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Tech Trade Groups Oppose Facial Recognition Ban

Currently, no rules exist on how governments can or cannot utilize facial recognition

A coalition of tech companies and trade groups is urging Congress not to pass legislation that would ban government use of facial recognition.

Why it matters: As of now there are no national rules on how governments can or can't use face recognition. Consumer groups have been calling for such a ban, while Microsoft and Amazon have encouraged Congress to regulate, but not ban, government use of the technology.

Details: Dozens of companies, trade groups and a number of individuals signed an open letter to Congress that was just made public. Among the trade groups are TechNet, CompTIA, the Consumer Technology Association and the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. Companies that signed include chip designer Arm, security company HID Global and NEC Corp. of America.

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