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Advocates Concerned About Facial Recognition

BIOMETRICS

July 25, 2011

The Globe and Mail reports on the increasing use and implementation of facial recognition technology online and in home surveillance systems, which has some businesses excited and privacy advocates concerned. Facebook recently began rolling out facial recognition technology, and Google has announced that it has acquired Pittsburg Pattern Recognition, a facial recognition developer. Several digital rights groups have filed a complaint to the Federal Trade Commission alleging that individuals are not adequately informed of the biometric information that is being collected about them. In discussing some uses of biometric software, Ontario Information and Privacy Commissioner Ann Cavoukian says, "I think it's appalling...It is very sensitive information."
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