Virginia passed a big ban on facial recognition nearly a year ago. After supporting freedom, privacy, and maintaining control over tech’s intrusions into our lives, they are backing off. Now they can use it to identify people who might have committed a crime, identify crime victims or witnesses (that’s always a creepy loophole), and a variety of other items. The comments of helping police solve and prosecute crimes more efficiently have a slight ring of what we’ll all be told in the future as George Orwell’s nightmares become reality… “if we can just save one life”.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Last year, Virginia lawmakers passed one of the most restrictive bans in the country on the use of facial recognition technology, barring local police departments and campus police from purchasing or using the technology unless explicitly authorized by the legislature.