enforcement, after the state’s House and Senate unanimously approved it.
The law places severe restrictions on the use of this technology, including prohibiting its use in public schools and many government sectors, even for surveillance purposes.
It is noteworthy that the law was first introduced in the state last April, when its draft was presented as a formula approved by the state parliament, representatives of the American Civil Liberties Association in the state, state police and the Ministry of Public Security. this.
Proponents of this law stated that it is the strictest at the level of US states, while there is no federal law in the United States regulating the use of this technology in the US.
Garrison Lockner, a member of the Democratic Party’s Maine House of Representatives, said the legislation is “a major victory for civil liberties in Maine … it is also a victory for cooperation and consensus between the Republican and Democratic parties.”
And I hope Maine will provide an example for other US states that want to curb the government’s ability to use facial recognition and other biometric technologies for citizens.”
According to new law in Maine, law enforcement officers can request that they be allowed to use facial recognition technology to search for a person wanted by the FBI or the state’s Office of Motor Vehicles, if there is reason to believe that The person has committed a crime. serious crime.
The law also states that conducting a search using facial recognition technology is not a probable cause for law enforcement to self-arrest or seek a person. The law allows individuals to sue any institution or government official if they believe they have broken the law.
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