FTC Addresses Facial Recognition Privacy Concerns

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Facial recognition applications now link faces with other databases, allowing companies to identify anonymous individuals and obtain their personal information without the consumer ever knowing, thus raising privacy concerns. In an effort to give companies guidance and protect consumer privacy, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released a pamphlet with Best Practices for Common Uses of Facial Recognition Technologies. The FTC urges facial recognition developers to incorporate “privacy by design” into the technology at every stage of development.

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