Nearly two years into talks on developing a voluntary code of conduct for the commercial use of facial-recognition technology, several privacy advocacy groups have walked out in protest, The New York Times reports. “At a base minimum, people should be able to walk down a public street without fear that companies they’ve never heard of are tracking their every movement—and identifying them by name—using facial-recognition technology,” the groups wrote in a joint statement. “Unfortunately, we have been unable to obtain agreement even with that basic, specific premise.” The National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s Juliana Gruenwald said the agency was disappointed in the departure, but added it “will continue to facilitate meetings on this topic for those stakeholders who want to participate.” Editor’s Note: Angelique Carson, CIPP/US, has been reporting on this process for The Privacy Advisor. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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