Sen. John "Jay" Rockefeller (D-WV), chairman of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee has requested a report from the Federal Trade Committee (FTC) outlining the security implications of facial recognition technology, reports Nextgov. Social networking and law enforcement organizations are increasingly using the technology, with the FBI expected to launch a nationwide service for authorities by January 2012. Rockefeller wrote in his letter that while considering future privacy legislation, the committee "will need to understand the capabilities of this technology, as well as the privacy and security concerns raised by their development." The FTC will hold a workshop on December 8 to discuss issues such as prior consent and possible benefits; it will then report to back to Rockefeller's committee.
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