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From: Declan McCullagh (declanat_private)
Date: Thu Mar 07 2002 - 07:55:41 PST

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    Subject: WashTimes: Restraints shelved on facial-recognition
    Date: Thu,  7 Mar 2002 14:56:28 +0000 (UTC)
     From The Washington Times, available online at:
    Restraints shelved on facial-recognition
    By Daniel F. Drummond
    March 5, 2002
    RICHMOND - A bill that would have required a judge's approval to use
    facial-recognition software was shelved yesterday by a Senate panel,
    leaving localities unchecked in implementing the technology.
    Virginia Beach plans to start using the software to find felons and
    runaways beginning May 31, but House Majority Leader Delegate H. Morgan
    Griffith said better safeguards are needed to ensure the technology is
    not abused.
    "The technology scares me," Mr. Griffith, Salem Republican and sponsor
    of the bill, told the Senate Courts of Justice Committee.
    Mr. Griffith said the bill will come up during next year's General
    Assembly session. It passed the House of Delegates three weeks ago in a
    74-25 vote.
    Mr. Griffith said surveillance cameras have proliferated recently, and
    cited the rooftop cameras installed in the District after September 11.
    His bill, he said, would curb that proliferation.
    But the chairman of the committee, Sen. Kenneth W. Stolle, said he did
    not see anything wrong with the technology.
    "Why should we want to limit law enforcement's access to those
    databases?" asked Mr. Stolle, a Republican from Virginia Beach and
    former police officer there.
    Mr. Stolle said the facial-recognition technology enables police to
    instantly match criminals to databases that contain their criminal
    "It's public record," Mr. Stolle said.
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