The following is a statement by Dr. Krisztina Pusok, Director of Research and Public Policy, regarding the Senate Bill 2878, also cited as the Facial Recognition Technology Warrant Act of 2019:

”The American Consumer Institute applauds the introduction of the Facial Recognition Technology Warrant Act of 2019 (S. 2878) sponsored by Senator Lee and Senator Coons. This is a much needed legislation that puts clear guidelines on the federal use of facial recognition technology to minimize potentially abusive applications and protect American consumers without unnecessarily impeding the advancement of this critical technology in areas where it shows real potential. Commercial applications of facial recognition technology could dramatically improve lives around the world and a ban would be a disservice to the public. The Facial Recognition Technology Warrant Act is an important first step in preserving public safety by preventing abuse by government entities.”