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NSA fear raises concerns over DHS facial recognition technology

Antone Gonsalves | Aug. 26, 2013
Without civil rights protection built in, DHS may not be able to avoid the privacy violations of the NSA, advocates say.

Jody Westby, chairwoman for the American Bar Association's Privacy and Computer Crime Committee, said,"It's the legal framework that's lagging behind."Ã'Â

The Federal Trade Commission's Fair Information Practice Principles could serve as a starting point for BOSS. While the guidelines are meant to protect consumer information from being abused by companies, there are several items that could serve a broader purpose, critics say.

Examples include giving people the right to access images and other information kept on them, so they can argue for its removal if they are innocent of any wrongdoing. In addition, data no longer useful should be purged, and mechanisms for guaranteeing accuracy should be in place, privacy advocates say.

Finally, an oversight body with authority over the use of the system should be in place to ensure established rules and restrictions are followed.


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