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Portland, Maine passes referendum banning facial surveillance – TechCrunch


As we’re at present shifting via all the nationwide and native votes from final evening’s elections, right here’s a small however essential victory for privateness advocates out of Portland, Maine . Per the Bangor Daily News, the town handed “Referendum Query B,” designed to curb authorities and police use of facial recognition expertise.

In accordance with the initiative:

An Act to Ban Facial Surveillance by Public Officers in Portland will ban the town of Portland and its departments and officers from utilizing or authorizing using any facial surveillance software program on any teams or member of the general public, and gives a proper to members of the general public to sue if facial surveillance information is illegally gathered and/or used.

It’s one among 4 progressive measures that handed final evening within the metropolis. Different profitable measures embody a $15/hour minimal wage and a cap on lease will increase. It additionally joins different current native ordinances. Different cities to move comparable laws embody San Francisco, Boston and the opposite Portland, which provided a fairly sweeping ban again in September.

In the meantime, earlier this week, an arrest was made in Washington, DC utilizing facial recognition. The person was reportedly recognized utilizing a picture discovered on Twitter.