Facial recognition surveillance has been banned recently by three U.S. cities and has been the target of growing condemnation on both sides of the political spectrum in Congress, with both Democratic and Republican members of the House Oversight and Reform Committee slamming the technology at a hearing in May.

The technology was created by an industry not known for its racial diversity, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) noted.

“We have a technology that was created and designed by one demographic, that is only mostly effective on that one demographic, and they’re trying to sell it and impose it on the entirety of the country,” Ocasio-Cortez said of the tech sector.

“Seems to me it’s time for a timeout,” added Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio). “Doesn’t matter what side of the political spectrum you’re on, this should concern us all.”

Also in May, tenants in Brooklyn’s Atlantic Plaza Towers filed a legal complaint with New York state after their landlord announced plans to install facial recognition technology in their building.

“We don’t believe he’s doing this to beef up security in the building,” longtime tenant Icemae Downs said in a statement. “We believe he’s doing this to attract new tenants who don’t look like us.”

“The ability to enter your home should not be conditioned on the surrender of your biometric data, particularly when the landlord’s collection, storage, and use of such data is untested and unregulated,” added Samar Katnani, an attorney at Brooklyn Legal Services’ Tenant Rights Coalition, which represents the residents. “We are in uncharted waters with the use of facial recognition technology in residential spaces.”

“The installation of biometric technologies on public housing properties poses an acute risk to those already on the margins,” Clarke and Tlaib wrote on Tuesday. “Using this flawed technology as the basis for everything from building access to potential arrest for perceived trespassing thus poses a unique risk to these groups.”

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