A Pittsburgh councilman introduced legislation that would ban unrestricted use of facial recognition and predictive policing tech. While Pittsburgh police don't use facial recognition right now, Councilman Corey O’Connor said he wants to prepare the city, especially since he says studies show the technology is biased against people of color.
- O’Connor said the technology is "not up to speed" and resulting in false arrests of people who are wrongly matched in searches.
- O’Connor’s bill, which will be discussed at a public meeting Sept. 2, would require council approval to use facial recognition technology in the city.
- A U.S. Government Accountability Office has urged Congress to develop an overarching federal framework for facial recognition. The report confirms that more businesses are using the technology than when the last report came out in 2015. Concerns abound when it comes to privacy, ethics, and consent, which is why a framework is needed.
- New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says authorities will reassess the NYPD's use of facial recognition technology after police used it to investigate a Black Lives Matter activist.