Have you been mulling over the impact of facial detection and recognition technologies? We have — and we’d like to hear more about how you see things.
On December 8, 2011, the FTC hosted a public workshop, Face Facts: A Forum on Facial Recognition Technology. The workshop addressed a wide range of topics: current uses of facial detection and recognition technologies, what the future looks like, and potential privacy and security concerns. As a follow-up, we’re asking for your input on questions that came up during the workshop, including:
- What are the current and future commercial uses of these technologies?
- How can consumers benefit from the use of these technologies?
- 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?
- What are best practices for providing consumers with notice and choice regarding the use of these technologies?
- 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?
- Is notice and choice the best framework for dealing with the privacy concerns surrounding these technologies, or would other solutions be a better fit? If so, what are they?
- What are best practices for developing and deploying these technologies in a way that protects consumer privacy?
If you’d like to share your thoughts on these issues or other related topics, the deadline for comments is January 31, 2012. Save yourself a step by filing them online.