Biometrics

How You Can Help Shape the Contours of Facial Recognition Self-Regulation

On February 25, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) held the second meeting of the Facial Recognition Multi-Stakeholder Process. The IAPP’s Angelique Carson, CIPP/US, reported on the first meeting here. The ultimate goal is to develop a code of conduct consistent with the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights that will be both voluntary and enforceable by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

A key outcome of the meeting is the determination that commercial entities will be covered—battles around government uses will take place elsewhere. So it is time for developers of commercial facial recognition technologies and the entities using them to “face it” and take action.

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Revenge Porn, Copyrights and Data Ownership: Where Does Our Data Begin and End?

By Jedidiah Bracy, CIPP/US, CIPP/E

There was an interesting article in The Atlantic Monthly this week about revenge porn and copyright law—and I’m hoping some of you out there can help me.

But first, let me step back.

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From the Regulator

Stage Is Set for a Challenging Year for Privacy in Canada

Shakespeare wrote in The Tempest that “What’s past is prologue,” and this notion definitely holds true when we consider the most significant privacy issues for Canadians in 2014. Issues such as government surveillance and massive data breaches that pushed privacy to centre stage last year—prompting Dictionary.com to make “privacy” its word of the year—will undoubtedly continue to be hot issues. But we can also expect to see a plethora of challenging new issues flowing from the intersection of technology and privacy. The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada has been closely examining several new technological issues as part of our recent research efforts—precisely because we expect they will raise important privacy issues in Canada in the year ahead and beyond.

Here is a glance at some of the key issues on our watch list:

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The Art of Turning Discarded Chewing Gum Into Your Portrait

By Jedidiah Bracy, CIPP/US, CIPP/E

Think of how much of ourselves we leave behind in public: A piece of chewing gum here. A strand of hair there. For smokers, perhaps a littered cigarette butt.

No big deal, right? Well, maybe the littering…

But what if someone could take your mundane, discarded items—filled with tiny strands of DNA—and turn them into a portrait of you?

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