Following San Francisco, Boston is now the second-largest city in the world to ban the use of facial recognition technology by police and city agencies, as well as the procurement of facial surveillance from a third party. This was determined on Wednesday, with a veto-proof majority and is with Mayor Martin J. Walsh who will review it.
In support of this ban, Councilor Ricardo Arroyo cited the 2018 MIT study which found an error rate of almost 35% for dark-skinned women compared to 0.8% of light-skinned men. In another study by NIST, it was found that there is a higher rate of false positives for Asian and African-American faces compared to Caucasions in one-to-one matching scenarios.
Source: We Live Security