King County Washington Bans Facial Recognition | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED X-Frame-Options: SAMEORIGIN

King County Washington Bans Facial Recognition

By Michael Maharrey

SEATTLE, Wash. (June 2, 2021) – On Tuesday, the Metropolitan King County Council unanimously passed an ordinance banning the use of facial recognition technology. The growing movement to prohibit the use of facial recognition at the state and local levels could hinder the operation of a growing national facial recognition network.

Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles was the lead sponsor of the ordinance. The new law prohibits county administrative offices and executive departments, including the sheriff’s department, from acquiring or using facial recognition technology or facial recognition information. It also bans county agencies from issuing any permit or entering into any agreement which authorizes any third party to use facial recognition technology or obtain facial recognition information on behalf of the county.

Under the new ordinance, law enforcement agencies can still use information gathered via facial recognition in an investigation as long as they don’t ask for it or produce it themselves. The law also allows the use of facial recognition in conjunction with a federal program that searches for missing children...