Samuel A. Alito

Rep. Elijah Cummings wants to know all about Baltimore's use of facial recognition technology

Rep. Elijah Cummings wants to know all about Baltimore's use of facial recognition technology

Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) has quietly asked 10 cities, including Baltimore, to send him all documents relating to the use of facial recognition equipment in their jurisdictions. 

"The large scale recording, retention, and use of biometric information by law enforcement raises serious privacy concerns and may implicate the Fourth Amendment," the letter, which is dated May 17 and signed by both Cummings, who is the ranking member of the Committee on Government Oversight and Reform, and Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), the committee’s chairman, reads in part. "While this software has the potential to be a powerful tool for identifying dangerous criminals,...

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