San Francisco Bans Police Use of Face Recognition Technology

Posted on May 14, 2019 9:12 pm

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San Francisco supervisors voted Tuesday to ban the use of facial recognition software by police and other city departments, becoming the first U.S. city to outlaw a rapidly developing technology that has alarmed privacy and civil liberties advocates.  The ban is part of broader legislation that requires city departments to establish use policies and obtain board approval for surveillance technology they want to purchase or are using at present. Several other local governments require departments to disclose and seek approval for surveillance technology.  “This is really about saying: ‘We can have security without being a security state. We can have