The California State Senate passed a three-year moratorium on police use of facial-recognition technology, Wired reports. The bill still needs to be approved by the state assembly, as well as get the governor’s approval before it becomes law. Specifically, the bill bans the use of facial-recognition algorithms in real time and in forensic analysis of footage. Privacy advocates applaud the measure but would prefer a ban instead of a moratorium, citing concerns tech companies will use the moratorium to improve algorithms without considering ethical issues concerning surveillance and right to privacy in public spaces. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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