Portland becomes first US city to ban companies from using facial recognition in public places

Portland becomes first US city to ban companies from using facial recognition in public places

September 10, 2020 Off By OUHBsujLSQ

Portland has become the first city in the US to bar both businesses and government agencies from using facial recognition. A growing number of cities, including Boston and San Franciso, have banned public agencies from using the tech, but Portland is the first to extend the restrictions to the private sector. Under the new rules, companies will be barred from using the tech in any public space. The city council passed the bill unanimously on Wednesday, despite Amazon spending $24,000 on lobbying the commissioners to water down the rules. Banks had also called for an exception, arguing the tech helps them…

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