Portland, Maine, Bans Face-to-Face Video Surveillance

Citizens of the city of Portland, Maine, voted against video surveillance of facial recognition in a referendum initiative. The city council voted against this type of surveillance in August, leading to a temporary ban on these technologies. The ban on facial recognition is enacted for a period of at least 5 years and can be renewed through a new vote.

The city of Portland, Maine, bans facial recognition technology for federal governments

During this time, any citizen who is a “victim” of federal government face recognition (including the police) can receive civil compensation of up to $ 1,000 per crime. The federal employees responsible for monitoring only risk being fired. It should be noted, however, that this decree has no impact on the private sector (yet). Portland isn’t the first American city to ban facial reco technology. The cities of Boston, San Francisco or Porland (this time in Oregon).

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