San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors voted to ban the use of facial-recognition software by law enforcement, The New York Times reports. After the 8-1 vote, San Francisco became the first city to ban the technology in any form. City Supervisor Aaron Peskin, who sponsored the bill that led to the ban, said its approval sends a message to the rest of the country. “I think part of San Francisco being the real and perceived headquarters for all things tech also comes with a responsibility for its local legislators,” Peskin said. “We have an outsize responsibility to regulate the excesses of technology precisely because they are headquartered here.” The bill is expected to pass a second vote next week. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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