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Topline: As facial recognition technology raises concerns about how it could lead to privacy and civil rights violations—especially for people of color—San Francisco became the first city to ban its use. But some worry a blanket ban hinders the ability of the police to find missing people and crime suspects.
Big asterisk: The ban doesn’t apply to the San Francisco International Airport and the Port of San Francisco, because they are under the jurisdiction of the federal government. The ban also doesn’t apply to private businesses or individuals.
Key finding: A 2018 study by the M.I.T. Media Lab found that facial recognition programs have a higher error rate for women of color.