San Francisco passed the legislation 8-1 today. While the face recognition 'ban' has already received significant attention over the past few weeks, there is more to it for the surveillance industry.
What has been largely ignored is that the same legislation increases regulation on various surveillance technologies, including license plate recognition, CCTV, and gunshot detection, among other common surveillance technologies, in addition to the 'ban'.
Inside this note, we examine:
Why face recognition is banned
When face recognition is allowed
How surveillance cameras are included in this legislation
Why and how city surveillance camera users must apply for approval
Who is exempt
How is enforcement to be handled
How violations will be handled
San Francisco is not the first city to pass such a law, we examine who is