SIA Submits Comments on Facial Recognition Technology

Security Industry Association (SIA)

SIA Submits Comments on Facial Recognition Technology
Speaks to benefits of technology and privacy concerns

Alexandria, VA –The Security Industry Association (SIA) submitted comments to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) this week, in response to the FTC’s call for comments regarding facial recognition technology. The call for comments came after the FTC held a forum on facial recognition late last year.

Several of SIA’s member companies are involved with the development of facial recognition technology, and the association takes the issue of privacy very seriously. In 2011 SIA developed the Security Industry Association Privacy Framework, which can be found on the on the SIA website under “Letters and Issue Papers” on the SIA Government Relations page. This framework serves as a privacy guideline for manufacturers, integrators, and distributors of electronic security technologies.

In the comments to the FTC, SIA addressed when privacy could be a concern with facial recognition and when such concerns could be less relevant. SIA also spoke to the many benefits of facial recognition technology not only to commercial enterprises but more importantly, public safety.

For additional background on the issue of facial recognition, please see the FTC’s broadcast of the forum at

About the Security Industry Association (SIA)

The Security Industry Association (SIA) ( is the leading trade association for electronic and physical security solution providers. SIA protects and advances its members’ interests by advocating pro-industry policies and legislation at the federal and state levels; creating open industry standards that enable integration; advancing industry professionalism through education and training; opening global market opportunities, and fostering collaboration with other like-minded organizations. As a proud sponsor of ISC Expos and Conferences, and owner of the Securing New Ground Conference, SIA ensures its members have access to top-level buyers and influencers, as well as unparalleled learning and networking opportunities.