ACLU is Concerned About AI-Powered Surveillance Cameras

by | Jul 1, 2019 | Blog | 0 comments

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It’s no secret that artificial intelligence (AI) and facial recognition are making cameras smarter. Most recently, this includes the 50 million surveillance cameras across the US. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is concerned for the future and the use of these AI-powered surveillance cameras.

The ACLU views this as a potential civil rights issue and is requesting that policymakers create rules to protect us. In a recent press release, ACLU officials reported that they fear that the cameras will do more than record people. Because they are getting smarter with AI technology, they will be able to “make judgments about us based on their understanding of our actions, emotions, skin color, clothing, voice, and more.”

In other words, these cameras could store all of this seemingly needless information for later use against us. They are becoming a kind of security guard. So far, schools, retail stores and police departments across the United States have deployed cameras with this technology.

Recently, the ACLU won the battle against law enforcement using facial recognition against the public residents in San Francisco. Now, they are pushing the same fight against AI surveillance. The rules that the ACLU requested would minimize this abusive use of the video AI technology.

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