California’s secretive gang database, with information on hundreds of thousands of predominantly black and Latino men, uses a controversial overlay of sophisticated data analysis and surveillance technologies.
Few remember that the origins of our modern American surveillance state were forged over 115 years ago, half a world away in the Philippine Islands.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has signed a $3.5 million contract with DataWorks Plus LLC that will allow it to equip deputies with mobile facial recognition technology in order to expand the largest biometric database outside of the FBI, according to procurement documents.
A little-known pilot program is putting facial recognition technology in the hands of law enforcement. For some, it represents a radical milestone in militarization on U.S. soil.