City Council Considers Limits On Face Recognition Tech

Steve Burns
October 08, 2019 - 3:56 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- New York City lawmakers are looking to push back on the increasing use of facial recognition technology at homes and businesses.

"It poses a serious threat to the rights and privacy of tenants," said City Council Member Brad Lander. "No one should be required to have their movements tracked just to enter their own home, but that is the reality that we are starting to face."

His bill would require landlords to give tenants traditional, physical keys to enter buildings and apartments.

A similar bill was introduced earlier this year in the state Assembly after San Francisco officials voted to ban the use of facial recognition systems by police and other city departments

Meanwhile, Council Member Rafael Espinal has introduced a bill that would require businesses that collect biometric data to notify customers if any information is being given to third parties. 

"While this technology has a potential to be utilized in a number of positive ways, there are several valid concerns that need to be addressed," Espinal said, adding that while he doesn't want to stand in the way of the new technology, people should at least be aware of it.