CLARKE, LIEU, JAYAPAL AND ESHOO WRITE JOINT LETTER ASKING IRS COMMISSIONER TO HALT FACIAL RECOGNITION MANDATE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 

February 7, 2021 

MEDIA CONTACT: 

e: jeanette.lenoir@mail.house.gov 

c: 202.480.5737

Washington, D.C. — Today, Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke (NY-09), Congressman Ted Lieu (CA-33), Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) and Congresswoman Anna Eshoo (CA-18) wrote a joint letter to IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig urging him to halt its facial recognition technology mandate.

The letter can be found HERE

“Facial recognition systems are not just unregulated in the U.S., they have been shown to be problematic, especially for people of color, and we must continue to work to close the gaps across privacy, equity and cybersecurity concerns in the use of biometrics,” said Congresswoman Clarke. 

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Yvette D. Clarke has been in Congress since 2007. She represents New York’s Ninth Congressional District, which includes Central and South Brooklyn. Clarke is Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Taskforce on Immigration, a Senior Member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and a Senior Member of the House Committee on Homeland Security.

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