Oakland city council votes to ban government use of facial recognition

Facial Recognition

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The Oakland city council voted last night to pass an ordinance banning city agencies from using facial recognition technology. The move sets up Oakland to become the third city in the United States to pass similar legislation.

Under the ordinance, which passed unanimously, municipal agencies, including city police, will be banned from obtaining or using the controversial technology. The city joins neighboring San Francisco, as well as Somerville, Massachusetts, which both passed similar legislation earlier this year. The Oakland City Council will take a second vote on the ordinance in September, but it is seen as procedural.

The legislation has been pressed by civil rights advocates, including the American…

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