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In May 2019, a congressional hearing took place in the US in which Republican and Democratic leaders discussed growing concerns over the use of facial recognition software by law enforcement. Both parties agreed it is time to review the technology and potentially draft legislation to regulate it.


  • Facial recognition tools are no longer in the nascent stage and, with facial recognition's ubiquity becoming increasingly apparent, 2019 is likely to be the year that regulators and governments around the world begin to address privacy and data processing concerns, bias problems, and technical flaws in earnest.

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  • Identifies the approaches to regulating facial recognition technology in the US.
  • Identifies the approaches to regulating facial recognition technology in the EU.

Key questions answered

  • How should we be regulating facial recognition technology?
  • What existing regulation is applicable to facial recognition technology?

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  • Summary
  • Facial recognition technology can be easily misused and must face stricter regulation
  • How should we regulate facial recognition technology?
  • While there is no federal law in the US to regulate the collection of biometric data, there are some state-level laws in place
  • Within EU law, biometric information is among the "special categories" of personal data prohibited from being processed


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