Incident 388: Facial Recognition Pilot in Bahia Reportedly Targeted Black and Poor People

Description: Facial recognition deployed in a pilot project by the local government of Bahia despite having minimal hit rate reportedly targeted Black and poor people disproportionately.


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Bahia is becoming a facial recognition laboratory · 2021

It was late afternoon. After leaving work, administrative assistant Davi was waiting for the last ride of the day with a friend at a bus stop on Avenida Paralela, in Salvador, when he was approached by a military police garrison. “I handed …


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