Reuters reports the California State Legislature has approved a bill that prohibits state or local law enforcement from wearing bodycams with facial-recognition software. Following approval by the California State Senate a day earlier, the State Assembly voted 42-18 in favor of the bill, which needs confirmation from Gov. Gavin Newsom, D-Calif. The technology will only be available for officers to blur faces to protect privacy when video footage is disclosed to the public. “If you install software onto those body cameras, then you run the risk of really destroying that trust,” Assemblymember Phil Ting, D-Calif., said. “It becomes a tool of surveillance, which was never the goal.”
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