Franken Targets Facebook In Push For Facial ID Protections

Law360, New York (July 18, 2012, 10:01 PM EDT) -- Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., at a Senate hearing Wednesday criticized Facebook Inc. for failing to make its current facial recognition features optional by default, leading him to suggest that legislation rather than industry best practices may be necessary to regulate this emerging technology.

During a hearing to explore the privacy and civil liberties implications of facial recognition technology, Franken grilled representatives from the private and public sectors — including Facebook Privacy and Public Policy Manager Rob Sherman, FTC Associate Director Maneesha Mithal and FBI Deputy Assistant...
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