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MTA Prohibited from Employing Facial Recognition for Fare Evasion Enforcement

New York lawmakers and Gov. Kathy Hochul agreed on the budget last weekend.

Buried in the new state budget is one sentence with major implications for the future of MTA fare enforcement: a ban on the use of facial recognition. The new law requires the MTA to “not use, or arrange for the use, of biometric identifying technology, including but not limited to facial recognition technology, to enforce rules relating to the payment of fares.” State Assemblymember Zohran Mamdani of Queens told Gothamist the measure was added to the budget to protect New Yorkers and their privacy. Click here to read more on