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Face Recognition Policy Development Template for State, Local, and Tribal Criminal Intelligence and Investigative Activities

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Date Published
December 2017
83 pages
This policy-development template was developed by state, local, and federal law enforcement, privacy, and criminal justice partners to provide public-safety agencies with a framework for developing face-recognition policies that comply with applicable laws, reduce privacy risks, implement minimum required training for authorized users and examiners, and establish entity accountability and oversight.
Currently, there is no uniform set of rules in the United States that governs the gathering, collection, use, sharing, and dissemination of information available through face-recognition tools. The potential for misuse of face-recognition information may expose agencies participating in such systems to civil liability and negative public perceptions. Strong control and oversight of face-recognition use are critical considerations in policy development and program implementation. They improve mission effectiveness and safeguard the privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties of individuals. This template contains the following components: 1) purpose statement, 2) policy applicability and legal compliance, 3) governance and oversight, 4) definitions, 5) acquiring and receiving face-recognition information, 6) the use of face-recognition information, 7) sharing and disseminating face-recognition information, 8) data quality assurance, 9) disclosure requests, 10) redress, 11) security and maintenance, 12) information retention and purging, 13) accountability and enforcement, and 14) training. Appendixes contain a glossary of terms and definitions, fair information practice principles, a listing of federal laws, and sample face-recognition policy.