SF Picks Side Of Privacy With Ban On Facial Recognition Tech
Law360 (May 17, 2019, 9:50 PM EDT) -- The debate over facial recognition is heating up as San Francisco prepares to enact the nation's first ban on the controversial technology, with privacy advocates praising the step and others warning against too harshly limiting a useful tool for guarding public safety.
Activists say the ban is needed to protect San Franciscans from a technology that threatens people of color and extends the reach of government surveillance, pointing to research showing it's less accurate at identifying people with darker skin and women.
But some attorneys told Law360 that regulation, not prohibition, would better balance facial recognition's privacy and accuracy issues while...
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