Legislation would set limits on use of facial recognition technology by Massachusetts law enforcement
A warrant would be needed for a facial recognition search
The Massachusetts House has passed a bill to regulate law enforcement use of facial recognition technology.
State Representative Orlando Ramos of Springfield filed an amendment to a judiciary bond bill to codifying the recommendations of a commission that was established by the legislature to investigate the use of the controversial technology.
It passed by a 149-4 vote and is now pending in the State Senate.
It is an issue Ramos has been working on since his time as a Springfield City Councilor when he authored an ordinance banning the use of facial surveillance technology by the Springfield Police Department.
WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Ramos.