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GAO Report: Facial Recognition Technology Implicates Consumer Privacy, But Remains Unregulated

The Government Accountability Office has published a report on commercial use of facial recognition technology. The GAO compiled the report at the request of Senator Al Franken, who objected to use of the technology by Facebook and Google. The GAO surveyed companies, federal agencies, and NGOS, including EPIC. The report explains the technology's privacy risks, but also reports that no laws or guidelines currently regulate facial recognition technology. The GAO also reports that the "extent of [the technology's] current use in commercial settings is not fully known." EPIC has frequently advocated for face recognition privacy laws.

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