Face Facts: A Forum on Facial Recognition Technology, Project No. P115406 #00051 

Submission Number:
Ernest C. Smitten
Initiative Name:
Face Facts: A Forum on Facial Recognition Technology, Project No. P115406
As corporate entities with technology in hand tend to collect and abuse the personal information of private citizens, with both eyes locked on their quarterly profits, I believe it appropriate that the FTC seek out ways to implement checks and balances on this power. Wherever possible, private citizens should have the ability to opt-in to facial detection or recognition technology, rather than opt-out. Certainly, as technology can spread and surround us so quickly these days, a person who wishes to opt out of providing their face to all these faceless companies could easily find it an overwhelming task, trying to beat back the barrage of requests for access to what is, although visible to all, still an essential part of our person, our body and our identity. Stepping outside the home already feels like walking into a government facility, with video cameras mounted on every street corner in some places. The FTC needs to allow Americans to control the use of their own face wherever possible. The faces of celebrities are protected from unauthorized financial gain. In the information age, every citizen needs this level of protection, not only to control the ways in which their identity is used, but also to protect some sense of what our identity means to us. We are human beings. Regardless of how convenient it may be for corporations, we are not required to evolve into computer programs, and corporations have no right to absorb the details of our private bodies to manipulate according to their whims. Thank you. a concerned citizen, Ernest C. Smitten