A small case involving drugs in Florida is set to have implications for how authorities deal with face recognition technology.
In the case, a suspect was arrested for selling crack cocaine to undercover officers who took his photo with a smartphone.
The Florida Times-Union reported Sunday that a researcher at the Georgetown Center on Privacy and Technology is using court records from the case to educate public defenders on how the technology could apply to criminal cases.
“So far it’s the case that has dealt most directly and most broadly with facial recognition,” said Clare Garvie, a researcher at the Georgetown center. “This is the first time that we actually have a case where the court is considering what to do with it.”
The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office in November couldn’t identify any policies guiding its use of the facial recognition software and declined to discuss the technology in detail.