The news: A coalition of civil rights organizations is demanding that retailers stop using facial recognition because the technology leads to abuses and wrongful arrests, per Bloomberg. More than 35 organizations joined the campaign and singled out various large retailers.
How we got here: Retailers use facial recognition to identify known shoplifters as well as to give preferential treatment to big spenders.
The takeaway: Since retailers are on private property, they are not bound by state or local regulations banning facial recognition. To date, only Portland, Oregon has included private businesses in its facial recognition ban. At most, the continuing backlash can increase awareness of the use of this technology and its consequences.
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