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Carter Introduces Legislation to Better Understand and Develop Facial Recognition Technology in the United States

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Washington, May 19, 2020 | comments
Congressman Earl L. "Buddy" Carter (R-Ga.) introduced legislation today to better understand and develop facial recognition technology in the United States. Carter's Advancing Facial Recognition Act ensures the development of facial recognition technology balances both America's leadership role in this technology and consumer protections while identifying and mitigating risks to the supply chain.

"Facial recognition technology is rapidly evolving and there are rightfully privacy and other concerns. We need to stay ahead of them," 
said Carter. "This bill will work to provide Congress with comprehensive suggestions, risks and plans to address this technology moving forward. We know that industry is utilizing this technology and foreign actors will seek to use it against us. In Congress, and on the Energy and Commerce Committee, it's our responsibility to ensure we can protect Americans and their privacy rights while ensuring we stay ahead of foreign nations like China. We need to continue to foster American leadership in important emerging technologies."

This legislation was introduced as part of the House Energy and Commerce Committee's Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee's agenda to ensure American leadership in emerging technology to beat China and other challenges to global competitiveness. Carter is a member of the Subcommittee. 

Specifically, the Advancing Facial Recognition Act, requires the Federal Trade Commission, the Department of Commerce, and other appropriate agencies to complete a study on facial recognition technologies. The agencies would be required to report to Congress with the findings and suggestions to mitigate risks and develop a national strategy. 

The study encompasses:
  • Sectors using facial recognition technology;
  • Public-private partnerships using facial recognition;
  • How industry uses facial recognition;
  • Concerns and advantages of using facial recognition;
  • A survey of federal activity;
  • An international survey of between 10 and 15 countries leading in this space and what they’re doing; and
  • A survey of the supply chain.
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