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San Francisco bans face recognition use by local agencies

IANS  |  San Francisco 

Deeming the technology unreliable and potentially in breach of peoples and liberty, has become the first US-city to ban the use of by local agencies, such as the citys transport authority or enforcement.

The use of the emerging technology would not be allowed by local agencies, such as the city's transport authority, or enforcement. In addition, all plans to buy any kind of new will also have to be first approved by city administrators in San Francisco, reported on Tuesday.

The vote was passed by San Francisco's supervisors 8-1, with two absentees.

People in favour of the decision have backed their choice with reasons that term the technology prone to error, particularly when dealing with women or people with darker skin tones.

People as well as authorities have often called the technology irresponsible, undependable and inaccurate.

Earlier in April, a New York City-based student sued for $1 billion, accusing the iPhone-maker of using its technology and arresting the wrong person on charges of theft from an Store.

The measure is expected to be officially passed as the city after a second vote next week.

The new rules, however, would not apply to security measures at or sea port, as they are run by federal, not local, agencies.

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First Published: Wed, May 15 2019. 13:50 IST
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