We have already seen how in some countries they are using facial recognition to monitor entire cities or strategic points. China is one of the territories that are at the forefront with this technology, and were recently accused of using it to track a minority.
Instead, a few hours ago San Francisco became the first city in the United States to prohibit the use of facial recognition to different government agencies and agencies.
“We support the police, but not a police state.”
That means the city’s mayor won’t allow local agencies (including the Police) to use facial recognition techniques to identify criminals in public places.
With eight votes in favor and one against, they have managed to give the green light to this measure, which ensures that (unlike what we saw happening in China) the protection of minorities and the right to privacy should take precedence.
It is the first U.S. city to approve it, but it is expected that it will also be implemented in other regions of the country (at moment the city of Oakland and the state of Massachusetts are ringing loudly).
This legislation was drafted by supervisor Aaron Peskin, who claims that “they support a good police force, but none of us want to live in a police state. Peskin believes this technology is “invasive” and that San Francisco has a “responsibility” to set an example:
“I think San Francisco has a responsibility to talk about the things that are affecting the whole world and are happening in our front yard.“
We’ll have to see if Peskin’s wish becomes a reality and this law ends up being implemented in other parts of the country or the planet. It’s a measure, in a way, against the tide, in a world where it’s increasingly common to use this technology to keep an eye on society.