San Francisco votes to ban city use of facial recognition technology

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San Francisco votes to ban city use of facial recognition technologyThe action puts San Francisco at the forefront of increasing discontent in the United States over facial recognition, which government agencies have used for years and now has become more powerful with the rise of cloud computing and artificial intelligence technologies. 'We have a fundamental duty to safeguard the public from potential abuses,' Aaron Peskin, the city supervisor who championed the ban, said before the board's vote. Rather, Peskin said, the aim is to protect 'marginalized groups' that could be harmed by the technology.


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