Issues & Policy Priorities



Video: It’s Time to Act on School Security

To stress the importance of investing in K-12 school safety, SIA produced a video with partners from the Partner Alliance for Safer Schools and from Safe and Sound Schools. Learn why it’s time to act.

SIA is actively tracking a wide range of issues for our members. Pressing topics include border security, preventing vehicular terrorism, artificial intelligence and school safety.

Airport Security

Safe and secure air travel is the expectation of every passenger, and it is critical that airports are able to update security strategies in response to evolving threats.

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Artificial Intelligence (AI)

The Trump administration and Congress have recognized the significance of AI and machine learning across many sectors by creating working groups such as the White House Select Committee on AI and the Congressional AI Caucus to learn how the federal government can foster, and not stifle, development and use of these technologies.

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Body-Worn Cameras

SIA supports efforts to provide assistance to law enforcement agencies for the implementation of body-worn camera systems. Learn more about this timely issue.

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Border Security

SIA supports ensuring that any legislation seeking to improve security at U.S. borders provides for the deployment of modern security technology to its full potential in conjunction with other measures and in a manner that is most cost effective and beneficial for U.S. taxpayers.

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The security industry fulfills a crucial role in cybersecurity and national security by providing systems that manage credentials for federal workers and contractors and control access to federal facilities and computer networks.

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Facial Recognition

For many years, use of advanced facial recognition technology has benefited Americans in countless but underpublicized ways – helping to find missing children, fight human trafficking, find dangerous criminals, bring sexual predators to justice and thwart identity thieves. Clearly, the benefits of facial recognition technology vastly outweigh the risks.

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Fair & Open Trade

SIA has a deep and increasing concern with the direction of U.S. trade policy due to the willingness of the current administration to use tariffs as a major policy tool in disputes with our trading partners, and the negative economic effects that could result from escalating tariffs.

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Patent Reform

SIA supports legislation that cracks down on abuses by patent trolls, which thwart technological innovation and cost manufacturers millions of dollars each year.

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Preventing Vehicular Terrorism

Unfortunately, public areas and places where crowds gather have become targets for vehicular attacks around the world, and recently in the U.S.  The strategic placement of security barriers and other systems in key locations is critical to protecting the public but requires significant security and engineering expertise to deploy effectively.

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School Safety

SIA is committed to promoting safe and secure learning environments for our children, where security technology is a vital component.

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Technology Workforce Development

SIA is engaged in efforts to grow the security talent pipeline by working with community colleges, creating outreach programs for students and young professionals and providing information about security industry careers – which are increasingly IT centric as the information technology and security disciplines converge.

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SIA advocates that the federal government should play a key role in fostering investment in the communications infrastructure that supports the Internet of Things and collaboration between the public and private sectors to eliminate barriers to deployment.

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Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) and Counter-UAS

Autonomous robotics are increasingly relied upon for smarter security by complementing – not replacing – traditional security practitioners, guards and other personnel and systems.

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Get Involved in SIA Government Relations

Our active committees help SIA members like you shape public policy and be the first to know about regulations and legislation that could impact your business.

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SIA Weighs In on Biometrics and Facial Recognition Legislation

The Security Industry Association (SIA) has kicked off the 2021 legislative cycle by testifying at public hearings on biometric and facial recognition technologies in three states and the city of Minneapolis, Minnesota. SIA supports safeguards ensuring responsible use and sensible privacy protections, while rejecting blanket bans or unbalanced restrictions of these technologies. Introduced in the…

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Security Policy Brief: What BIPA-Style Legislation Means for the Security Industry

In this video, learn about BIPA laws and how SIA is engaging on behalf of members on this issue. Biometric Information Protection Acts, or BIPA-style legislation, mandate written consent and notice requirements for private entities, including individuals, who use products that include biometric information, such as an individual’s retina, iris, face or fingerprints. The Security…

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Looking for Guidance on Facial Recognition Policies & Deployment? Check Out These New Resources From ALEC & BSIA

The Security Industry Association (SIA) believes all technology products, including facial recognition, must only be used for purposes that are lawful, ethical and nondiscriminatory. As demonstrated throughout its 30+-year history of development, facial recognition technology offers tremendous benefits to society when used effectively and responsibly. Industry has a duty to ensure that advanced technologies, particularly those enabled…

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SIA Joins Tech, Business Groups to Encourage Federal Investment in IT Modernization

As Congress and the Biden administration continue to negotiate the final terms of another COVID-19 aid package, SIA partnered with tech and business trade associations led by the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) to urge Congress to provide $9 billion for the Technology Modernization Fund (TMF). SIA supported the initial authorization of TMF, which allows…

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