In October, an unprecedented event took place. Twenty-six charter school applications were submitted to the Montana Board of Public Education (BPE) for consideration. These 26 applications represent a remarkable statewide initiative to introduce charter schools to the Treasure State, something the education establishment has resisted for 31 years. During that time, 45 other states have...View Report
Legislation will protect Montanans’ privacy
THE FOLLOWING IS A FORMAL COMMENT PROVIDED BY THE FRONTIER INSTITUTE IN REGARD TO THE HJ 48 STUDY OF FACIAL RECOGNITION TECHNOLOGY DRAFT LEGISLATION
"Privacy–it’s something deeply entwined with what it means to be a Montanan, but in today’s ever changing technological landscape there are constantly new threats to our right to privacy."
"With these two upcoming opportunities to strengthen privacy protections, Montana remains the last best place to simply be left alone."
THE FOLLOWING IS A FORMAL COMMENT PROVIDED BY THE FRONTIER INSTITUTE IN REGARD TO THE HJ 48 STUDY OF FACIAL RECOGNITION TECHNOLOGY
"So far, the committee has confirmed our suspicions: Montanans who apply for government benefits or receive a driver’s license are vulnerable to law enforcement searches of their biometric information with little legislative oversight."
Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle now recognize that Montana’s lack of uniform and transparent restrictions on how government agencies can use facial recognition poses a serious threat to the privacy of Montanans.
We know it’s possible to have an efficient and technologically adept state government, while also ensuring this technology doesn’t run roughshod over our rights as Montanans.
The Legislature must address facial recognition to ensure Montanans can use the technology without sacrificing privacy and rights.
While facial recognition may provide a powerful tool, appropriate restrictions need to be implemented to protect Montanans.
The following is a formal comment provided by The Frontier Institute in regard to the HJ 48 Study of Facial Recognition Technology
Several Montana agencies have confirmed the use of facial recognition. But the full extent to which the technology is being used is still unclear.