California bans police using body cameras/facial recognition software

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CALIFORNIA lawmakers on Thursday approved a measure to ban state and local law enforcement from using body cameras with facial recognition software.

According to CNBC, the bill reflects growing concerns about facial recognition which many activists contend is a threat to civil liberties and can lead to police abuses.

Government agencies have used the technology for years but it has become far more powerful with the proliferation of cloud computing and artificial intelligence.

The State Assembly voted 42-18 for the bill, AB-1215; it will now head to Governor Gavin Newsom’s desk and if signed into law, would take effect on Jan. 1, 2020 for a period of three years.

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