San Francisco has become the first city in the United States to ban the use of facial recognition technology by police or other government agencies. The Board of Supervisors voted 8 to 1 in favour of the bill which could become final after a second vote next week.
The legislation stated"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,"
"We have a fundamental duty to safeguard the public from potential abuses," Aaron Peskin, the city supervisor who championed the ban, said before the board's vote. The aim is to protect marginalised groups as facial recognition technology can struggle with identifying darker skinned people
The ban did not include airports or other federally regulated facilities.
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