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Massachusetts Edges Toward First State Facial Recognition Ban

July 14, 2020, 1:25 PM

The Massachusetts Senate has approved legislation that would make the state the first in the nation to ban police use of facial recognition technology.

The bill (S. 2800) would place a moratorium until at least Dec. 31, 2021, when a study committee would issue recommendations about whether to regulate or permanently ban the technology.

The bill, which includes numerous changes affecting police, passed 30-7 Tuesday in the Democratic-led body and now heads to the House.

House Speaker Robert Deleo (D) and Gov. Charlie Baker (R) support other parts of the measure but have not said whether they will back the...

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