02/03/2020. The World Economic Forum (WEF) has published its white paper on the responsible limits of using facial recognition technology. It seeks to address the need for a set of concrete guidelines to ensure the reliable and safe use of this technology. This framework enables governments to protect citizens from the various harms that can be caused by facial recognition technology and, at the same time, to support applications that are beneficial. It also allows industry players to demonstrate that they have implemented robust risk mitigation processes through an independent audit of their systems.

– The White Paper sets out the basis that should be applied for the safe and ethical use of this technology. It is mainly broken down into four headings: the definition of the responsible use of facial recognition, establishing “best practices” for those responsible, assessing the extent to which the system design is a responsible design and validating the regulatory compliance of individuals through a “trusted third party” (“Validate compliance with the principle for action through the design of an audit framework by a trusted third party”). Page 5).

– The WEF encourages organisations using this type of tool to implement measures, already known in the field of personal data protection, such as carrying out impact assessments and designing security systems. As well as establishing a process to inform stakeholders about the use of facial recognition systems. Including the right of access of data subjects to their biometric data.

– The need for organisations to ensure that they obtain valid consent from data subjects when processing their biometric data (free, specific, informed, affirmative and unambiguous) is emphasised.

– It also establishes an evaluation questionnaire describing which rules will have to be respected, in each specific use, to ensure regulatory compliance.

The WEF indicates that the next step in facial recognition will be to assess the applicability, relevance and revision of the proposed regulatory framework.

Link to the document: http://www3.weforum.org/docs/WEF_Framework_for_action_Facial_recognition_2020.pdf

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