Privacy Groups Withdraw from Commerce Dept. Facial Recognition Meetings

Posted: June 18, 2015 in Tech


Federal talks about limiting the use of facial recognition technology have become one-sided now that privacy advocates have walked out of the meetings.

Nine groups representing consumers and others participated in the National Telecommunications Information Administration’s (NTIA) effort for more than a year to create codes of conduct for companies to follow when utilizing facial recognition software. Representatives of those organizations grew frustrated, however, over the lack of compromise by industry leaders, prompting them to withdraw from the talks.

The nine groups are the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), the American Civil Liberties Union, Center for Democracy & Technology, Center for Digital Democracy, Consumer Action, Consumer Federation of America, Consumer Watchdog, Common Sense Media, and the Center on Privacy & Technology.

“After 16 months of active engagement in the process, we decided this week it was no longer an effective use of our resources to continue in a process where companies wouldn’t even agree to the most modest measures to protect privacy,” EFF’s Jennifer Lynch wrote.

A joint statement released by the nine groups reads:

We believe that people have a fundamental right to privacy. People have the right to control who gets their sensitive information, and how that information is shared. And there is no question that biometric information is extremely sensitive. You can change your password and your credit card number; you cannot change your fingerprints or the precise dimensions of your face. Through facial recognition, these immutable, physical facts can be used to identify you, remotely and in secret, without any recourse.

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