|Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|Feb 24, 2021||committee discharged and committed to internet and technology|
|Jan 06, 2021||referred to finance|
senate Bill S79
Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Internet And Technology Committee
- In Committee
- On Floor Calendar
- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed/Vetoed by Governor
S79 (ACTIVE) - Details
S79 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER: S79 SPONSOR: HOYLMAN TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the executive law, in relation to prohibiting the use of biometric surveillance technology by law enforcement; establishing the biometric surveillance regulation task force; and providing for the repeal of certain provisions upon expiration thereof PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To prohibit the use of biometric surveillance technology by law enforce- ment and establish a task force to examine the issue, determine whether the use of such technology should be allowed, and if so, propose a comprehensive set of standards for use of such technology. SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 of the bill sets forth legislative intent.
S79 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 79 2021-2022 Regular Sessions I N S E N A T E (PREFILED) January 6, 2021 ___________ Introduced by Sens. HOYLMAN, BAILEY, BIAGGI, KRUEGER, SEPULVEDA -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Finance AN ACT to amend the executive law, in relation to prohibiting the use of biometric surveillance technology by law enforcement; establishing the biometric surveillance regulation task force; and providing for the repeal of certain provisions upon expiration thereof THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Legislative intent. The legislature finds and declares the following: (a) The use of biometric surveillance technology has been largely unregulated by all levels of government in the United States to date, allowing its unfettered use by private entities, government, and law enforcement with little to no requirements or restrictions relating to use, data retention, privacy protections, and use of information derived from such systems in law enforcement investigations. In New York, this lack of regulation and oversight has led to concerning practices by law enforcement, such as including sealed mugshots and arrest photos of juveniles in facial recognition databases and running photos of celebri- ty lookalikes through facial recognition software to attempt to identify potential suspects. (b) Studies of currently available biometric surveillance technology demonstrate that such technology's consistency and accuracy can vary widely based on age, gender, sex, race, and other factors, and has been found to be particularly inaccurate when used on women, young people, and people of color. (c) These accuracy concerns are particularly troubling in the context of this technology's ongoing and increasing use by law enforcement. New York's law enforcement should not rely on technology that has demon- EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
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