S.T.O.P. Condemns Subway Facial Recognition at Port Authority/Times-Square

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S.T.O.P. Condemns Subway Facial Recognition at Port Authority/Times-Square
(NEW YORK, NY, 4/18/19) – Today, the Surveillance Technology Oversight Project (STOP), a New York-based privacy group, condemned the MTA’s installation of facial recognition in the Times Square–42nd Street/Port Authority Bus Terminal subway station. Photos shared on social media showed a live recording of individuals entering the subway station, with facial recognition outlines of subway riders’ faces.
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These latest revelations came just a week after reports that the MTA’s facial recognition program for bridges and tunnels had failed to identify a single driver’s face.  Last week, researchers also revealed failures in the NYPD’s facial recognition program, which frequently returns hundreds of incorrect “matches” for a single suspect’s face.
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“The MTA is wrong to use facial recognition without first telling the public how it’s being used and with whom the data is being shared,” said STOP Executive Director Albert Fox Cahn. “Some facial recognition algorithms work well, but others are broken and biased. The MTA must tell us what how it’s analyzing our faces and how they know those systems work. More importantly, we need to know how the data is being shared. If this data is available to the federal government, especially ICE, it breaks the promise that New York will be a sanctuary city.”
The Surveillance Technology Oversight Project STOP is a non-profit advocacy organization and legal services provider hosted by the Urban Justice Center. STOP litigates and advocates for privacy, fighting excessive local and state-level surveillance. Our work highlights the discriminatory impact of surveillance on Muslim Americans, immigrants, and communities of color.

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CONTACT: STOP Executive Director Albert Fox Cahn; 
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