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Oakland Council Committee Moves To Ban Facial Recognition Technology

KCBS Radio Afternoon News
June 26, 2019 - 4:53 pm

Oakland is on its way to following in San Francisco's footsteps by becoming one of the first major cities in the U.S. to ban the use of facial recognition technology.

Oakland City Council's public saftey committee approved a resolution to forbid workers in city departments, including the police, from using the tools on Tuesday. 

The proposal would not, however, ban the technology from being used by federal agents at ports and airports, or by residents who have home surveillance cameras and similar equipment.

The full council is scheduled to vote on the ban on July 16, according to the East Bay Times.

The City of Berkeley is set to consider similar legislation next month too. 

San Francisco passed its ban, the first in the nation, in May. 

Related: Larry Magid: Why Facial Recognition Technology Isn’t Ready For Prime Time