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Bernie Sanders and Jeff Merkley want to regulate facial recognition

National Biometric Information Privacy Act
Rite Aid
Clearview AI
Social Security
the Commercial Facial Recognition Privacy Act
the Federal Trade Commission
the Electronic Frontier Foundation
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Jeff Merkley
Bernie Sanders
Best Buy.“We
Evan Greer
Sen. Brian Schatz
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There’s also concern over facial recognition that could be integrated into home security systems, like the ones sold by Amazon’s camera-doorbell company Ring, as well as lingering anxiety over the power of private companies like Clearview AI, which collected billions of photos without the consent of those pictured, and at one point had designs to provide this technology to private chains like Macy’s and Best Buy.“We can’t let companies scoop up or profit from people’s faces and fingerprints without their consent,” said Sen. Jeff Merkley in a statement. “We have to fight against a ‘big brother’ surveillance state that eradicates our privacy and our control of our own information, be it a threat from the government or from private companies.”A staffer familiar with the legislation said one purpose of the law is to increase consumer understanding of the pervasiveness of facial recognition, but they would not comment on how this law would impact specific companies. They explained that the law is modeled after Illinois’s Biometric Information Privacy Act, a powerful piece of state legislation that has cost Facebook $650 million in fines over its facial recognition-enabled tagging, and likely keeps Google from making available a facial recognition feature available on Nest home security cameras in the state. “There’s a lot of businesses across the world that are harvesting and monetizing the biometrics, without us — the general public — really having a lot of knowledge about exactly what’s going on or consenting to the practice,” said India McKinney, the director of federal affairs of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which also supports the legislation.It’s unclear how much traction this newest proposal will receive, but the bill certainly sets a higher bar for companies selling facial recognition, a technology that remains broadly unregulated at the federal level.

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