Concerns Arise Over Police Using Facial Recognition Software To Identify Suspect

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Police are using facial recognition software to help identify the shooter in the murders of five people. Authorities had the suspect in custody but could not identify him with a fingerprint match. 

The technology was recently used in Annapolis, Maryland to help identify the suspect in the shooting death of five people in the Capital Gazette Newsroom Shooting. 

But the American Civil Liberties Union has concerns over the use of facial recognition. They say it’s too much power for the government to have.

“It potentially could give law enforcement the ability to hit rewind on anybody’s life, find out everywhere they’ve been, who they’ve been with, what they’ve been doing, what religious, or sexual, or political, or medical activities they’ve been engaged in.” Says Jay Stanley Senior Policy Analyst for the National ACLU. 

Supporters of facial recognition say there are no privacy regulations on the facial recognition. 

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