Second in the Nation: Somerville City Council Passes Facial Recognition Ban

Posted on June 29, 2019 12:10 pm

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By Michael Boldin

SOMERVILLE, Mass. (June 27, 2019) – The Somerville city council voted Thursday to ban the use of facial recognition by police investigations and city departments. Following San Francisco, it’s now the second U.S. city to outlaw the technology.

Somerville City Councilor Ben Ewen-Campen was the lead sponsor of the “Face Surveillance Full Ban Ordinance.” 9 of the 11 Somerville City Councilors sponsored the legislation, and it was approved by a 11-0 vote.

The new law refers to facial recognition as the “functional equivalent of requiring every person to carry and display a personal photo identification card