After hearing from representatives of law enforcement and civil liberties groups, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted to put a moratorium on the municipal use of facial recognition technology. Their city is the first in the country to do so.
A bevy of bills would create additional consumer protections, but key parts of the legislation have shifted or fallen away since originally introduced. They include restrictions on what data voice assistants can store.
The new form of online disinformation has some government officials uneasy about its potential effects on upcoming political campaigns and elections, but policy efforts to address it are sparse.
The Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association opposes the measure, which firefighter associations back because of safety concerns.
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors has postponed a decision on the Stop Secret Surveillance ordinance until later this month. If approved, the proposal would, in part, ban the consolidated city-county from using facial recognition software.
The LA Found Initiative, launched in October by Los Angeles County, deploys radio tracking to watch over at-risk adults.
The partnership will focus on a number of initiatives, including collaboration involving some 3,200 recently installed smart streetlights, which are equipped with a bevy of sensors that assist with data collection and law enforcement operations.