Los Angeles Police Ban Use of Third-Party Facial Recognition

Government Technology | Nov 18, 2020 at 1:00 AM
  • The Los Angeles Police Department has barred officers and detectives from using outside facial recognition platforms in their investigations after uncovering a handful of detectives had used a powerful commercial software platform known as Clearview AI without permission.
  • 13 directive sent to the entire agency, Deputy Chief  John McMahon , who heads the LAPD’s information technology bureau, noted that the only facial recognition system that LAPD officers are authorized to use is provided through the Los Angeles County Regional Identification System.
  • The Times reported in September that the LAPD had used the county’s facial recognition software nearly 30,000 times since 2009, despite at times denying it ever used facial recognition.