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Scoop: police in San Francisco should not use face recognition in order to catch the criminals
privacy San Francisco prohibits the first city in America the use of face recognition software by the police and other public services. This is remarkable, since the city is regarded as one of the technologieharten of America. The software is still too sensitive to errors, and the use is an infringement on the privacy of the inhabitants of the city, says the.

All new surveillanceapparatuur must now first be approved by the city council of San Francisco, who can take measures to make the equipment comply with the law. The prohibition does not apply to companies in the city, which still face recognition software may be used. the

In the rest of the United States is still very little legislation around the equipment, but more and more police tracks it suspects are large and small crimes. The technology is also used in some big stadiums and at airports, whereby the latter fall under federal and not under local law. The police of San Francisco used the software yet, and will therefore also do not do this immediately.

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The software is proved to be useful in the detection of offenders, such as those of the shooting in Annapolis in the state of Maryland in June. But burgerrechtenbewegingen are concerned about possible abuse and fear that the United States too much in the direction of pushing of a repressive bigbrothermaatschappij. the

The technology may also lead to more false arrests, because the technology is still not on point. In a test of civil rights movement the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) in June, when the software 28 photos of American parliamentarians to the mugshots of people who were arrested for a crime. People of color were more often incorrectly linked than others. Also in the elderly makes the software often mistakes, fell to hear the discussion of the bill.

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