From ACLU of Northern California <[email protected]>
Subject We're Winning Against Dangerous Face Surveillance
Date July 1, 2021 3:00 PM
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Tell Biden and Congress to halt dangerous face recognition technologies.

Friend –

Across California, ACLU activists like you are fighting back against dangerous and racist face surveillance in order to protect our communities and our lives – and we're winning.

Now it’s time for President Biden and Congress to fully support our movement.

Please sign the petition today and demand immediate federal action to stop government use of face recognition technology. <[link removed]>

Take Action <[link removed]>

The technology industry and government officials want to use dangerous face recognition to prop up unjust systems and preserve their power. We know it's already been used to try to intimidate activists, target immigrants, wrongfully arrest Black people, and impede access to unemployment relief and housing. Together, we will stop them.

Thanks to ACLU members and activists like you, the nationwide movement against face recognition is gathering unstoppable momentum. Add your important voice to the fight. <[link removed]>

Together, we have blown the whistle on face surveillance and forced Big Tech companies like Amazon, Microsoft, and Google to not sell this dangerous technology to law enforcement. We have passed bans on government face recognition in 20 cities and counties, starting here in San Francisco and leading up to this month’s unanimous approval of a ban in King County, Washington – right in the backyard of Amazon and Microsoft.

We’re winning at the state level too. In 2019, we spearheaded the passage of California AB 1215, a bill blocking face and biometric surveillance capability for police body cameras, preventing their use to supercharge discriminatory policing.

And just last week, the ACLU of Northern California joined more than 70 grassroots organizations leading the fight against face surveillance in their communities. We called on Congress to stop dangerous face surveillance – and reject any efforts that undermine our movement with weak federal laws that legitimize its use and try to erase our important local and state bans on this dangerous surveillance technology.

It was great timing for Congress to hear from all of us because an important bicameral bill to stop face recognition was introduced in Congress – called the Facial Recognition and Biometric Technology Moratorium Act. This ACLU-supported bill would stop federal agencies from using face and biometric recognition surveillance technologies and effectively strip federal support for purchases of such systems by state and local governments.

Right now is a critical time to make sure that Biden and Congress also hear from you. <[link removed]> Make it clear that you expect President Biden and Congress to say NO to dangerous face surveillance.

Thank you for fighting for social justice in the digital age,

Nicole A. Ozer, Racial and Economic justice attorney for the ACLU of Northern California

Nicole A. Ozer
Technology and Civil Liberties Director,
ACLU of Northern California

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