San Francisco became the first city in the country to ban city use of facial recognition surveillance technology Tuesday — a groundbreaking move that privacy advocates applaud, but others say may go too far.
The legislation, written by Supervisor Aaron Peskin, also will force city departments to disclose what surveillance technology they currently use — and seek approval from the Board of Supervisors on any new technology that either collects or stores someone’s data.
“This is really about saying we can have security without being a security state. We can have good policing without being a police state,” Peskin said at Tuesday’s board meeting. “Part of that is building trust with the community.”
The ordinance passed the board 8-1, with Supervisor Catherine Stefani the dissenter. Supervisors Hillary Ronen and Shamann Walton were absent. The board must vote on the ordinance one more time before it officially passes and moves to Mayor London Breed for a signature.