June 29, 2019 Laws, Surveillance, U.S.
Caroline Haskins reports that Somerville, Massachusetts is now the second U.S. city to ban the use of facial recognition in public spaces.
The “Face Surveillance Full Ban Ordinance,” which passed through Somerville’s City Council on Thursday night, forbids any “department, agency, bureau, and/or subordinate division of the City of Somerville” from using facial recognition software in public spaces. The ordinance passed Somerville’s Legislative Matters Committee on earlier this week.
Read more on Vice.
Could these be the beginning salvos in a nationwide campaign to push back against public surveillance? One can only hope… and keep advocating.
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