Portland, Maine, has passed a ballot initiative that would ban police and municipal agencies from using facial recognition,media reported. It is reported that in August, the city council voted to pass a preliminary ban as a decree to implement. Today’s vote replaces the act with a stronger measure, which cannot be repealed for at least five years.
Earlier this year, the South Maine branch of the Democratic Socialists voted on the law as part of a series of other progressive initiatives, including a $15 minimum wage and new restrictions on rent increases.
The new measures also add specific penalties that would allow citizens to be awarded at least $1,000 in civil costs if they were monitored for violations of the rules. Violations of the Ordinance are also used as grounds for terminating or suspending the work of municipal employees. The use of this technology by the private sector is not affected.
Portland, Maine, became the latest city to ban the technology, after Boston, San Francisco and Portland, Oregon. In June, congressional Democrats introduced a bill that would impose a similar ban at the federal level.