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California lawmakers have passed a bill that bans law enforcement from using facial recognition technology gathered by body cameras – in a bid to end privacy abuse.
The bill, signed by Governor Gavin Newsom, will go into effect in 2020 and last for three years.
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The motion also prohibits cops from using biometric surveillance including other forms of identification that can be capture from body camera videos.
The bill is first of its kind in the US and recognizes that 'the use of facial recognition and other biometric surveillance is the functional equivalent of requiring every person to show a personal photo identification card at all times in violation of recognized constitutional rights. This technology also allows people to be tracked without consent,' reads the bill.
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Officials also understand that the information gathered from the technology could be used to create a massive database 'about law-abiding Californians' hindering their exercise of free speech in a public setting.
'Let this be a warning to the companies and police departments rushing to adopt this dystopian technology,' wrote the ACLU, a nonprofit, nonpartisan, legal and advocacy organization.
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