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Ban on Oakland’s Use of Facial Recognition Gets First Round of Approval

Ban on Oakland’s Use of Facial Recognition Gets First Round of Approval

The city of Oakland’s Privacy Commission has approved a proposal to ban the municipal government’s use of facial recognition. As CBS’s local news station reports, the proposed legislation still has a long way to go before it can take effect. It will need to be approved by the Public Safety Committee, and then by the…

Proposed Law Would Ban Facial Recognition Surveillance in Heart of Silicon Valley

Proposed Law Would Ban Facial Recognition Surveillance in Heart of Silicon Valley

The heart of Silicon Valley could become the first place where AI-driven facial recognition technology is banned, if proposed legislation is put into place. The proposition comes from San Francisco Board of Supervisors member Aaron Peskin. It would implement new requirements for police to obtain approval from the city’s Board of Supervisors before purchasing new…

Illinois Biometrics Law Gets New Ally in Incoming Attorney General

Illinois Biometrics Law Gets New Ally in Incoming Attorney General

Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) has a potentially powerful new defender in the state’s newly-elected Attorney General, Kwame Raoul. The law, passed a decade ago, is aimed at protecting citizens’ privacy rights with respect to their biometric data, with a central component being a requirement that any companies collecting such data obtain clear consent.…

Facebook Granted Delay in Biometric Privacy Trial

Facebook Granted Delay in Biometric Privacy Trial

Facebook’s legal team made a Hail Mary last week to delay its biometric class action lawsuit, and it has now scored a touchdown: A panel of judges on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has agreed to review whether the lawsuit really should qualify for class action status. The decision essentially pauses the judicial proceedings…

Montana Legislation Emulates Illinois Biometrics Law That Brought Google, Facebook Lawsuits

Montana Legislation Emulates Illinois Biometrics Law That Brought Google, Facebook Lawsuits

Legislators in Montana are considering a new bill that would establish new regulations around biometric data in the state, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation is throwing its support behind it. House Bill 518 would require companies to obtain written consent before collecting biometric information from individuals, to store it securely, and to destroy it when…

State Biometrics Law Produces First Settlement

State Biometrics Law Produces First Settlement

The first tangible legal outcome from the state of Illinois’ biometric data legislation has emerged, reports Big Law Business. It’s the same legislation that has ensnared tech giants like Facebook and Google for their use of biometric identification technologies. The law requires that companies get consent from individuals before ascertaining their biometric data, and compels…

New Overtime Legislation Calls for Biometric Tracking: BioConnect

New Overtime Legislation Calls for Biometric Tracking: BioConnect

New federal legislation that will render millions of American workers eligible for overtime pay is prompting BioConnect to point out the advantages of biometric time and attendance tracking. In a blog post on its website, the company points out that the Fair Labor Standards Act, or FLSA, will come into effect on December 1st. When…

Texas DPS Director Highlights Importance of Biometrics in Law Enforcement

Texas DPS Director Highlights Importance of Biometrics in Law Enforcement

A state hearing on helmed by Texas’ House State Affairs Committee has helped to highlight the importance of biometric identification to security authorities. Speaking at one of the hearings, Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw explained how a seemingly minor amendment to state legislation has hindered the DPS from identifying criminals. The legislation in…

Proposed State Legislation May Limit Drone Facial Recognition Use

Proposed State Legislation May Limit Drone Facial Recognition Use

A Colorado bill will limit the used of facial recognition by drones if it passes into law. Senate Bill 15-059 concerns the permission for law enforcement entities to use unmanned aerial vehicles in certain specific circumstances and under a strict set of operational guidelines. In addition to limiting the maximum weight of a UAV ,…