'Consumer Groups Back Out of Federal Talks on Face Recognition' by NATASHA SINGER in The New York Times

"A central component of President Obama’s effort to give consumers more control over how companies collect and share their most sensitive personal details has run aground.

Nine civil liberties and consumer advocate groups announced early Tuesday morning that they were withdrawing from talks with trade associations over how to write guidelines for the fair commercial use of face recognition technology for consumers.

In the last 16 months, the two sides had been meeting periodically under the auspices of the National Telecommunications & Information Administration, a division of the Commerce Department. But the privacy advocates said they were giving up on talks because they could not achieve what they consider minimum rights for consumers — the idea that companies should seek and obtain permission before employing face recognition to identify individual people on the street."

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