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Portland passes surveillance technology policy

The City of Portland has recently passed its surveillance policy, which is aimed at building trust and striking a balance between the benefits and risks of surveillance technologies. The policy sets the ground for the creaton of an inventory of surveillance technologies, both already in use and those which will be procured in the future. Portland started working on privacy around surveillance technologies in 2019, and passed a ban on facial recognition systems in 2020. After a long consultation and citizen engagement process, the city has now passed an overarching resolution to guide the deployment of surveillance technologies.

Read this interview to Hector Domínguez, Open Data Coordinator at the City of Portland to learn more about the the policy

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