SF Supervisors Divided on Facial Recognition Technology Ban
by Alexandra Cannarella
May 14, 2019

San Francisco may become the first city in the country to ban municipal use of facial recognition software — a move that privacy advocates applaud but others say will outlaw a useful crime-solving tool. The proposal by Supervisor Aaron Peskin that would bar city departments from using the technology, except at federal facilities such as the airport and Port. The point of the ban, Peskin said, is to keep law enforcement from a technology that has been blamed for inaccuracies, particularly when it comes to identifying minorities, and is largely unregulated.