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Thursday, May 16, 2019

San Francisco Does Something Right: Bans Facial Recognition Technology

SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco, long at the heart of the technology revolution, took a stand against potential abuse on Tuesday by banning the use of facial recognition software by the police and other agencies. 
The action, which came in an 8-to-1 vote by the Board of Supervisors, makes San Francisco the first major American city to block a tool that many police forces are turning to in the search for both small-time criminal suspects and perpetrators of mass carnage. 
The authorities used the technology to help identify the suspect in the mass shooting at an Annapolis, Md., newspaper last June. But civil liberty groups have expressed unease about the technology’s potential abuse by government amid fears that it may shove the United States in the direction of an overly oppressive surveillance state.
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

A broken clock is right twice a day,eh? Story today in the Daily Mail about a London man fined £90 for covering his face while passing a police facial recognition camera on the street.

Thursday, May 16, 2019 1:23:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

George Orwell smiles from the grave

Thursday, May 16, 2019 1:25:00 pm  

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