John G. Haley | Bloomberg LawFederal Trade Commission: Comments on Facial Recognition Technology The Federal Trade Commission is seeking public comment on the issues discussed during a recent FTC workshop on the privacy and security concerns raised by the use of facial recognition technology. The workshop, titled Face Facts: A Forum on Facial Recognition Technology, was held December 8, 2011 in Washington, D.C. The FTC brought together expertsfrom several fields to discuss how facial recognition and detection technology works, current and future of uses of such technologies, and their social ramifications and policy implications. According to the FTC, "facial detection and recognition technologies have been adopted in a variety of new contexts, ranging from online social networks to digital signs and mobile apps," and this "increased use has raised a variety of privacy concerns." Press Release, Federal Trade Commission, FTC Seeks Public Comments on Facial Recognition Technology (Dec. 23, 2011). The FTC is asking the public to comment on the issues raised at the workshop. Questions the FTC raises include:
What are the privacy and security concerns surrounding the adoption of these technologies, and how do they vary depending on how the technologies are implemented? Are there special considerations that should be given for the use of these technologies on or by populations that may be particularly vulnerable, such as children? Are there situations where notice and choice are not necessary? By contrast, are there contexts or places where these technologies should not be deployed, even with notice and choice? What are best practices for developing and deploying these technologies in a way that protects consumer privacy?
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