A government-led effort to set "best practices" for the technology, took a step forward on Tuesday with a meeting in Washington of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, an agency within the U.S. Commerce Department.
The meeting was immediately denounced by the Center for Digital Democracy, which wrote in a blog post that privacy advocates had been left out of the discussion and expressing concerns about the handling of biometric data:
Americans face new privacy threats from the use of their facial and other biometric information, as personal details of our physical selves are captured, analyzed and used for commercial purposes. Facial technologies are part of the data collection and being conduced daily on Americans today—whether we are online and offline. Companies want to be able to use facial recognition to decisions about us—including how we are to be treated in stores and on websites.