Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., is calling on Congress to mandate federal agencies’ implementation ofÂ âclear ethical guidelinesâ for using biometric technologies to ensure that constitutional rights are protected, Nextgov reported Wednesday.
He also recommended that Congress establish a task force comprised of industry and academic professionals to inform the development of standards aimed at ensuring that biometric systems are not used with discriminatory intent or for profiling activities. In addition, KhannaÂ said the government should terminate the use of biometricÂ technologies that âhave a disparate impactâ on race, gender or religion until the ethical guidelines are implemented.
âI think there should be a federal standard,â he noted. âBut it has to be a thoughtful one. And it canât just be a reflexive standard that doesnât have sufficient input.â
Khannaâs comments come after Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., urged the Transportation Security Administration to stop its pilot facial recognition program until formal regulations are implemented.