Face Facts: We want to hear from you

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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.


This new tech will vastly improve law enforcement's ability to recover goods and deter criminal activity. I am for the implementation where ever possible to thwart thugs. Take my picture please and keep us safe.
What are the current and future commercial uses of these technologies? Want to know some other facts.

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