After MSG debacle, NYC considers facial recognition ban for businesses, landlords

New York’s City Council introduced a pair of bills last Wednesday aimed at curbing the use of facial recognition and other types of biometric surveillance by private businesses and landlords. Professor Nasir Memon, co-founder of NYU's Center for Cyber Security (CCS), noted that while biometrics can offer password-free security, they also come with special risks.

Biometric data can’t be encrypted in the same way as passwords, he explained, and if that data is stolen, it’s gone for good: “If my password gets leaked, I can change my password,” he said. “But if my biometric gets leaked, I can’t change my face.”