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San Francisco Bans Facial Recognition Technology


Banning facial recognition technologies.

San Francisco has banned the use of facial recognition technology for surveillance purposes by police and other agencies in the city.

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San Francisco's Board of Supervisors has banned the use of facial recognition technology for surveillance purposes by police and other agencies in the city, making it the first major U.S. city to do so.

City supervisor Aaron Peskin said this sends a message to the rest of the country, because "We have an outsize responsibility to regulate the excesses of technology precisely because they are headquartered here."

Under the ban, city agencies cannot use facial recognition technology or data collected by outside systems that use the technology.

Among those opposed to such a ban is the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation's Daniel Castro, who argued facial recognition data should be accessible to law enforcement if they obtain a warrant from a judge, in accordance with Supreme Court guidelines for other types of electronic surveillance.

From The New York Times
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