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“In recent NTIA meetings…industry stakeholders were unable to agree on any concrete scenario where companies should employ facial recognition only with a consumer’s permission,” their statement reads. “The position that companies never need to ask permission to use biometric identification is at odds with consumer expectations, current industry practices, as well as existing state law.”

Alvaro Bedoya, executive director of the Center for Privacy and Technology at Georgetown Law School and one of the nine privacy advocates, said in a statement that the mass resignation “should be a wake-up call to Americans: Industry lobbyists are choking off Washington’s ability to protect consumer privacy.”

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