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USA: ITI releases recommendations on biometric technology and AI

The Information Technology Industry Council ('ITI') announced, on 18 January 2022, that it had released a series of recommendations addressed to the U.S. Government, and in particular, to the U.S. Office of Science and Technology Policy ('OSTP') regarding the use of artificial intelligence ('AI') and biometric technologies, elaborating on governance programs and practices that may be useful for the OSTP to consider in the context of biometric technologies, including with regard to performance auditing and post-deployment impact assessment.

In particular, the ITI recommended the OSTP to, among other things: 

  • focus on specific, high-risk uses of AI-enabled biometric technologies, rather than on the technologies themselves;
  • take care to disentangle and separate any future policy measures related to biometric technologies from existing governance frameworks and best practices, focusing on gaps that are not addressed elsewhere; and
  • continue to engage with stakeholders in developing any future policy response on AI-enabled biometric technologies, especially with developers, designers, and deployers of AI technology.

You can read the press release here and the recommendations here