Facial Recognition Technology

On June 14, 2021, the Baltimore City Council passed a bill that would ban the use of facial recognition technology by private entities and individuals within the city limits. If signed into law, Baltimore, Maryland would become the latest U.S. city to enact stringent regulations governing the use of facial recognition technology in the private sector.

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The National Information Security Standardization Technical Committee of China has published a draft standard on Security Requirements of Facial Recognition Data. The Standard, which is non-mandatory, details requirements for collecting, processing, sharing and transferring data used for facial recognition.
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The European Commission has published its Proposal for a Regulation on a European approach for Artificial Intelligence. The Proposal follows a public consultation on the Commission’s White Paper on AI published in February 2020. The Commission simultaneously proposed a new Machinery Regulation, designed to ensure the safe integration of AI systems into machinery.
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On January 11, 2021, the FTC announced that Everalbum, Inc. (“Everalbum”), developer of the “Ever” photo storage app, agreed to a settlement over allegations that the company deceived consumers about its use of facial recognition technology and its retention of the uploaded photos and videos of users who deactivated their accounts.
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On December 22, 2020, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law legislation that temporarily bans the use or purchase of facial recognition and other biometric identifying technology in public and private schools until at least July 1, 2022. The legislation also directs the New York Commissioner of Education to conduct a study on whether this technology is appropriate for use in schools.
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On August 11, 2020, the Court of Appeal of England and Wales overturned the High Court’s dismissal of a challenge to South Wales Police’s use of Automated Facial Recognition technology, finding that its use was unlawful and violated human rights.
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