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San Francisco Votes to Ban Facial Recognition by Government Agencies

Posted On: May 16, 2019   |   Posted By: Hypebeast

San Francisco Votes to Ban Facial Recognition by Government Agencies

San Francisco is officially the first major city in America to ban government agencies' use of facial recognition technology. The city's Board of Supervisors approved the proposal on May 14 with a vote of eight to one.
Dubbed the Stop Secret Surveillance Ordinance, the proposal is being helmed by city supervisor Aaron Peskin. The plan would prohibit all city agencies, including law enforcement, from using the technology. Additionally, city agencies will need to seek board approval for the use of the tool and to assess the surveillance technology or system already in use. “This is not an anti-technology policy,” Peskins clarified, saying that the plan was “an ordinance about having accountability around surveillance technology.”
The proposal stems from the possible abuse of facial recognition technology, noting the new questions surrounding civil liberties and the misuse in low-income neighborhoods. There's also the bias against darker-skinned and female faces reported from the Gender Shades study, showing...

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