[Noisebridge-discuss] Fwd: [surveillance-coalition] Need your help: Are activists enrolled in the FBI face recognition database?

Sai i at s.ai
Mon Jun 20 18:29:07 UTC 2016

The FBI is compiling a giant database of fingerprints and photos, and
wants to exempt itself from Privacy Act regulations requiring people
to have access to & ability to correct their own records. (See
wpo.st/Q-Rh1 for details)

If you've been arrested (w/ charges not filed or dropped) for anything
related to non-violent protest within the last 5 years in CA, FL, MD,
MI, NY, TX, or VA, you can help a group at Georgetown that's trying to
challenge this:


Pretty sure y'all know groups of people who might fit that
description. Please forward.

- Sai

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Alvaro M Bedoya <amb420 at law.georgetown.edu>
Date: Mon, Jun 20, 2016 at 5:32 PM
Subject: [surveillance-coalition] Need your help: Are activists
enrolled in the FBI face recognition database?

Hi everyone:

We need your help to find out more about the FBI’s face recognition
database. As you may know, the FBI wants to exempt its face
recognition and fingerprint database from critical provisions in the
Privacy Act, shrouding the database in secrecy. Because the database
is built from mugshot photos, we suspect that the FBI database
includes a large number of activists arrested in the course of civil
disobedience. We need your help to figure out if this is indeed

We are looking for people:
- Who were arrested in the last 5 years;
- In California (especially San Diego County), Florida, Maryland,
Michigan, New York, Texas, or Virginia;
- For non-violent conduct at a protest or other rally (e.g. blocking
an entrance, refusing to obey an officer's order); and
- Who were never charged (or had charges dropped or dismissed) after the arrest

Once we identify candidates, we will use the Freedom of Information
Act and the Privacy Act to figure out if they are in their state
and/or the FBI's face recognition database. We would use this
information either in our report on state and local law enforcement
agency’s use of facial recognition technology or in a follow-up to the

We will keep your information confidential, keep it as securely as
possible, and will not use it for any other purpose. We will also not
use your name without your permission.

If you fit this description, and want to help, please fill out this
Google Form or if you prefer a different method, email the same
information to katie.evans at georgetown.edu.

Please help us by forwarding this far and wide!

Thank you,

Alvaro and Katie


Executive Director | Center on Privacy & Technology
Georgetown University Law Center
O: (202) 662-9779 | M: (203) 464-7500
E: alvaro.bedoya at georgetown.edu | T: @alvarombedoya

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