Maryland lawmakers approve ‘strongest’ facial recognition rules for law enforcement yet

April 11, 2024

The Maryland General Assembly this week unanimously passed legislation limiting how law enforcement agencies in the state can use facial recognition technology. It’s now on its way to Gov. Wes Moore’s desk for a signature and could become active as soon as Oct. 1.

The legislation, SB182 and HB338, limits law enforcement’s use of facial recognition systems to specific uses and outlines measures agencies must take to document and publish how they use the technology during investigations. Maryland follows a handful of other states that have passed restrictions on use of the controversial technology, but some are calling the state’s regulations the “strongest” so far.

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