Facepalm: new program lands facial recognition software in cops' hands
One officer interviewed by CIR claimed the technology was used not to identify perps but "to identify injured people who were unresponsive and had no identifying documents." Another said, "If you're not in a criminal database, you have nothing to hide."
The Electronic Frontier Foundation, which had been gathering information on the project prior to CIR’s report, had a different take. According to documents obtained by EFF, facial recognition fails about 20 percent of the time. That could lead to innocent people being ensnared in the criminal justice system for no reason.