• On July 18, 2012, the FTC testified before the Senate Privacy Subcommittee regarding the privacy and security implications of current and future commercial uses of facial recognition technologies. Maneesha Mithal, Associate Director of the FTC Division of Privacy and Identity Protection, testified that facial recognition technology has benefits for consumers, “there are also concerns that the technologies may increase the risks to consumer privacy.” Mithal also stated that the FTC will make recommendations later in 2012 regarding best practices for companies that use facial recognition technology. These recommendations will build on comments from the FTC’s recent workshop on facial recognition technology, and on the three core principles from the agency’s March 2012 Privacy Report: privacy by design; simplified consumer choice; and transparency. More information regarding the FTC’s testimony and recommendations is available here.
  • The FTC will host a “Robocall Summit” on October 18, 2012, in Washington, DC. The purpose of the summit will be to examine issues surrounding illegal pre-recorded robocalls. It will also highlight industry innovations that could potentially be used to trace robocalls and prevent illegal robocallers from faking caller ID data. The Robocall Summit will be open to the public, and will include members of law enforcement, the telemarketing and telecommunications industry, consumer groups, as well as other stakeholders. More information about the FTC’s recent efforts related to robocall issues and the Robocall Summit is available here.