SAN FRANCISCO- On Tuesday, San Francisco became the first US city to ban the use of facial recognition technology by police or the government agencies.
“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,” read the legislation passed Tuesday.
Eight of nine members of San Francisco’s supervisors board endorsed the legislation. It will again be put up for vote next week in a procedural step but it is not expected to change the outcome.
A similar ban is being considered across the bay in the city of Oakland.