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June 26, 2020

Boston has joined cities such as San Francisco, Oakland, and Cambridge in passing an ordinance to ban government use of facial recognition technology. 

Boston City Councilor Michelle Wu commented: “Boston should not be using racially discriminatory technology and technology that threatens our basic rights.”

CNET reports that the city of Boston has joined cities such as San Francisco, Oakland, California, and Cambridge, Massachusetts in passing an ordinance to ban facial recognition technology for municipal use. Boston is now the second-largest city in the United States to ban facial recognition after San Francisco banned the tech in May 2019.

The city ordinance passed unanimously and will stop the city from using facial recognition for identification in most capacities, whether it is for law enforcement or in other ways. Boston City Councilor Michelle Wu commented: “Boston should not be using racially discriminatory technology and technology that threatens our basic rights.”

There are exceptions to the ordinance, for instance, city officials can use facial recognition tech to for authentication purposes such as unlocking their cell phone. Facial recognition tech can also be used by city officials for automatically redacting races in images, but cannot be used to identify individuals.

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