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Portland Bans Facial-Recognition Technology 09/11/2020

Come January, private companies in Portland, Oregon will no longer be allowed to use facial-recognition technology in stores, parks, and other places of public accommodation, under an ordinance
passed unanimously by city lawmakers this week.

The measure also immediately prohibits the police from using facial-recognition technology — although there are some exceptions, including one
that would allow police to use the technology to unlock a phone.

Other cities — including Boston and San Francisco — have banned the police from using the controversial technology. But
Portland is the first to also prohibit private businesses from deploying it.

Currently, some retailers use facial recognition to identify possible
shoplifters, while airlines used the technology to identify passengers at check-ins. But the full extent of its use by businesses remains unknown.



Privacy advocates are cheering Portland’s

“Every city council should follow suit!,” Fight for the Future’s Evan Greer tweeted Wednesday

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Portland, Oregon Imposes Strict Ban on Facial-Recognition Technology

Private businesses and government agencies can’t use facial-recognition technology starting on January 1 next year.

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This story originally appeared on PCMag

Portland officials this week passed the country’s strictest ban on facial recognition, prohibiting use of the technology by private businesses and government agencies across Oregon’s largest city.

Cities in California and Massachusetts have recently taken action against local government use of the technology, but none as strongly as Portland, which restricts commercial business applications, as well. “All Portlanders are entitled to a city government that will not use technology with demonstrated racial and gender biases that endanger personal privacy,” Mayor Ted Wheeler said during a Wednesday City Council meeting, as reported by CNET. “This is the first-of-its-kind legislation in the nation, and I believe in the world,” he added.

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