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Committee to Hold Third Hearing on Use of Facial Recognition Technology

Jan 13, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. (Jan. 13, 2020)—On Wednesday, January 15, 2020, Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, the Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, will hold the Committee’s third hearing this Congress focused on facial recognition technology.  This hearing will examine the sale and use of commercial facial recognition technology by private industry, civilians, and government entities.

WHERE:  2154 Rayburn House Office Building

WHEN:  Wednesday, January 15, 2020

TIME:  10:00 a.m.

A livestream will broadcast here

PURPOSE

The purpose of the hearing is to examine the various ways that private sector entities use facial recognition technology; the potential transparency, privacy, accuracy, ownership, and security implications involved in its use and the partnerships these companies develop with government entities; and the possible legislative solutions that can be implemented to avoid these risks. 

BACKGROUND

  • Although facial recognition technology is widely used, it is not ready for prime time due to security, privacy, and accuracy concerns.
  • The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) issued a new report in December analyzing commercial vendors of facial recognition systems.  This report found:  “Across demographics, false positives rates often vary by factors of 10 to beyond 100 times.”
  • Nevertheless, facial recognition technology is being used increasingly in home security systems, social media sites, shopping malls, and elsewhere for advertising, security, access, photo and video data identification, and accessibility.
  • On May 22, 2019, the Committee held its first hearing this Congress on facial recognition technology.  The hearing provided a broad overview on how the use of facial recognition technology can impact the civil rights and liberties of individuals across the country.
  • On June 4, 2019, the Committee held its second hearing to examine the use of facial recognition technology by federal law enforcement entities and the need for oversight and regulation of how this technology is used on civilians.

WITNESSES

Brenda Leong
Senior Counsel and Director of AI and Ethics
Future of Privacy Forum

Dr. Charles Romine
Director, Information Technology Laboratory
National Institute of Standards and Technology

Meredith Whittaker
Co-Founder and Co-Director, AI Now Institute
New York University

Daniel Castro
Vice President and Director of Center for Data Innovation
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation

Jake Parker
Senior Director of Government Relations
Security Industry Association (SIA)

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116th Congress