Common Sense Calls for Stronger Facial Recognition Rules

Statement from Jim Steyer, Common Sense CEO and Founder

Common Sense Media
Tuesday, June 16, 2015

The following statement was released today by Common Sense founder and CEO Jim Steyer in reaction to the consumer groups' announcement to withdraw from facial recognition talks.

"Facial recognition technology raises significant privacy and safety risks for us all, including children and teens. We need clear and enforceable rules of the road so companies can't exploit facial recognition technology and traffic our sensitive personal information without our knowledge and permission — particularly when it comes to kids and teens. Yet after more than a year of meetings with industry and advocates, industry groups are slow-walking the voluntary process, stalling any progress or privacy protections, and completely stonewalling when it comes to recognizing our fundamental right to privacy and right to control who has access to our personal information. It's time for legislators to step in to protect our privacy with clear and enforceable rules."

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