SIIA applauds the U.S. Department of Commerce National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s (NTIA) announcement today that it will convene a second round of multistakeholder discussions to develop a voluntary privacy code of conduct for the use of facial recognition technology.
SIIA concurs with the Department of Commerce that the appropriate approach for data privacy protection is voluntary, enforceable codes of conduct that provide more flexibility for rapidly evolving technology than legislation or regulation can achieve. In establishing this second multistakeholder initiative, NTIA was wise to again focus on a definable area where stakeholders have already begun to collaborate on best practices.
This process will combine a wide range of stakeholders, enabling NTIA to draw on a wealth of expertise in a collaborative process that can contribute significantly to the mutual recognition of data privacy regimes, including the European Union proposed data protection regulations.
SIIA was a leading participant in NTIA’s first set of multistakeholder discussions on mobile transparency, and we look forward to actively participating in a similar process to develop a code surrounding the use of facial recognition technologies.
Ken Wasch is President of SIIA. Follow the SIIA Public Policy team on twitter at @SIIAPolicy.