San Francisco (USA) prohibits the use of facial recognition by public security agencies

  • United States
  • 05/17/2019
  • New York Times

Known as one of the main technological centers of the USA, the Board of Supervisors of San Francisco approved, by majority, legislation that prohibits the use of facial recognition systems by public security agencies, considering that these technologies might put civil rights and freedoms at risk.

Any acquisition of new surveillance technologies plans must be examined by local authorities. The new rules won’t apply to security measures at San Francisco’s airports and sea ports, which are federal agencies. The proposal will also go through a second vote, but the circumstances suggest that the law will be confirmed with no obstacles.