San Fransico amends ban on newer iPhones with FaceID

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In May, San Fransico placed a ban on state officials and government employees using iPhones or other devices with facial recognition. Today, WEIRD reported the following:

On Tuesday, San Francisco supervisors voted to amend their law to allow the use of iPhones with Face ID. The amendments allow municipal agencies to obtain products with facial recognition features—including iPhones—so long as other features are deemed critically necessary and there are no viable alternatives. The ban on using facial recognition still applies. City workers are blocked from using Face ID, and must tap in passcodes.

When the surveillance law and facial recognition ban were proposed in late January, San Francisco police officials told Ars Technica that the department stopped testing facial recognition in 2017. The department didn’t publicly mention that it had contracted with DataWorks that same year to maintain a mug shot database and facial recognition software as well as a facial recognition server through summer 2020, nor did the department reveal that it was exploring an upgrade to the system.

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