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California To Ban Face ID Tech

Aug 5, 2019 8:02:00 AM

The state of California could become the first state to fully ban facial recognition technology. Facial ID tech has been in the news plenty as of lately. With privacy and data concerns circling the technology, the state of California could be taking a stand.

Bans Against Facial Recognition

The state of California has proposed the Assembly Bill 1215, which would ban the technology on a statewide level. Experts feel this ban, if approved, will only be temporary, and that facial recognition technology will only become better and more accurate.

A statewide ban would be the first of its kind, but there have been plenty of other bans from companies and cities that use the tech. Earlier this year, San Francisco banned its government from using the technology, becoming the first city in the United States to implement such a ban.

Axon, one of the leaders in manufacturing body cams, implemented a ban on facial ID software being used in their cameras. Both Axon and San Francisco are worried about profiling and accuracy concerns, especially when it comes to people of color, women, and children. As of right now, both Axon and officials in the city of San Francisco feel the technology simply isn’t accurate enough to be implemented on a wide scale.

Facial Technology In Use

By the end of 2019, Boise City Hall plans to have facial recognition technology installed and fully operational. The technology will be used to keep people out of the government building that had previously been banned. This is a small scale use of the technology, and contained within a specific area, making the use of the technology more justifiable and less risky.

Last year, Auburn University added iris readers to its athletic facilities for added security. This isn’t exactly facial recognition technology, but it is another form of biometric information gathering technology that is increasing security. Faculty and students like the technology because it’s simple and eliminates them from having to carry keycards and fobs around with them.

Future of Face ID

Facial recognition technology is not going to go away. Sure, California is attempting to ban the technology, but that’s because government officials see tech that still needs kinks to be ironed out before it is used on a wide-scale platform like policing citizens. Like Boise City Hall and Auburn University, both establishments are using facial ID incrementally, and not putting the tech in a position to make heavy and important determinations on a variety of situations. As the technology gets better and more accurate, we will start to see the widespread use of facial recognition technology.

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