The ordinance would additionally ban county places of work from getting into into an settlement with third events or acquiring facial recognition data.
KING COUNTY, Wash. — Editor’s be aware: The above video beforehand aired on KING 5 in Could 2021.
The King County Council will take into account prohibiting the acquisition and use of facial recognition know-how by administrative places of work, together with the sheriff’s workplace.
The proposed ordinance, which shall be thought of throughout Tuesday’s council assembly, would additionally prohibit county administrative and government departments from acquiring facial recognition data or getting into into an settlement authorizing a 3rd celebration to make use of the know-how.
A spokesperson for the King County Sheriff’s Workplace previously said they don’t use facial recognition know-how and assist the measure.
An extended record of nonprofits, together with the ACLU, despatched a letter to the council urging them to cross the ban.
The proposed ban would solely influence King County places of work and never cities inside the county.
The Seattle Police Division doesn’t use facial recognition instruments, a spokesperson beforehand instructed KING 5.
Of the issues over the know-how, accuracy, demographic biases, and encroachment on civil liberties are main ones.
“The know-how is advancing quickly, and it may be improved, however can we nonetheless need to be surveilled to that extent by [the] authorities?” Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles, who’s sponsoring the bill that may ban the instruments, stated in early Could.