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Facial recognition software nixed

With former prosecutor and District 2 Supervisor Catherine Stefani the only dissenting vote, San Francisco supervisors overwhelmingly approved a bill to ban the use of facial recognition software by city agencies. Opponents of the technology, which is being marketed to police departments by Amazon and other tech giants, argue that it leads to too many “false positives” — inaccurate identifications of suspects — especially with people of color.

Oakland and Berkeley are considering similar bans, and legislators in Sacramento are considering a statewide ban on the technology.

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