facial recognition ces A live demonstration uses artificial intelligence and facial recognition in dense crowd spatial-temporal technology at the Horizon Robotics exhibit at the Las Vegas Convention Center during CES 2019 in Las Vegas on January 10, 2019. (Photo by DAVID MCNEW / AFP) (Photo credit should read DAVID MCNEW/AFP via Getty Images)

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The city of Portland, Oregon, passed landmark legislation on Wednesday banning the use of facial recognition by both government agencies as well as private entities in “places of public accommodation.”

Legislators voted unanimously to pass the dual ordinances, one aimed at government use and the other at private use, as reported earlier by freelance journalist Kate Kaye.

“Portlanders should never be in fear of having their right of privacy be exploited by either their government or by a private institution,” Mayor Ted Wheeler said during Wednesday’s hearing, according to Kaye.

More cities have started to crack down on the use of facial recognition technology amid growing concerns about civil rights and liberties violations, including San Francisco, Oakland, and Boston. But Portland went a step further by barring private companies and individuals from using it in spaces accessible to the public.

The private ban outlaws the technology in private businesses such as: restaurants and convenience stores; entertainment venues; banks; doctor’s offices; hotels and Airbnb rentals; and Uber, Lyft, and public transit stations; as well as anywhere that provides publicly accessible facilities, lodging, transportation, or goods and services.

However, it does include some exceptions, notably: churches; private residences; and …read more

Source:: Businessinsider – Technology


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