Despite it being a tech hub and home to Harvard and MIT, Cambridge is considering banning the use of facial recognition technology by city departments.
Cambridge Mayor Marc McGovern and two other city councilors proposed an ordinance Tuesday banning the computer programs, which identify and track people by analyzing videos and photos. Critics say the surveillance and investigative tools invade privacy and are prone to error.
McGovern's proposal would amend an ordinance passed last December requiring the city manager obtain council approval before using biometric or facial recognition technology.
Bills pending in the state Legislature would also ban use of the technology by governments or establish a moratorium until regulations are developed.