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'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.'

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Did you know that "When the American Civil Liberties Union tested the Amazon facial recognition tool against members of Congress, 28 legislators were falsely matched with people in a mug shot database. People of color including six members of the Congressional Black Caucus were disproportionately represented among the 28. Whether that was a result of a bias in policing or a bias in the technology itself is a tossup. Just as studies have found a systemic racial bias in the justice system, it's also been shown that facial recognition is particularly prone to error when used on people of color."

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