The New York School District That Used Facial Recognition Now Has To Stop

Caroline Haskins:

On Tuesday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a moratorium on facial recognition and biometric technology from public and private schools in the state until at least July 2022. One of the few districts in the country to use facial recognition in its schools, Lockport City School District, will comply with the facial recognition moratorium, the Lockport Journal reported.

That doesn’t appear to be the first choice of the administrators of the western New York district. Documents obtained by BuzzFeed News via public record requestshow that they argued in a slide presentation that when it comes to facial recognition, “history is on our side.”

It’s unclear who gave the presentation, where, or when. But it has a clear pro-surveillance message.