OAKLAND, Calif. (KTVU) - A facial recognition ban proposal cleared its first hurdle in Oakland.
On Tuesday, Oakland's Public Safety Committee voted 4-0 to pass the ordinance written by the Privacy Advisory Commission and sponsored by Councilwoman Rebecca Kaplan.
The item now moves on to the full council n July 16.
The technology can aid police departments in catching criminals faster but is also under scrutiny from civil libertarians counter who say that it c=could allow Big Brother to run amok.
San Francisco already passed a facial recognition technology ban, becoming the first city in the nation to do so. And Berkeley is going to vote on a similar proposal in July