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Facial Recognition Moratorium Requested

BIOMETRICS—U.S.

February 2, 2012

The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) has submitted comments to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) calling for a suspension of facial recognition technology deployment until appropriate standards are in place, according to a press release. EPIC says the technology "is often used by strangers to determine a person's actual identity and that this poses a risk to privacy and personal security." While some organizations have adopted strong privacy practices around the use of facial recognition technology, EPIC says others have "undermined privacy." In its report, EPIC recommends that the FTC ensure that consumers maintain control over their identity and enforce Fair Information Practices "against commercial actors when collecting, using or storing facial recognition data."
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