Portland was the first city in the United States to prohibit the use of facial recognition technology by both government agencies and individuals in “public places. Both decrees were passed by lawmakers unanimously.
Portlanders should never fear that their right to privacy will be used by the government or private agencies. (Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler).
Measures to curb the use of facial recognition technology in the United States have long been under discussion. Sources believe that Boston, Auckland, San Francisco and other cities may follow the example of Portland. Banks, convenience stores, doctors’ offices, entertainment facilities, hotels and rental agencies, public transport stations, Uber and Lyft, and restaurants are all places where the use of technology is now prohibited by law.
Exceptions are churches, private houses, private clubs and institutions. Individuals working for the government or in the private sector can use the technology to unlock their devices, as well as mark people or use person filters on social networking websites. If someone is found to be breaking the law, they will be fined up to $1,000 per day.
Earlier this year, technology giants such as Amazon, IBM and Microsoft prohibited police from using their facial recognition technology, citing bias and lack of strict rules. Microsoft is not against using its technology, but wants the authorities to strictly regulate it.