SXSW 2019

The Fight Against Face Scanning Surveillance


Imagine the government tracking people with street light and officer-worn body cameras and using that information to identify protesters, target immigrants, or track people going about their daily private lives. Face scanning surveillance technology may make this world of authoritarian control possible, and advocates are sounding the alarm. In the wake of the ACLU’s bombshell report detailing how Amazon has helped U.S. police deploy this powerful technology, join ACLU attorneys to discuss the risks of face scanning surveillance, the civil rights community’s fight against it, and the tech industry’s responsibility to act.

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  1. What is face scanning technology and which U.S. law enforcement agencies are using it right now?
  2. How does government face scanning surveillance harm privacy, chill free speech, and pose a disproportionate risk to immigrants and people of color?
  3. What is the responsibility of companies developing face scanning surveillance technology?



Matt Cagle, Technology and Civil Liberties Attorney, ACLU of Northern California

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Intelligent Future
  • Track 2
  • Level: Beginner

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