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Judge tosses lawsuit over New York school district’s facial-recognition plan

September 7, 2021

A judge last week dismissed a lawsuit brought against a Western New York school district’s recent use of facial recognition in its facilities, ruling that the case was moot thanks to a December law curtailing the use of the surveillance technology.

The New York Civil Liberties Union had sued last year to block the Lockport City School District, located in a Buffalo suburb, from using a network of more than 300 cameras across its K-12 campuses. The cameras were activated in January 2020, despite several years of opposition from privacy advocates and parents of the district’s 4,400 students.

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