A new Senate bill would ban corporations from using facial recognition without people's explicit consent
- A new bill in the Senate would curtail the use of
facial recognitionby private companies, requiring them to obtain people's consent before scanning them with facial recognition tech.
- It would also ban companies from selling people's biometric identifiers, like face ID or fingerprint.
- If passed, the bill would wipe out much of the business of controversial facial recognition companies like
A new bill introduced in the Senate Tuesday would heavily curtail the use of facial recognition technology by individuals and private companies, and would ban them from selling biometric data, including pictures of people identified by facial recognition.
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"We can't let companies scoop up or profit from people's faces and fingerprints without their consent," Merkley said 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."The bill's introduction comes after a Reuters investigation revealed that Rite Aid had been using facial recognition cameras in hundreds of US stores without notifying customers. Rite Aid discontinued the practice following Reuters' reporting last month.
A similar law has been passed in Illinois that bans the use of private facial recognition without permission.
"Right now in most states in the US, it would be totally legal for a big box store to set up surveillance cameras, scan the faces of everyone entering the store and compare them to a public mugshot database," Fight for the Future Deputy Director Evan Greer told Business Insider. "If this legislation passes, that sort of creepy corporate surveillance would be impossible."
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