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US senators introduce bipartisan bill on facial recognition technology

Friday 15 March 2019 | 11:17 CET | News
Two US senators have introduced a bill to curb potential privacy violations presented by facial recognition technology, the Hill reported. The bipartisan bill, sponsored by Hawaii Senator Brian Schatz (D) and Missouri Senator Roy Blunt, wants companies to inform people about any use of their facial recognition technology and for them to get explicit consent before sharing any facial recognition data with third parties. The senators also want want third-party testing before facial recognition technology is introduced into the market, to ensure it is unbiased and does not harm consumers.

“Consumers are increasingly concerned about how their data is being collected and used, including data collected through facial recognition technology,” Blunt says. “That’s why we need guardrails to ensure that, as this technology continues to develop, it is implemented responsibly.” 

Microsoft president Brad Smith said he supports the bills. “Facial recognition technology creates many new benefits for society and should continue to be developed. Its use, however, needs to be regulated to protect against acts of bias and discrimination, preserve consumer privacy, and uphold our basic democratic freedoms,” he said. Smith had previously called for regulation over facial recognition technologies.

The Internet Association said the bill advances the conversation around privacy as it relates to facial recognition technology and that the industry was looking forward to working with both senators on the issues raised.



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