A Seattle City Council vote Monday means the Seattle Police Department will now be able to use facial-recognition software to identify suspects caught on video, NBC News reports. “We are already doing this work, but it’s manual,” said police spokesman Mark Jamieson. “This would just speed up the process.” The program is funded by a $1.64 million grant from the Department of Homeland Security. The plan’s approval follows a recent vote regulating the use of unmanned drones by law enforcement after the city bought two. Now, law enforcement can’t use drones without warrants, except in emergency situations.
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