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The consumer-facing applications of facial recognition technology continue to evolve and appear in new contexts. There are several key functions that benefit from facial recognition technology, including: (1) safety and security; (2) access and authentication; (3) photograph and video storage identification and organization; (4) accessibility to platforms, accounts, or services, and (5) marketing and customer service. There are also, however, specific concerns about the privacy protections needed for the responsible use of this expanding technology. Brenda Leong, Senior Counsel & Director of Artificial Intelligence and Ethics, runs FPF’s biometrics project, focusing primarily on facial recognition.

FPF has published three facial recognition resources: the infographic Understanding Facial Detection, Characterization, and Recognition Technologies, the report Privacy Principles for Facial Recognition Technology in Consumer Applications, and a Facial Recognition Discussion Document.

FPF Releases Understanding Facial Detection, Characterization, and Recognition Technologies and Privacy Principles for Facial Recognition Technology in Commercial Applications
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September 20, 2018 | Brenda Leong

FPF Releases Understanding Facial Detection, Characterization, and Recognition Technologies and Privacy Principles for Facial Recognition Technology in Commercial Applications

These resources will help businesses and policymakers better understand and evaluate the growing use of face-based biometric technology systems when used for consumer applications. Facial recognition technology can help users organize and label photos, improve online services for visually impaired users, and help stores and stadiums better serve customers. At the same time, the technology often involves the collection and use of sensitive biometric data, requiring careful assessment of the data protection issues raised. Understanding the technology and building trust are necessary to maximize the benefits and minimize the risks.

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What's Happening: Facial Recognition

FPF Letter to NY State Legislature
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June 17, 2019 | Amelia Vance

FPF Letter to NY State Legislature

On Friday, June 14, FPF submitted a letter to the New York State Assembly and Senate supporting a well-crafted moratorium on facial recognition systems for security uses in public schools. 

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February 27, 2019 | FPF Staff

FPF Comments on the Washington Privacy Act, SB 5376

Today, the Future of Privacy Forum submitted comments to the Washington State Senate Ways & Means Committee on the proposed Washington Privacy Act, Senate Bill 5376. FPF takes a “neutral” position regarding the Bill, and makes a few important points. FPF commends the Bill’s sponsors for addressing a broad set of individual data protection rights. […]

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Digital Data Flows Masterclass: Emerging Technologies
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January 2, 2019 | editor

Digital Data Flows Masterclass: Emerging Technologies

Digital Data Flows Masterclass is a year-long educational program designed for regulators, policymakers, and staff seeking to better understand the data-driven technologies at the forefront of data protection law & policy. The program will feature experts on machine learning, biometrics, connected cars, facial recognition, online advertising, encryption, and other emerging technologies. Sign up to receive email […]

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