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Senators Raise Concerns Over Facial Recognition

BIOMETRICS—U.S.

July 19, 2012

At the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law hearing Wednesday, lawmakers pressed Facebook and law enforcement officials for answers on the use of facial recognition, AFP reports. Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) called for opt-in consent, stating, "I'm worried about how Facebook handles the choices it does give users about this technology," and Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) urged Facebook not to use facial recognition on children under the age of 13. The FBI’s Jerome Pender said while the agency has a database of 12.8 million photos, it "is committed to ensuring appropriate privacy protections are in place," the report states, and the FTC’s Maneesha Mithal noted it is studying how to regulate the commercial use of facial recognition.
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