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Congress Is Eyeing Face Recognition, and Companies Want a Say

The lobbying surge coincides with the spread of local and state bans and restrictions on face recognition across the US, from Portland, Oregon, to Portland, Maine. Despite the sharp divisions and low productivity of Congress during the past four years, there’s bipartisan interest in restricting the technology in some way.

Several bills were introduced in both the Senate and House by lawmakers from both sides of the aisle in the past two years, including a recent Democratic proposal to halt federal use of the technology. Lobbying filings don’t reveal companies’ specific policy desires, but Amazon, Microsoft, and IBM have spoken in favor of restricting rather than banning the technology.

Source: Congress Is Eyeing Face Recognition, and Companies Want a Say | WIRED

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