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Daily Dashboard | San Francisco to ban use of facial-recognition software Related reading: Global News Roundup: July 26-Aug. 2, 2021




The Washington Post reports San Francisco is on the verge of prohibiting police and city government from using facial-recognition software. The ban is part of the "Stop Secret Surveillance Ordinance," a bill designed to curtail agency surveillance throughout the city, but does not apply to people and companies that want to use the technology. “If facial recognition were added to body cameras or public-facing surveillance feeds, it would threaten the ability of people to go to a protest or hang out in Dolores Park without having their identity tracked by the city,” American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California Attorney Matt Cagle said. The bill is set to be voted on this week and could spark further conversation on national reform if it passes. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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