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FTC’s Strong Rite Aid Enforcement Order Is a Warning to Companies Using Biometric AI Systems

In December, the Federal Trade Commission announced a settlement with Rite Aid over the pharmacy’s discriminatory use of facial recognition technology in its stores. Between 2012 and 2020, Rite Aid deployed facial recognition surveillance systems to identify individuals who may be shoplifting—yet did so without assessing the accuracy or bias of the technology. Rite Aid also used facial recognition technology disproportionately in stores in plurality non-white neighborhoods.

February 15, 2024 Ben Winters, Senior Counsel
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IAPP Global Privacy Summit 2024

EPIC Deputy Director Caitriona Fitzgerald will be speaking at IAPP’s Global Privacy Summit 2024 on April 3rd.

3 Apr. 12:45 PM EDT

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The State of Privacy: How State “Privacy” Laws Fail to Protect Privacy and What They Can Do Better

In this report, EPIC and U.S. PIRG Education Fund have come together to shed light on the alarming trend of poor state privacy laws, why these issues affect us all, and what we can do to change course.

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