Washington Post

California could become the largest state to ban facial recognition in body cameras

Police unions argue that any barrier to the technology could threaten public safety and leave agencies without the best, most up-to-date equipment for securing marquee events, such as the 2028 Olympics in Los Angeles, and annual festivities such as the Coachella music festival and the Rose Bowl. Foto: AP/Klaus-Dietmar Gabbert

California could soon become the largest state to ban the use of facial-recognition technology in law enforcement body cameras, a milestone in the regulation of the fast-developing but loosely controlled technology.

The state Senate approved the three-year moratorium on Wednesday, sending the legislation back to the Assembly, where it is expected to pass. The ban has earned praise from privacy and civil rights advocates, who have long argued that the technology could be deployed for mass surveillance and lead to more false arrests...

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