City won't proceed with facial recognition software contract

July 26, 2019

The City of Boise today announced it will not proceed with a contract that would have provided limited use of facial recognition software at select city facilities.

The safety of our employees is one of our highest priorities. After researching this issue further, the city is concerned with how this technology has been used in other cities. The city will use other proven methods to keep our employees safe.

The city is currently working to provide employees software that will allow them to use their cell phones to immediately notify security personnel if a threat arises. This software also would allow employees to opt in to receive security notifications from the city when a threat is present. The city also is planning additional training for employees on how to identify and react to a variety of different security concerns.

The contract for the use of the software has not been finalized and no city funds have been expended to date on the software.

Contact: Mayor's Office Media Relations

(208) 972-8527 | mjournee@cityofboise.org

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