“The European Commission has revealed it is considering a ban on the use of facial recognition in public areas for up to five years.

Regulators want time to work out how to prevent the technology being abused. The technology allows faces captured on CCTV to be checked in real time against watch lists, often compiled

The Facial Recognition Technology Warrant Act, introduced by Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) would be the first federal restriction on law enforcement’s use of the technology, reports Sara Merken for Bloomberg Law.

“The bill…would require a court order based on probable cause before law enforcement could use facial recognition tools to conduct persistent tracking of a

The French Data Protection Authority,  CNIL, has prohibited the use of facial recognition to control entry into a school as disproportionate saying that alternative less intrusive means are available, such as badge control.

Key takeaways:

  • Processing of biometric data is of particular sensitivity, justifying enhanced protection of individuals.
  • Facial recognition devices are particularly intrusive and

According to the NewEurope newspaper, “Sweden’s data protection authority has approved the use of facial recognition technology by the police, to help identify criminal suspects.”

“The new application of facial biometric screening will allow Swedish police to compare facial images from closed-circuit TV footage to an existing biometric database of over 40,000 pictures.”

“According to

The UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office has issued an opinion on the use of Live Facial Recognition technology by law enforcement.

Key takeaways:

  • The use of Live Facial Recognition (LFR) involves processing of personal data and therefore data protection law applies.
  • The use of LFR for law enforcement purposes constitutes “sensitive processing.”  As such, a Data

New York City lawmakers have proposed three bills that would regulate the use of facial-recognition software by business owners and landlords, The Wall Street Journal reports.

If passed, landlords and business owners would be required to:

  • register the technology with a public database
  • post signage stating the tech is being used

Landlords would also have

School Fined for Using Facial Recognition Technology to Take Attendance

The Swedish data protection authority fined a school SEK 200,000 (approximately 19,000 EUR) for using facial recognition technology to take attendance.

Key takeaways:

  • Biometric information is sensitive and special care must be taken when processing it.
  • Attendance can be taken by less invasive means.
  • Consent

“A loose coalition of privacy-minded digital rights groups and policymakers is crafting a strategy to rein in facial recognition technology in cities across the country. ”

“Three cities thus far have banned government use of the technology: San Francisco, Somerville, a suburb of Boston, and now Oakland. Using facial recognition bans in those cities as