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San Francisco inches closer to banning facial recognition

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Apr 15, 2019 8:59 PM 6+ day ago

San Francisco inches closer to banning facial recognition

San Francisco took a step closer to becoming the first city in the country to ban facial recognition software use with the passage of some amendments to the Stop Secret Surveillance ordinance.

The ordinance will face another round of public comment before the County Board of Supervisors votes on it, said Supervisor and Rules Committee chair Aaron Peskin.

"The propensity for facial recognition technology to endanger civil rights and civil liberties substantially outweighs its purported benefits, and the technology will exacerbate racial injustice and threaten our ability to live free of continuous government monitoring," reads the ordinance as proposed by Peskin in January.

Surveillance technology is defined by the city as including things like license plate readers, surveillance cameras, software designed to forecast criminal activity, and biometrics such as iris scanners and facial or gait recognition software.

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