Bloomberg Law
Feb. 10, 2021, 10:44 PM

Civil Rights Group Threatens Suit Over Bar Exam Facial Scans

Sam Skolnik
Sam Skolnik

A prominent civil rights group is threatening to sue the State Bar of California unless it agrees to stop using facial recognition technology to prevent cheating on online bar exams, which the group says discriminates against women and people of color.

“It is by now well-established by experts in that field that FRT is disproportionately inaccurate in identifying women and people of color,” the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law said in a Feb. 10 letter to California bar officials. “As a result, its use will have an unlawful disparate impact on examinees of color and women examinees.”

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