SIA Testimony on Facial Recognition Technology: Ensuring Commercial Transparency and Accuracy

cover of SIA's written testimony

On Jan. 15, 2020, the Security Industry Association (SIA) joined the Future of Privacy Forum, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the AI Now Institute at New York University and the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation to testify before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform at the hearing Facial Recognition Technology (Part III): Ensuring Commercial Transparency & Accuracy. This hearing examined 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.

Jake Parker, senior director of government relations at SIA, represented the association before the committee, discussing the importance of using facial recognition responsibly, beneficial applications of facial recognition in commercial and private-sector environments, the importance of transparency when applying facial recognition, how the industry is creating use principles, the takeaways of NIST’s recent report on the technology and the accuracy of facial recognition.