ADDING ARTICLE XXXIV, “PRIVACY” TO CHAPTER 2 OF THE TOWNSHIP CODE ENTITLED “CHARTER/ADMINISTRATIVE CODE”
This ordinance will ban the use of facial recognition surveillance technologies by the Township.
These technologies have resulted in innocent people (including this one here in NJ), being held for crimes they didn’t commit. Crimes there were not even anywhere close to. 10 days. Sitting in a cell for a crime you didn’t commit.
This man, the first to be arrested after being fingered by an “algorithm”, spent 30 hours in jail while his 5 yr old daughter cried at home. He told her he’d be right back as they arrested him.
“While the potential benefits of reliable facial recognition technology shouldn’t be dismissed out of hand, a sloppy panopticon is almost as dangerous as an effective one.”
Maybe one day, but not today.
Now we need to build out policies for how municipalities adopt tech and evaluate it for use in the future.
The discussion about the Ordinance takes place below