In an unprecedented move the city of Francisco, has decided that new face recognition projects by the city itself has to be run through their board of supervisors. See the draft law here: https://sfgov.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=F&ID=7206781&GUID=38D37061-4D87-4A94-9AB3-CB113656159A
That means, it doesn’t completetly ban face recognition as some media suggested, but develops a policy that will put the acquisition of face recognition technique through the city administration under control.
While surveillance technology may threaten the privacy of all of us, surveillance efforts have historically been used to intimidate and oppress certain communities and groups more than others, including those that are defined by a common race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, income level, sexual orientation, or political perspective.FILE NO. 190110, Board of supervisors, City of San Francisco, p.1
Obviously the city has not banned face recognition technology in general, since this would include every smart phone today. Also there is a long list of exemptions:
Surveillance Technology does not include the following devices, hardware, or software: [long list of basic electronic infrastructure, incl. databases needed to run a city].FILE NO. 190110, Board of supervisors, City of San Francisco, p.6