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Baltimore Officially Bans Private Use of Facial Recognition Technology

September 15, 2021


A Baltimore local ordinance recently took effect prohibiting persons from “obtaining, retaining, accessing, or using certain face surveillance technology or any information obtained from certain face surveillance technology.”

The new ordinance prohibits the use of facial recognition technology by city residents, businesses and most of the city government (excluding the city police department) until December 2022. Baltimore joins a growing list of localities regulating private use of facial recognition technology including Portland, Ore., and New York City.

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