Democrats in the House and Senate today introduced legislation banning federal law enforcement from using facial recognition technology.

“Facial recognition technology doesn’t just pose a grave threat to our privacy, it physically endangers Black Americans and other minority populations in our country,” said Sen. Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., who introduced the bill along with Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash. and Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass.

The Facial Recognition and Biometric Technology Moratorium Act of 2020, comes on the heels of Boston imposing a similar ban on use of the technology by law enforcement in the city and a couple of weeks after Amazon placed a one-year moratorium on selling its Rekognition solution to law enforcement and IBM pulled out of the market altogether.

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