Washington State Signs Facial Recognition Curbs Into Law; Critics Want Ban

Washington Governor Jay Inslee on Tuesday signed the first U.S. state law that sharply curbs law enforcement’s use of facial recognition technology, while civil rights activists said the measure did not go far enough to protect marginalized groups.

Facial recognition software can identify individuals in photos and videos based on a database of known subjects. The technology has won over businesses and police in the last few years despite objections that it invades people’s privacy and exacerbates racial and gender biases.