1st-ever ban on facial recognition technology proposed

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(California County News) San Francisco could soon become the first city to ban facial recognition technology under an ordinance proposed Tuesday by Supervisor Aaron Peskin.

The ban on local agencies’ use of the bourgeoning technology is part of a larger package of rules aimed at strengthening privacy rights in the Bay City. Peskin’s plan would also require agencies to get board approval before purchasing new surveillance equipment and would mandate audits of existing surveillance technology.

Much of Peskin’s proposal is similar to ordinances already implemented in Oakland and Santa Clara County. The ban on facial recognition tech is an exception, however.

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