The Big Brothers of Team Dave plan to to spend taxpayer dollars to prevent unwanted visitors at Boise City Hall and the police-fire City Hall West building, using FACIAL RECOGNITION cameras.
Margaret Carmel over at IDAHO PRESS has a story about a creepy contract that will cost more than $100,000 to spy on everyone entering the city buildings and match their facial characteristics with a list of anyone who has been given a legal order not to enter either of the buildings or be near one of city employees. It is a product of Meridian-based CompuNet.
The system will not be connected to any Boise Police data bases. According to the Idaho Press, “the policies relating to how data is kept, how individuals are inputted and removed from the system and other procedures will be approved by an internal committee before it is installed.”
It would seem logical that any “legal order” to ban someone from a city facility would have to come from a court of law and not some sort of rag tag “internal committee” of Team Dave’s creation.
Team Dave spokesman Mike Journee told the Idaho Press, “We recognized that it’s important for our employees to feel safe at their jobs, and given the high-profile nature of City Hall and some of the decisions that are made here, we felt it was important to invest in their safety and their security going forward and this part of that effort.”
Journee said the City currently uses an analog system, passing around photos to receptionists depicting unwanted guests.
The American Civil Liberties Union will have a field day with this one. “An identification — whether accurate or not — could cost people their freedom or even their lives,” Jacob Snow, an attorney with the ACLU, wrote on their website.
Of immediate concern to the GUARDIAN is what it takes to get on or off the “not welcome” list and how many people are currently on the list. In our opinion the system could certainly have a chilling effect on normal discourse.
If you protest too much or too loud, you could ostensibly make the “unwelcome” list.
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