A civil rights group has filed go well with in opposition to the New York Corrections Division for not turning over data on the way it makes use of facial recognition expertise on guests at state lockups, new court docket papers present.
The New York Civil Liberties Union says it requested data from the Division of Correction and Communities Supervision on Sept. 23, saying the general public has the “proper to know primary details” about how the “notoriously inaccurate and susceptible to error expertise is getting used at lockups, in accordance with the Manhattan Supreme Court docket go well with filed Wednesday.
However on Jan. 29, the NYCLU’s request — made underneath New York’s Freedom of Data Regulation — was denied by the DOCCS for a generic sequence of exemptions for FOIL requests, the go well with claims. The NYCLU’s enchantment of that call was additionally denied on March 1.
Within the go well with, the advocacy group warned about drawbacks of facial recognition expertise, saying it “inevitably will misidentify guests as unwelcome and deny visitation.” It added that “the implications could also be extra dire” if the facial recognition system misidentifies somebody as having an excellent warrant or different justice system involvement and wrongfully detains them in consequence.
The group says they’ve heard from individuals who have been turned away “based mostly on utilization of face recognition expertise to display screen guests,” the go well with claims.
However there’s nothing within the DOCCS directives, handbook or on the customer webpage that mentions the usage of facial recognition expertise and the opportunity of being denied visitation due to it, the go well with says.
The NYCLU is asking a choose to pressure the company to show over the data.
The DOCCS didn’t instantly return a request for remark.