MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A proposal to ban the use of facial recognition technology by Minneapolis police and other city departments is advancing.

The technology has raised concerns by some who worry it could be a dangerous step toward a surveillance state where people's movements are tracked the moment they leave their homes.

The technology uses machine learning algorithms to automatically detect human faces from surveillance cameras, social media and other sources and attempts to match the images with a countywide mug shot database.

A council committee advanced the measure Thursday which will go to the full council Feb. 12.

Meanwhile, this technology is not currently being used here in St. Cloud.   Assistant Police Chief Jeff Oxton says

We do not have any technology that utilizes facial recognition software.  Accordingly, that type of technology is not ever utilized during investigations within the St. Cloud Police Department, etc.  We also do not have any plans on purchasing any such equipment at this time.

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