Boston Bans Use of Facial Recognition Technology by City Officials

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The City of Boston has voted to “ban the use of face surveillance by the City of Boston or by any official in the City of Boston”.

Boston will, however, have an exemption so that facial recognition technology can be used to collect “evidence relating to the investigation of a specific crime”.

Currently, the Boston Police Department “does not use facial recognition technology because it is not reliable”.

A man in Michigan was recently, wrongfully arrested because of a false face recognition match; his arrest was the first known case of someone being wrongfully arrested in the United States because of this technology.