San Francisco City Plan prohibits human face recognition software application

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San Francisco has a number of successful technology companies (such as Uber, Twitter, Airbnb, and Yahoo) that will vote for the controversial Stop Secret Surveillance Ordinance (SSSO). It is reported that this SSSO is that legislation does not allow the government to use the human face recognition system to monitor her city, and the person who supports this proposal said that in the past experiments, the face recognition system has a great way to identify people of color. The error creates a potential racial discrimination issue.

However, some comments doubt whether their rationale is reasonable? For example, the recognition technology of face recognition will become more and more accurate with deep learning, and in San Francisco, the government also allows some companies that provide genetic identification and analysis (such as 23andMe and Ancestry) to register and operate locally. In fact, is this invading privacy or making some kind of discrimination?

The media opposed to legislation believes that SSSO has a wide definition of monitoring technology, even including RFID scanners or monitoring instruments carried on individuals, and questioning the rationale for this bill.

In fact, the application of technology always has positive and negative aspects. When the email is available, it is convenient for people to communicate. However, some people will spam emails, and even the criminals will use emails to retrieve the password of the victim’s bank account for theft. As long as the human face recognition technology is applied properly, it can bring convenience in various social fields. However, some politicians like to exaggerate its negative application and let them have certain interests. Such an attitude is actually not a blessing to society!