Biometric Update: NYPD accused of violating best practices and law with DNA and facial biometrics databases

“Critics warn that the NYPD is not only violating privacy rights and civil liberties, but it is also not complying with a state law passed in 1976. The law says that when an investigation “is terminated in a person’s favor or results in a non-criminal violation,” all records are to be “sealed” and genetic material and photos destroyed to prevent further police persecution. Yet sealed mugshots still end up in the facial recognition database. The NYPD is now being sued by public advocacy group Bronx Defenders for violating state law by retaining sealed arrest records.”

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