Via The Verge
Portland, Maine will follow in the footsteps of other cities and will ban government use of facial recognition, even giving citizens a right to collect $1,000 in fines for violations of the law.
Voters in Portland, ME have strengthened a recently-passed ordinance that bans the use of facial recognition by police and city agencies. This ordinance will stay in place for 5 years and cannot be revoked during that time.
Citizens are also entitled to collect fines from penalties incurred from any violations of the ordinance. Private citizens can collect $1,000 at a minimum if they are subject to facial recognition and violations can be used as grounds to terminate or suspend a city employee.
Don’t celebrate just yet — private use of facial recognition technology is still allowed. However, this is a step in the right direction and if you are a resident of Portland, it’s important to know you have stronger rights when it comes to facial recognition.
To learn more about the ordinance, visit The Verge