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Boston Votes To Ban Gov’t Use Of Facial Recognition

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Boston Votes To Ban Gov’t Use Of Facial Recognition

Law360 (June 24, 2020, 8:44 PM EDT) — Boston’s City Council on Wednesday unanimously voted to ban the city government from using facial recognition software, becoming the second-largest U.S. city to bar the use of a technology that more than one study has shown is error-prone in identifying people with darker skin.

The measure, sent to Boston Mayor Marty Walsh’s desk with a veto-proof majority, outlaws Boston’s city government from either using facial recognition technology itself or contracting with a third-party to use the technology. It follows similar laws passed in other cities like San Francisco, Oakland and Berkeley in California, as well as Cambridge and Somerville in Massachusetts. …

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