We’re seeing a growing number of face recognition bans introduced around the world as local and national legislators respond to growing public unease over the privacy implications.
We’ve seen bans on public agencies or police departments using face recognition technology, and now one US city has gone even further, extending a ban to private companies too …
TNW reports that Portland has introduced the far more extensive ban.
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 […]
Banks had […] called for an exception, arguing the tech helps them keep their customers and staff safe. But Portland City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty said the ban was necessary to protect the privacy of the community — especially its most vulnerable and overpoliced members.
Hardesty said on Twitter that she expects the rest of the US to follow Portland’s lead.