En prévision de la rencontre du 8 décembre prochain de la Federal Trade Commission visant à discuter des enjeux de la reconnaissance faciale en matière de protection de la vie privée (billet), le sénateur Rockefeller a fait parvenir une lettre à cette instance, comme l'indiquent différentes sources dont
- l'Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC):
"Senator John D. Rockefeller (D-WV) sent a letter requesting that the Federal Trade Commission assess the use of facial recognition technology and recommend legislation to protect privacy. Facial recognition technology is being used by technology firms and also police agencies, which has raised civil liberties concerns. The letter cited mobile applications such as SceneTap, which "tracks the male/female ratio and age mix of the crowd [in bars]" and digital advertising at the Venetian Resort in Las Vegas that tailors ads to the person standing in front of the display based on recognition of that person’s age and gender. The FTC will hold a workshop on facial recognition technology on December 8, 2011. EPIC's complaint regarding Facebook's facial recognition is still pending before the FTC."
(Source: EPIC, "Sen. Rockefeller Requests FTC Report on Facial Recognition Technology", October 20, 2011)
- ou encore Kerry Monroe dans Inside Privacy
"Yesterday, Senator John D. Rockefeller IV (D-W.Va.), chairman of the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee sent a letter to the FTC commending the agency for its examination of this emerging technology and requesting a report following the workshop. Senator Rockefeller indicated that the report should include potential legislative approaches to protect consumer privacy as facial recognition technology proliferates.À suivre donc.
New uses for facial recognition technology are being deployed in both the public and private sectors. The Federal Bureau of Investigations is working to activate a nationwide facial recognition service, Next Generation Identification, which will be available to law enforcement authorities in select states by January 2012. And, as Senator Rockefeller noted in his letter, "facial recognition technology is already being put to use in a broad range of commercial areas," including real-time scanning to identify the demographic features of crowds or of individuals standing next to advertising displays, as well as scanning of photographs users upload to an online service to identify the individuals depicted in them.
The FTC workshop is scheduled for December 8, 2011, and Senator Rockefeller has requested that the FTC provide a preliminary report to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation by February 8, 2012."
(Source: Kerry MONROE, "Senator Rockefeller Requests FTC Report on Facial Recognition Technology", Inside Privacy, October 20, 2011)