PROTEST SURVEILLANCE CONCERNS: Three Democratic senators are raising concerns about government surveillance of anti-police brutality protests that have erupted across the nation following the death of George Floyd.
In a letter to departments of Justice and Homeland Security, the lawmakers pointed to reports that the agencies may be using facial recognition technology to identify individuals participating in the peaceful demonstrations.
n particular, they noted that some police departments have partnered with Clearview AI, a controversial facial recognition company that has been under intense scrutiny since it was discovered to have amassed a database of more than 3 billion photos collected by scraping social media.
"The federal government’s use of technology to identify each individual at a demonstration en masse has a chilling effect on all of our protected First Amendment activities," Democratic Sens. Cory Booker (N.J.), Sherrod Brown(Ohio) and Ron Wyden (Ore.) wrote to Attorney General William Barr and Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf.