Expert Witnesses Warn Action Needed on Use of Facial Recognition Technology at Third Hearing

Jan 15, 2020
Press Release
Chairwoman Maloney Commits to Marking-up Common-Sense Facial Recognition Legislation

Washington, D.C. (Jan. 15, 2020)—Today, Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, held a hearing entitled, “Facial Recognition Technology (Part III): Ensuring Commercial Transparency & Accuracy.”


  • Witnesses testified that due to security, privacy, and accuracy concerns facial recognition technology, while widely used, is not ready for prime time.
  • Witnesses testified that the findings of a recently-released National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) report, which stated that commercial facial recognition algorithms misidentified racial minorities, women, children, and elderly individuals at substantially higher rates, can have harmful implications for these populations.
  • Chairwoman Maloney committed to introducing and marking-up common-sense facial recognition legislation in the near future.


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)


Watch Chairwoman Maloney’s opening statement.

Watch Chairwoman Maloney’s question line.

Watch Rep. Lawrence’s question line.

Watch Rep. Haaland’s question line.

Watch Rep. Pressley’s question line.


116th Congress