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Oakland Bans Use Of Facial Recognition Technology

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Oakland Bans Use Of Facial Recognition Technology

Oakland Bans Use Of Facial Recognition Technology

Not over here! Oakland’s City has decided to ban facial recognition technology due to privacy violations.

The Oakland City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to prevent city employees, including the police, from using or acquiring facial recognition technology.

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The New York Post noted that City Council President Rebecca Kaplan had cited limitations of the technology in a report that showed a lack of standards around its implementation and its potential use in the persecution of minorities. A research concluded that the software is less accurate for women and dark-skinned people, and particularly inaccurate for black women, according to Kaplan‘s report.

“Decisions about whether we want to hand the government the power to identify who attends protests, political rallies, church, or AA meetings should not be made in the secret backroom of a police station, lobbied by corporate executives that market this technology,” Matt Cagle, technology and civil liberties attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union, told Fox News via email. “These decisions should be made … through an affirmative vote by their elected representatives,” The New York Post quotes.

Oakland, Calif. is now the third US city to ban the use of facial recognition technology.

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