Bill putting some oversight on police use of facial recognition tech in Utah is going nowhere

A bill that would have put some oversight on police’s use of facial recognition technology didn’t go anywhere on Utah’s Capitol Hill in the face of pushback from lawmakers on the right and left who felt it didn’t do enough.

Sen. Daniel Thatcher, R-West Valley City, proposed a bill that would have put some oversight on the Utah Department of Public Safety’s use of the technology, including a disclosure that people’s driver license photos would be scanned. But the bill didn’t get very far in questioning by his colleagues on the Utah State Legislature’s Government Operations Interim Committee.