This is a perfect example of how Democrats will give in to the liberals as long as they whine and complain long enough. In the long run, they are really just making things worse for themselves by opening the door for more violent crimes all because they didn't want to hurt someone's feelings.
On Wednesday, Portland City Council members voted to prohibit the use of facial recognition technology, the outcome was unanimous. Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler and City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty introduced the ban of which is the most strict of it's kind nationwide.
The ban, which prohibits the public, and in some cases, private, use of facial recognition technology immediately took effect for city agencies and will become effective for private businesses on January 1st.
The ordinances forbid the use of facial recognition technology by city agencies and on public property within the city but also prohibits the usage of the technology by "private entities in places of public accommodation."
This is the kind of technology that gathers and analyzes people's biometric data and the physical facial features that are"unique to an individual and can verify someone's identity."
Wheeler's reasoning for banning the technology was that it violates the public's personal privacy and has "a demonstrated gender and racial bias."
According to reports, the mayor said, "Technology exists to make our lives easier, not for public and private entities to use as a weapon against the very citizens they serve and accommodate."
Wheeler also went on Twitter to praise himself for the ban.
It’s not an exaggeration to say this is a truly historic day for the City of Portland. Portlanders deserve peace of mind, and
they deserve transparency from private institutions just as they do from public institutions. https://t.co/eG99fJskHZ
— Mayor Ted Wheeler (@tedwheeler) September 9, 2020
Hardesty pleaded her case before the council took a vote, "We own our privacy. And it's our obligation to make sure that we're not allowing people to gather it up secretly and sell it for profit or fear-based activity."
A Smart City PDX webpage explaining the ordinances states, "Portland residents and visitors should enjoy access to public spaces with reasonable privacy. The use of face recognition in law enforcement may identify the wrong person. The source of these concerns is the biases against Black and Brown people, women, and older people. The collection of biometric information with no oversight or safeguards creates risks to people. These risks and negative impacts are worst to those who are experiencing the biases.”
The American Civil Liberties Union explains it's concern regarding the lack of privacy certifications and oversight "that integrate all aspects of privacy."
The agency wrote, "Any breach of biometric data is very hard to mitigate and control. Risks increase by lack of proper due diligence and transparency. Apps that use face biometric data must have privacy by design. The city wants to make sure that children's data - and all personal information - are safe."