Congress faces ‘hard questions’ on facial recognition as activists push for ban

Lawmakers pressed officials on the federal government’s use of facial recognition today, as activists push for an outright ban on the technology.

The issue came under renewed scrutiny this week after a report on how Immigration and Customers Enforcement and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are using the technology in investigations. “Americans don’t expect — and certainly don’t consent — to be surveilled just because they get a license or ID card,” Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) said in a tweet soon after the report was released. “This has to stop.”

Ahead of the hearing this week, a coalition of civil rights advocates, including the American Civil Liberties Union and…

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