Senate Bill Calls For Consent Before Commercial Face Scans

Law360 (March 15, 2019, 8:40 PM EDT) -- Microsoft Corp. is among the backers of a recently announced bipartisan bill that would require companies to get user consent before processing facial recognition data or sharing it with third parties.

Sens. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, and Roy Blunt, R-Mo., on Thursday introduced the Commercial Facial Recognition Privacy Act, calling for unprecedented oversight of a technology that has sparked concern among civil rights advocates. The law would require commercial entities to notify users and gain affirmative consent before collecting their facial data and sharing it with "unaffiliated third parties."

The legislation also calls for third parties and human reviewers to test any...

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