FTC Offers Facial Recognition Guidelines

Don't expect the government to take its own pointers too seriously


Facial recognition isn't just science fiction anymore, and that's causing the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to issue some usage guidelines to protect the privacy of consumers.

The FTC has some pretty obvious recommendations -- like not putting facial recognition-equipped digital signs in bathrooms or where children gather. But it also makes some good points, such as how to provide consumers with simplified choices and increase the transparency of the data collection.