Portland, ME bans police facial recognition, will pay citizens

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.

The topic

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.

Your move

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

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