Facial Recognition

FTC agrees to make compliance report public in face recognition-related case; WPF comments had a positive impact

We are extremely pleased and heartened that after years of requesting that the FTC make compliance reports public, that the Commission has agreed to do so with the Everalbum settlement. WPF submitted comments regarding the Everalbum proposed settlement to the US Federal Trade Commission on February 23, 2021. Today, the FTC announced the final settlement and

FTC proposes precedent-setting face recognition settlement: photo app company must delete consumers’ photos and the algorithmic models it developed using the photos

The FTC has proposed a crucially important settlement with a photo app developer, Everalbum Inc., which the FTC says “deceived consumers about its use of facial recognition technology and its retention of the photos and videos of users who deactivated their accounts.”  The proposed FTC settlement will require the company to obtain consumers’ express consent

Face Recognition and Face Masks:  Accuracy of face recognition plummets when applied to mask-wearers; NIST report 

NIST has published its first report regarding face recognition algorithms and the wearing of face masks. The report quantifies how one-to-one face recognition systems perform when they are utilized on images of diverse people wearing a variety of mask types and colors. The study found that pre-COVID-19 FR algorithms have substantial error rates, some reaching as high as 50 percent for false non-match rates.

The importance of Doing No Harm: India’s plan to create a new national facial recognition database

This coming Friday, the government of India is planning to announce the winner of a Request For Proposals to create a large, national, centralized facial recognition system for law enforcement purposes. The tender for the project outlines an ambitious program of facial surveillance in India utilizing image databases that law enforcement officers could access in

WPF and Brookings co-hosting Biometric Roundtable at International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners

The World Privacy Forum and the Brookings Institution will co-host a Biometric Roundtable Wednesday, October 23 at the International Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners’ Conference in Tirana, Albania. Cam Kerry of Brookings and Pam Dixon of WPF will co-moderate the discussion. The purpose of the Biometrics Roundtable is to promote a dialogue between the data