Last year’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA)-initiated and stakeholder-driven code on mobile app transparency was a success, most participants would tell you. But the NTIA’s latest effort on facial recognition technology faces a different hurdle: Can a voluntary code of conduct be developed on technology so nascent and nuanced that its current and future applications aren’t fully understood? That was the crux of the debate at yesterday’s NTIA meeting on facial recognition technology, at which stakeholders from tech, industry, advocacy and government heard from technical experts, examined “what-if” scenarios and debated whether the time is right to start developing binding language. The IAPP’s Angelique Carson, CIPP/US, reports.
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