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NTIA continues meetings to develop data privacy guidelines for facial recognition technology


National Telecommunications and Information Administration, an agency under the US Department of Commerce, announced it will continue its privacy multistakeholder meetings regarding the commercial use of facial recognition technology on July 28, 2015 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., EDT.

Held in the Boardroom at the American Institute of Architects in Washington, DC, the meeting is intended to discuss the development of data privacy guidelines for facial recognition technology.

On February 23, 2012, the White House released Consumer Data Privacy in a Networked World: A Framework for Protecting Privacy and Promoting Innovation in the Global Digital Economy, aptly referred to as the ‘‘Privacy Blueprint’’.

The Privacy Blueprint establishes a Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights and directs NTIA to hold multistakeholder meetings to develop a set of guidelines that specify how the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights applies in specific business contexts.

On December 3, 2013, NTIA announced that it would host a multistakeholder meeting with the goal of developing these guidelines to protect consumers’ privacy and promote trust relating to commercial use of facial recognition technology.

On February 6, 2014, NTIA held the first meeting of the multistakeholder process, followed by additional meetings through June 2015.

Previously reported, NTIA met on June 11 in Washington DC to work on resolving two critical problems regarding the facial recognition multistakeholder process, including whether to make it optional.

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