Ban the Scan A2

Call on Ann Arbor City Council to Ban the use of Facial Recognition by Government Agencies

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Learn how facial recognition technology impacts our community.

Safety in the Time of Surveillance
Thursday, April 29th 7:00-8:30pm

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Facial Recognition is a Social Justice issue

A group of people at a crosswalk with boxes around their faces

It is inaccurate

The current technology is significantly more inaccurate in identifying faces of color, of women, of young persons, or older persons, and of transgender/non-binary persons. That translates to these already vulnerable groups being far more likely to be falsely identified and ultimately end up in encounters with the police.

A police body camera

It perpetuates discrimination

Facial recognition technology is disproportionately used to surveille communities of color, leading to higher arrests and incarceration rates in an already too-targeted community.

Facial Recognition is a Privacy Issue

A camera lens

It erodes your right to privacy

Facial recognition can be used to largely eliminate any expectation of privacy in public, and in many instances, has the practical effect of forcing every person to walk around with an enlarged copy of their driver’s license on their shirts and carry a government GPS tracking device in their pocket.

A protest

It chills free speech

By just having access to cameras in the area, police can identify your involvement at protests and use it to target you. Just the threat of this alone creates a chilling effect and seriously deters peaceful protest.


What is Facial Recognition Technology?

Facial recognition systems are built on computer programs that analyze images of human faces for the purpose of identifying them. Unlike many other biometric systems, facial recognition can be used for general surveillance in combination with public video cameras, and it can be used in a passive way that doesn’t require the knowledge, consent, or participation of the subject.

Does the City use facial recognition technology?

According to Chief Cox, the AAPD does not utilize any facial recognition technology, though it has yet to be known for the City as a whole. The City does have a contract with Axon (formally Taser) for camera equipment that sends all images from police cruisers to Axon's servers for analysis.