"Even if facial recognition works without bias, New Yorkers deserve to know basic details about what the N.Y.P.D. is doing with it. Very little is known about the NYPD's use of facial recognition technology. What kind of facial recognition is in place? Which databases are being used? How many people have been scanned, and why? How long is their data retained? Are the police sharing facial recognition data with federal agencies like ICE or even private corporations?What little we know is largely thanks to a lawsuit that has dragged on for two years, after the Police Department turned over only one document in response to a public records request for information about its use of facial recognition. It’s time for the City Council speaker, Corey Johnson, to move the POST Act forward. Transparency is the least that New Yorkers deserve. This bill would help provide it."