Security Industry Association releases policy principles to be followed in the use of facial recognition technology

The Security Industry Association (SIA), the globally renowned trade association representing security solutions providers, has released its new policy principles guiding the development and deployment of facial recognition technology. SIA believes all technology products, including facial recognition, must only be used for purposes that are lawful, ethical and non-discriminatory.

“SIA recognises that some community leaders have expressed deeply-held views calling for the end of facial recognition technology use by law enforcement and the private sector. We respectfully but firmly disagree. Facial recognition technology offers tremendous benefits to society when used effectively and responsibly and with appropriate safeguards,” said SIA Chief Executive Officer Don Erickson. He adds, “We invite all stakeholders to review these well-thought-out principles and engage with us in meaningful discussions leading to common-sense approaches to how this technology is used.”

SIA has committed to the following principles to be used in the development and deployment of facial recognition technology. SIA believes that these principles should apply to implementation of facial recognition tools across safety and security applications, in both public- and private-sector settings, and that they should be reflected in development of any organisational or public policies addressing these uses of the technology.

SIA’s core principles include:
Ensuring transparency surrounding the use of facial recognition
Establishing a clear and defined purpose for the use of facial recognition by organisations
Using high-performing and accurate technology
Incorporating human oversight and review
Protecting data security
Ensuring privacy by design
Training and educating users of technology
Improving or eliminating biased or discriminatory software
Maintaining ethical acquisition of facial recognition technology

These core policy principles were developed by and with input from many SIA members, including members of the SIA Facial Recognition Working Group, the SIA Data Privacy Advisory Board and the SIA Executive Committee. In addition to these core principles, the new document includes guidelines around the use of facial recognition technology by law enforcement and the public and private sectors. SIA looks forward to continuing to lead industry around the lawful, ethical and non-discriminatory use of facial recognition technology.