San Francisco Bans City’s Use of Facial Recognition
Privacy advocates are applauding an 8-1 vote yesterday by the city’s board of supervisors to ban local agencies from using the surveillance technology — making San Francisco the first major city to do so. Dreaded for its Orwellian uses in China, facial recognition is increasingly employed by U.S. authorities to identify criminal suspects, including potential terrorists, in public places. City officials will also be required to seek approval before adopting other surveillance tech.
Does the ban go too far? Some have criticized it for blocking the technology permanently instead of imposing a moratorium.
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