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A look at Lockport's untouched $1.4 million high-tech facial recognition system

Published: September 9, 2019
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Source: wkbw.com

The Lockport City School District began classes last week — without its long discussed AEGIS facial recognition technology in place.

The State Department of Education told the district to hold off on installing the system while more questions were answered about its use and scope.

Superintendent Michelle Bradley told our 7 Eyewitness News I-Team that as of right now, the system is set to be implemented tracking only guns, not faces at all.

It’s being done as part of the effort to get the software off the ground and at least run on a trial basis throughout the schools.

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But after pushback from the New York Civil Liberties Union over whether students of color would be unfairly targeted, the suspended students category was taken out of district’s plans entirely, followed by all faces and human biometric data being removed months later.

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We are staring our Orwellian future right in the face.  Beginning in New York, facial recognition is coming to schools in the United States and it’ll be switched on for testing next week.

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