Four and Counting: Berkeley, CA Passes Facial Recognition Ban

Yesterday, the Berkeley City Council unanimously passed a ban on law enforcement use of facial recognition technology in the city. It is the 4th local government in the country to do so this year.

The amendment to the city’s surveillance policy prohibits the government agencies from acquiring, retaining, requesting, accessing, or using: (1) any face recognition technology, or (2) any information obtained from face recognition technology.

Fight for the Future deputy director Evan Greer called the proliferation of facial recognition “a human rights crisis.”