San Francisco is the first city in America, who has decided to ban the police from adopting face recognition technology.
The reason why this decision was made is related to privacy. City officials felt it was inappropriate to expose them photos of people in face recognition applications.
The decision was adopted on Tuesday, with eight votes against one.
Law enforcement agencies should be transparent about the monitoring technologies they use.
Officials say that face recognition technology violates rights and political freedoms, making it more negative than positive. "It threatens our ability to live freely, without constant government monitoring," they said.
The use of these tracking technologies and their sharing data of people should happen in extremely important cases.
Various tracking systems have been used and accepted for several years, such as vehicle identification cameras and surveillance cameras (in shops and more).
The use of facial recognition technology by police can be quite helpful for arresting guilty people.
However, there are some researchers who believe that its use will not be effective. It has been found that the recognition system has "prejudices" towards colored people and women. Also, a report showed that the Amazon recognition application had not correctly identified some people.
The San Francisco decision supports many organizations fighting for civil rights and freedoms, as well as the non-profit organization ACLU of North California.
Many people opposed the adoption of this technology by law enforcement agencies, so this decision will reassure them.
Concerns also exist in other US cities that are thinking of following the San Francisco example. Some of them are Oakland, Berkeley and Somerville.
Even some technology companies believe that there should be restrictions on the use of face recognition technology. For example, her chairman microsoft Brad Smith had stated that unrestricted use of technology could erode people's democracy and privacy.
On the other hand, China has welcomed and adopted the Face Recognition System with great joy to be able to monitor its citizens.