Earlier this week, Springfield City Council voted in favor of a moratorium on the use of facial recognition technology by the city. In the wake of the vote, Mayor Domenic Sarno, who had previously stated he would veto any such measure, struck a compromise with the council. Both parties agreed to delay implementing facial recognition technology without putting a timeline in place.
Councilor Orlando Ramos is a vocal proponent of the moratorium on the technology, citing liabilities for the municipality and questions regarding its reliability. Ramos sat down with Carolee McGrath to discuss his concerns with the potential use of facial recognition by the city.