To Ban Facial Recognition Software, San Francisco Becomes First US City - TNBC USA

San Francisco became the first city in the United States to proscribe the use facial-recognition application by the city agencies as well as the police, conducting a rapid symbolic blow to a prime technology immediately being triggered by the law enforcement authority throughout the nation. The 8 to 1 vote by the Board of Supervisors of the city will ban public agencies from using the artificial-intelligence software for searching the identity of someone based on a video clip or photograph. Privacy and the civil-rights attorney have concerned that the potentiality could be misused for vital surveillance and possibly lead to more deceptive arrests.

The law will not restrict local businesses, along with the technology is still diversely unprotected throughout the US. But the prohibition of San Francisco will be resorted as the identity of the city as a friendly backstage for some of the most powerful tech firms of the world, along with Google and Facebook who employed engineers to architect systems which can detect and identify faces for corporate and consumer use.

A law student of Washington University, Jevan Hutson said, “ that a community where a lot of the folks are building facial recognition is the first to ban it is pretty telling of the dangers of the technology”.  He also solicited for a facial-recognition embargo in Washington, the home state of Amazon and Microsoft.

He was added, “for too long we’ve had this ‘move fast, break things’ model on the public side with surveillance. We’re reclaiming our ability to say no to technologies that deface democracy and our ability to live freely.”

No federal laws lead the use of facial identification across the nation, and more than 50 state or local police agencies throughout the country have at some point operated facial-identification systems in attempts for identifying criminal suspects or verify the identities.

Massachusetts, Oakland, California, Somerville have initiated bans same to San Francisco. A bipartisan bill commenced in the US Senate in March would prohibit companies, but not governments, from assembling the facial-identification data without consent.

The San Francisco ruling will also need all new surveillance equipment to be sanctioned by city leaders, who could also  attempt to find measures “ to verify that mandated civil rights and civil liberties safeguards have been strictly adhered to.”

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