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City Council to consider ban on facial recognition tech

Multnomah County

Commissioner Hardesty is pushing for the ban

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The Portland City Council will be reviewing a proposal to ban the private use of facial recognition technology in the city.

Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty is leading the fight against the use of this technology.

She describes the use of facial recognition technology as a privacy and civil rights issue.

It can be used by some cities for law enforcement and surveillance purposes, in schools for security and increasingly, in workplaces, stores and other commercial spaces.

Hardesty said no one should have to worry about their face being scanned, stored and sold by companies.

More than 30 activist groups have asked Congress to ban law enforcement from using the technology.

Cities already banning the technology include San Fransico, Oakland, California, and Somerville, Massachusetts.

The ban drafted by Portland’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability could be the most far-reaching ban in the country.

Portland City Council will be briefed on the proposed ban Tuesday.

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