The Last Word: Dallas Police Chief on Potentially Deploying Facial Recognition Technology

“I can tell you that it will be a game changer for our hard-working detectives to have this technology.”

Eddie Garcia
Chief of Police
City of Dallas
.…on potentially using Clearview AI’s facial recognition technology to solve crimes in Dallas, via Dallas Observer.

Facial recognition technology is already being used by the Texas Department of Public Safety and police departments in Fort Worth, Arlington, and McKinney. Now the Dallas Police Department may be next in line to deploy it by partnering with New York-based Clearview AI, based on comments at a Monday meeting of the city’s Public Safety Committee.

“The solution is going to scrape the internet for all of these publicly posted photos that everybody posts on social media, the news media, everything, and use this for comparative analysis,” Dallas Police Maj. Stephen Williams told the committee, according to the Dallas Observer’s Jacob Vaughn.

The D.O. article notes the privacy concerns and other issues that have been raised about Clearview AI’s technology, which has been widely adopted by law enforcement agencies across the U.S. Both Chief Garcia and Williams emphasized their awareness of those concerns.

“I’m glad that we’ve actually taken time to see what has been out there, how we could better our policies and things of that nature when it comes to facial recognition,” García told the committee, according to the D.O.

You can read the D.O. story here.

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