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Franken Wants Users Protected Against Facial Recognition ASAP

BIOMETRICS—U.S.

November 22, 2013

Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) has asked the Commerce Department to facilitate a discussion between tech companies and privacy advocates on facial recognition technology, The Hill reports. In a letter to the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration this week, Franken said the tech community should develop best practices “as quickly as possible” to protect individuals when it comes to the technology. “The urgency of this matter is underlined by Facebook’s recent expansion of its facial recognition database—already likely the largest in private hands,” Franken wrote, referring to Facebook’s recent update to its data-use policy that states it will use public profile pictures to identify users in other photos.
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