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May 31, 2022

ABA ROLI and the Japan Federation of Bar Associations Coordinated a Joint-dialogue about Facial Recognition Technology

On February 24, 2022, the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) and the Committee on International Human Rights and the Committee on Information Issues of the Japan Federation of Bar Associations (JFBA) coordinated a bilateral dialogue titled “Regulating Facial Recognition Technology” to address how emerging digitalized biometric systems, such as facial recognition technologies, are being (or should be) legally limited and regulated. This dialogue explored the potential and the challenges posed by emerging artificial intelligence, automation, and robotic technologies and their intersections with the law. Specifically, the session highlighted public and private sector uses of facial recognition technologies, their implications for individual privacy and human rights, and the role of governance and legal frameworks in addressing these issues. 

The session, which was attended by 25 participants mainly from Japan and across Asia, included an overview of the current uses of biometric technology and its implications by Tadaaki Muto, Vice-Chairperson of the Committee on Information, JFBA, and Renee Dopplick, ABA Representatives and Observers to the UN, followed by Anna Gressel, Hayley Tsukayama, Ameen Jauhar, and Jai Vipra providing a deeper dive into challenges and risks posed by facial recognition technologies and regulation in different jurisdictions including the US, Japan, India, and China.  

Recommendations for bar associations to effectively respond to these challenges while still protecting the rule of law can be found in this Action Report