Policy Insights: San Diego will suspend the use of a facial recognition program

A memo was recently released detailing that San Diego will suspend the use of a facial recognition program beginning January 1, 2020.

Policy Insight

Lécio de Paula, Data Privacy Director, KnowBe4:

“Facial recognition technologies are still in their infancy and using this technology for something that can adversely impact someone’s life needs to be taken into great consideration. In the same light as privacy principles, we need to be asking, is there a less intrusive way to identify an individual? Using facial recognition should be the last resort taken to identify an individual. Although the use of the technology is temporarily blocked, it’s well known that facial recognition technology will be leveraged heavily in the future. By then, we will need to have solved many of the issues surrounding facial recognition tech, such as racial bias, accuracy and the legality of the technology.”