Facial recognition tech a boon for law enforcement

The Boston Herald

Facial recognition technology has become a lightning rod for debate in Massachusetts.
Proponents of the technology — and, yes, I’m one of them — argue that it helps law enforcement
to investigate and solve crime. Opponents say the technology has outpaced the law and needs
to be regulated.

I think the answer is simple: lawmakers should debate the issues; legislate reasonable
safeguards, if needed; and enable law enforcement to get on with using a valuable tool to find
criminals and keep our communities safe.

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Open Coalition Letter on Use of Facial Recognition by Law Enforcement

Open Coalition Letter on Use of Facial Recognition by Law Enforcement

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Biometric Update – New York City Councillor to Propose Facial Recognition Disclosure Rules for Businesses

Biometric Update – New York City Councillor to Propose Facial Recognition Disclosure Rules for Businesses

Carl Szabo, Vice President of the e-commerce trade association NetChoice, says Texas and Illinois state laws requiring consent from customers for businesses to use facial recognition are too stringent, but that the increased transparency driven by Torres’ bill could ease consumer concerns about the technology.

Stock Sector - NYC Councilman Aims to Regulate Use of Face-Screening Technology

Businesses also use the tool for security by saving an image of someone they don’t want in the store, such as a shoplifter, and matching it against footage of customers entering the premises. Companies also use it for commercial purposes, such as researching shopping trends, according to Carl Szabo, vice president of NetChoice, an e-commerce trade association supporting the use of facial recognition by businesses.

Buzzfeed – Thousands Of Stores Will Soon Use Facial Recognition, And They Won’t Need Your Consent

Buzzfeed – Thousands Of Stores Will Soon Use Facial Recognition, And They Won’t Need Your Consent

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“It’s really curtailing innovation,” Carl Szabo, general counsel for NetChoice, an internet trade group that represents companies like Facebook, Google, and Yahoo, told BuzzFeed News. ”It’s making Illinois a technology desert.”

State Legislature’s Magazine – Smile, the Camera’s on You

State Legislature’s Magazine – Smile, the Camera’s on You

Carl Szabo, a senior policy counsel at NetChoice, an association for online companies, says that because “the legislative process cannot move at the speed of technology,” the industry has recently published privacy guidelines for the use facial recognition. They recommend businesses: Be transparent about using the technology; ensure the data are kept secure; and give consumers some control over how that information is used.

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Broadcasting & Cable News – Agreement Struck on Facial Recognition Best Practices

Broadcasting & Cable News – Agreement Struck on Facial Recognition Best Practices

“Today proves that stakeholders from different worlds with diverse priorities can come together to develop industry guidelines that promote innovation and protect personal privacy,” said Carl Szabo, senior policy counsel for NetChoice. “From customer service to finding lost dogs, to photo organizing, developers of facial recognition applications will now have ‘rules of the road’ as they develop the latest and greatest tech products and applications. This is by no means the end of facial recognition guidelines but the NTIA has led a successful effort that has built a strong foundation that will enable U.S. consumers to reap the benefits of a valuable technology that will make life more convenient and secure.”

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POLITICO – Facial Recognition Talks Proceed Despite Privacy Advocate Opposition

POLITICO – Facial Recognition Talks Proceed Despite Privacy Advocate Opposition

NetChoice’s Carl Szabo, a member of the industry working group, told MT that “nobody is trying to hide the ball.” He added that, “those of us who believe that having guidelines is better than having nothing have been continuing to work.”

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Biometric Update – NTIA near producing draft of facial recognition code of conduct

Biometric Update – NTIA near producing draft of facial recognition code of conduct

Carl Szabo, policy counsel for industry group NetChoice, who is part of the working group developing the draft told The Hill: “There has been a bunch of really great work done by groups to help their members navigate the universe of facial recognition technology. What we’re trying to do is take their good work and the work of everyone who has contributed so far and kind of expand it a little bit further to address public-facing uses of facial recognition technology.”

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