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Massachusetts Moves to Ban Police Use of Facial Recognition

Dec. 2, 2020, 2:03 AM

Massachusetts moved closer to becoming the first state to ban the use of facial recognition by police, after a vote late Tuesday by the state Legislature.

The facial recognition language is part of a sweeping 193-page, police reform and accountability bill (S. 2963). The Senate approved the bill 28 to 12 and the state House of Representatives approved it 92 to 67. The measure would require police to be licensed every three years and limit their protection from lawsuits related to bad conduct. The moratorium on police use of facial recognition would begin after Dec. 31, 2021.


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