Oakland City Council Bans Facial Recognition | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Oakland City Council Bans Facial Recognition

By Michael Maharrey

Yesterday, the Oakland City Council gave final approval for a ban of facial recognition technology by the city. The new ordinance not only increases privacy in Oakland; it also takes a step toward limiting a massive federal surveillance program.

The ordinance prohibits Oakland government agencies, including police, from “acquiring, obtaining, retaining, requesting, or accessing” facial recognition technology. The ban includes accessing information obtained through facial recognition technology used by agencies outside of the city...

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