San Francisco becomes first U.S. city to ban facial recognition use by police and government organizations amid security fears lurking in the city.
As per sources, eight out of nine members of San Francisco’s board of supervisors are in favor of the legislation. Voting will be carried out again next week in a procedural step, however no changes in the outcome are expected.
“The propensity for facial recognition technology to endanger civil rights and civil liberties substantially outweighs its purported benefits,” said the legislation.
According to the legislation, facial recognition could “exacerbate racial injustice and threaten our ability to live free of continuous government monitoring.”
“It shall be unlawful for any department to obtain, retain, access, or use any Face Recognition Technology or any information obtained from Face Recognition Technology,” read a paragraph of the document.
Critics have reacted to the legislation saying police need all the help they can get, especially in a city with high-profile events and high rates of property crime.
Meredith Serra, a member of a resident public safety group Stop Crime while showing her concern over the legislation said, “To me, the ordinance seems to be a costly additional layer of bureaucracy that really does nothing to improve the safety of our citizens.”