New York Bill SB6776 Would Ban Facial Recognition on Police Body Cameras

A bill introduced in the New York Senate would ban police from using facial recognition and biometric scanners with body-worn cameras. The law will not only help protect privacy in New York, but it would also hinder one aspect of the federal surveillance state.

Sen. Brad Hoylman (D-NYC) introduced Senate Bill 6776 (S6776) on Oct. 11. The proposed law would prohibit local law enforcement agencies and the New York State Police from installing, activating or using any facial recognition or biometric surveillance system in connection with a body-worn camera or any data collected by an officer camera.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom recently signed a bill into law that institutes a similar ban for three years despite intense law enforcement opposition.