San Diego Unified Uses Facial Recognition Software, Too
The New York Times paints a creepy picture this week of facial recognition software, a tool used by the San Diego Police Department. San Diego Unified, which has its own police force, uses the tool also. The district says it has only used the software on adults, but there’s no policy outlining the limits of its use, nor have the school board or parents had a chance to weigh in.
Facial recognition technology gives police the ability to photograph a person’s face, run it through a database of hundreds of thousands San Diego mugshots, and match it to features of someone they’ve stopped.
An aside in the Times story caught my eye (emphasis mine):
Here, beat cops, detectives and even school police officers have been using hand-held devices to create a vast database of tens of thousands of photos of people …