Facial recognition technology is somewhat of a controversial subject, earlier in the year, Google banned facial recognition technology apps for its Google Glass, the technology was banned by Google on their wearable gadget until there is proper protection in place.
Apple recently won a patent for facial recognition technology, which could be used in their future iOS devices, and now the Obama Administration is launching a review into facial recognition technology.
The review will be overseen by the NTIA (National Telecommunications and Information Administration) in the US, and the first meeting on the subject will take place in February of next year.
The NTIA will also hold a number of other meeting on facial recognition technology throughout 2014, and they aim to develop a code of conduct for the technology, you can see a statement below.
The goal of the process is to develop a voluntary, enforceable code of conduct that specifies how the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights applies to facial recognition technology. Stakeholders will discuss how best to ensure that consumers’ rights to control, transparency, security, access and accuracy, focused collection, and accountability are respected within the context of current and emerging commercial uses of facial recognition technology.
It will be interesting to see what happens with the review of this new technology, and whether guidelines can be agreed on and then enforced to protect peoples privacy.
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