Tag Archives: Facial Recognition Technology

ICO opens beta phase of privacy “regulatory sandbox”

On March 29, 2019, the ICO opened the beta phase of the “regulatory sandbox” scheme (the “Sandbox”), which is a new service designed to support organizations that are developing innovative and beneficial projects that use personal data.  The application process for participating in the Sandbox is now open, and applications must be submitted to the … Continue Reading

NTIA Multistakeholder Group Reaches Consensus on Best Practices for Commercial Use of Facial Recognition Technology

Last week, the multistakeholder group convened by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (“NTIA”) to create set of voluntary best practices for the commercial use of facial recognition technology finalized its guidelines.  While the three-page code of conduct was praised by industry groups, including the Software & Information Industry Association and Consumer Technology Association, many … Continue Reading

NTIA to Convene Multistakeholder Meetings On Facial Recognition Technology

The National Telecommunications & Information Administration (“NTIA”) announced today that it will convene a series of meetings about the commercial uses of facial recognition technology.  The goal of the meetings will be to develop a voluntary, enforceable code of conduct specifying how the Obama Administration’s “Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights” applies to facial recognition.  The first … Continue Reading

FTC Issues Guidance on Best Practices for Facial Recognition Technology

This week, the FTC released a staff report urging companies to adopt best practices for commercial uses of facial recognition technology.  The report, entitled Facing Facts: Best Practices for Common Uses of Facial Recognition Technologies, follows a workshop held last December and more than 80 public comments addressing issues raised at the workshop.  Facing Facts … Continue Reading

Biometric Data Under the Privacy Microscope

The Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Immigration Policy Center last week released an interesting report on law enforcement’s increasing efforts to gather biometric data, and associated risks of data inaccuracy, racial profiling, erroneous deportations, security breaches, and privacy invasions.  The report calls for greater accountability in the biometrics context, including collection and retention limitations; clear … Continue Reading

Facial Recognition Opinion Targets Social Networks, Authentication Services and Games Consoles

The Article 29 Working Party (WP29) yesterday published an opinion on facial recognition in online and mobile services.  The WP29 states this technology requires “specific attention” as it presents “a range of data protection concerns”.  The opinion focuses on facial technology being used in three main contexts: identifying people in social networks; authenticating and verifying … Continue Reading

FTC Seeks Comment on Facial Recognition

Following up on its “Face Facts” workshop that brought together a variety of stakeholders to discuss the privacy issues relating to commercial uses of facial recognition technology, the FTC has announced that it is seeking public comment on the issues raised at the workshop.  According to the Commission, these issues include:  What are the current … Continue Reading

Senator Rockefeller Requests FTC Report on Facial Recognition Technology

Last month, as we previously reported, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it will host a December workshop to explore potential privacy and security implications raised by the increasing use of facial recognition technology.  Yesterday, Senator John D. Rockefeller IV (D-W.Va.), chairman of the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee sent a letter to the FTC commending … Continue Reading

FTC To Hold Facial Recognition Technology Workshop

The Federal Trade Commission announced this week that it will host a workshop to explore potential privacy and security implications raised by the increasing use of facial recognition technology.  The discussion will take place on December 8, 2011 in Washington, DC. According to the FTC, the workshop, which is free and open to the public, … Continue Reading
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