Facial recognition tool led to mistaken arrest...

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  • Under the latest city rules, all possible matches must undergo a peer review by other facial recognition investigators.Legislation to restrict the use of facial recognition statewide died in a 2021 legislative session.
  • Facial recognition systems have faced criticism because of their mass surveillance capabilities, which raise privacy concerns, and because some studies have shown that the technology is far more likely to misidentify Black and other people of color than white people, which has resulted in mistaken arrests.
  • Reid is Black, and his arrest brings new attention to the use of a technology critics say results in a higher rate of misidentification of people of color than of white people.
  • Jefferson Sheriff Joe Lopinto’s office did not respond to several requests for information from The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate on Reid’s arrest and release, the agency’s use of facial recognition or any safeguards around it.
  • Reid’s case brings renewed attention to the use of facial recognition tools in Louisiana and elsewhere.
  • Police in New Orleans say facial recognition can be used only to generate leads and that officers must get approval from department officials before lodging a request through the Louisiana State Analytic and Fusion Exchange in Baton Rouge.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) Louisiana authorities use of facial recognition technology led to the mistakenidentity arrest of a Georgia man on a fugitive warrant, an attorney said in a case that renews attentio [+2702 chars]