San Francisco set to vote to ban city agencies from using facial recognition

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May 14, 2019 - 1:44 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — San Francisco's Board of Supervisors will vote on Tuesday on whether to ban city agencies from using facial recognition software.

The city would be the first in the U.S. to ban use of the technology.

Governments have used facial recognition for such uses as finding missing children, but a backlashes motivated by privacy concerns and concerns about racial bias has sprung up against the technology.

The ban would include the San Francisco PD which does not use the technology but has tested it in the past.

The city is expected to pass the measure.

An MIT Media Lab study earlier this year found that software was more likely to make mistakes when identifying gender if they were darker-skinned.

Some believe the measure goes too far. Joe Engardio of Stop Crime SF told NPR, ""We shouldn't be using it right now. The failure rate is too high, and so we absolutely agree with the spirit of this law, but instead of a ban, like a forever ban, why not just stop using it for now, and keep the door open for when the technology improves."

Nearby Oakland is considering a similar bill.

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