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Facial recognition proposal lacks privacy protections, advocate says

Grant Gross | June 25, 2014
A facial recognition trade group's proposals for privacy standards are an "extreme" departure from U.S. expectations on how personal data should be handled, a privacy advocate said Tuesday.

The IBIA proposal has raised concerns from privacy advocates that "the industry is pushing a policy that will ensure there's no real privacy for facial recognition," said Jeffrey Chester, executive director of the Center for Digital Democracy.

During the past two years, the NTIA has convened a series of meetings with a broad range of industry representatives, privacy advocates and other interested groups, in an effort to get participants to agree on voluntary privacy standards. The NTIA's first topic, dealing with mobile privacy issues, ended with some privacy advocates saying it was too dominated by industry representatives.

The IBIA proposal "is just the latest example of where the NTIA process is being run by industry lobbyists who really don't want to see consumer privacy is protected," Chester said by email.

 

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