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surveillance technology is advancing and spreading to cities around the world but San Francisco a major tech hub has actually moved to slow its role this week it voted to ban the purchase and use of facial recognition technology by city departments and require them to submit surveillance technology policies for public vetting Jennifer Lynch surveillance litigation director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation which fights for data privacy says the San Francisco ban is a step in the right direction we're seeing what's happening in China and China is selling its surveillance technology to other countries around the world we already have surveillance cameras everywhere across the United States and we're right at the cost of implementing real time face recognition programs in many cities around the country SO in San Francisco while we don't yet have any real time face recognition programs in place we're right at that point where we need to pass legislation like this so that we can prevent that from happening Reuters correspondent Jeffrey dastan has been following the story while this ordinance is likely to be finalized next week in the law to go in fact at least thirty days after that there still will be facial recognition in use in San Francisco so private sector can still use it if you're a retailer and want to stop shoplifters if you are some other organization and and once used face works for some purpose you still can use it so it still will be very much a technology in in our lives and and you know in our presence civil rights activists have been fighting the use of facial recognition technology arguing it can be used to target minorities had activists last summer the ACLU I scanned the faces of Congress against a mugshot databases and Amazon's facial recognition service produced twenty eight false matches up those false matches significant amount more people of color Amazon has faced screw , NY since last year for selling an image analysis in ID service to law enforcement civil rights groups in companies including Microsoft which also markets of facial recognition service have called for regulation of the technology in recent months that's added momentum to the San Francisco effort and a band reportedly in the works across the bay in Oakland