NY Bill Would Bar Facial-Recognition Programs for Landlords

ALBANY (AP) -

New legislation introduced in New York state would ban the use of facial-recognition software by landlords in residential buildings.

The bill, announced Thursday, comes after officials in San Francisco voted to prohibit police and other city agencies from using facial-recognition systems.

The lawmakers behind the New York legislation cited tenant complaints about landlords who proposed installing facial-recognition systems in their buildings.

Assemblywoman Latrice Walker, a Brooklyn Democrat, says facial-recognition systems are intrusive and their use by landlords could lead to illegal surveillance of tenants.

The bill has not been scheduled for a vote.