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San Francisco May Ban Police From Using Facial Recognition

San Francisco authorities will vote tomorrow on whether to ban police and city agencies from using facial recognition software, the Associated Press reported. The move, which would make San Francisco the first U.S. city to take a stand against the use of facial recognition in law enforcement, comes amid warnings from civil liberties groups and academic researchers that the technology has trouble accurately identifying women and people of color. 

One question is whether San Francisco’s facial recognition ban, if approved, would serve as a model for other local and state governments to follow. Last month, a Washington state data privacy bill, which included restrictions on law enforcement’s use of facial recognition, died in the House after two of the companies it would have impacted, Microsoft and Amazon, couldn’t come to terms on what shape it should take. 

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