San Francisco Bans Facial Recognition Tech Amid Concerns of Racial Bias

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San Francisco could become the first city in the US to ban the use of facial recognition technology. City supervisors passed legislation that will also require city departments to disclose any surveillance technology they currently use.

The ordinance was written by Supervisor Aaron Peskin and was unofficially passed by the Board of Supervisors 8-1 on May 14, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. The ordinance would ban city departments from using facial recognition surveillance technology and force them to seek approval from the Board of Supervisors before implementing any technology that collects or stores an individual’s data.

Supervisor Catherine Stefani voted against the measure, while Supervisors Hillary Ronen and Shamann Walton were absent from the vote. The board is required to vote on the ordinance once more before it passes officially and is sent to Mayor London Breed to be signed into law. The ban will…

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