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Federal Trade Commission, Facing Facts: Best Practices for Common Uses of Facial Recognition Technologies (Oct. 2012) (full-text).


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On December 8, 2011, the FTC hosted a workshop — "Face Facts: A Forum on Facial Recognition Technology" — to explore developments in the rapidly evolving field of facial recognition. Panelists discussed a number of issues, including: recent advances in facial recognition technologies; current and possible future commercial uses of facial recognition technologies; ways consumers can benefit from these uses; and privacy and security concerns raised.

Following the workshop, the FTC received eighty public comments discussing these issues. In this report, the FTC staff has synthesized those discussions and comments in order to develop recommended best practices for protecting consumer privacy in this area, while promoting innovation.

Among the best practices recommended for companies using facial recognition technology were