Facial recognition software was banned in San Francisco. It can’t be longer used by the police and other agencies. It’s the first major American city which decided this.
It is part of a larger legislative package devised to govern the use of surveillance technologies in the city that requires local agencies to create policies controlling their use of these tools. Civil liberty groups in the country have expressed unease about the technology’s potential abuse by government amid fears that it may shove the United States in the direction of an overly oppressive surveillance state. “We have an outsize responsibility to regulate the excesses of technology precisely because they are headquartered here,” San Francisco city supervisor Aaron Peskin said.
Facial recognition technology
„The technology provides government with unprecedented power to track people going about their daily lives. That’s incompatible with a healthy democracy,” Matt Cagle, a lawyer with the A.C.L.U. of Northern California said on Tuesday. Similar bans are under consideration in Oakland and in Somerville, Mass., outside of Boston. On the other part there are critics sustaining the contrary. “It is ridiculous to deny the value of this technology in securing airports and border installations,” said Jonathan Turley, a constitutional law expert at George Washington University.