Facial surveillance alarms Congress; Republicans and Democrats pledge action

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Civil liberty issues posed by increasingly omnipresent surveillance cameras in public places that record and store people’s images are one of the few areas that Republicans and Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives can agree on addressing.

Everyone from ultra-conservative Rep. Jim Jordan of Champaign County to ultra-liberal Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York expressed concerns about misuse of the technology on Wednesday at a hearing of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform.

Jordan, the committee’s top Republican, said he fears government abuses of the technology could infringe on rights protected by the U.S. Constitution’s first and fourth amendments.

“This issue transcends politics,” said Jordan. “It doesn’t matter if it is a President Trump rally or a Bernie Sanders rally, the idea of American citizens being tracked and catalogued for merely showing their faces…

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