University of Miami accused of using facial recognition to track student protestors 

Occurred: 2020

The University of Miami (UM) came under fire for allegedly using facial recognition to track students protesting against the university’s opening up plan during the COVID-19 pandemic.


University administrators denied that campus police used facial recognition software, saying that students were identified using ordinary footage. Students however claimed that a page on the UM website indicated campus police had introduced motion detection, facial recognition and object detection systems on-site.


The case led to 20 human rights organisations submitting a letter to the UM Board of Trustees calling for a ban on facial recognition. While it is unclear whether facial recognition was used, the incident triggered concerns of human and digital rights organisations about the extent to which private universities in the US are using invasive facial recognition surveillance.

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Operator: University of Miami
Country: USA
Sector: Education
Purpose: Identify individuals
Technology: Facial analysis; Motion Detection
Issue: Privacy; Surveillance
Transparency: Governance

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Type: Incident
Published: October 2023