Nine privacy advocates on Monday resigned in protest from a year-long attempt to develop a code of conduct for the use of facial recognition technology, citing a failure to agree on \u0022basic, specific\u0022 safeguards with industry lobbyists.\u0022At a base minimum, people should be able to walk down a public street without fear that companies they\u0026#039;ve never heard of are tracking their every movement—and identifying them by name—using facial recognition technology,\u0022 the privacy advocates wrote in a joint statement (pdf). \u0022Unfortunately, we were unable to obtain agreement even with that basic, specific premise.\u0022The U.S. Commerce Department\u0026#039;s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) brought together a panel of security experts and lobbyists in February 2014 to develop a voluntary code of conduct \u0022that specifies how the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights applies to facial recognition technology in the commercial context.\u0022But over the course of 16 months, the nine privacy advocates—who include representatives from the ACLU, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Center for Democracy and Technology, and the Consumer Federation of America, among other groups—came to believe that the NTIA process was unlikely to \u0022yield a set of privacy rules that offers adequate protections for the use of facial recognition technology.\u0022We Interrupt This Article with an Urgent Message!Common Dreams is a not-for-profit news service. All of our content is free to you - no subscriptions; no ads. We are funded by donations from our readers. This media model only works if enough readers pitch in. We have millions of readers every month and, it seems, too many take our survival for granted. It isn\u0026#039;t. Our critical Mid-Year fundraiser is going very slow - only 598 readers have contributed a total of $23,000 so far. We must raise $27,000 more before we can end this fundraising campaign and get back to focusing on what we do best. If you support Common Dreams and you want us to survive, we need you.Please make a tax-deductible gift to our Mid-Year Fundraiser now! \u0022In recent NTIA meetings...industry stakeholders were unable to agree on any concrete scenario where companies should employ facial recognition only with a consumer\u0026#039;s permission,\u0022 their statement reads. \u0022The 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.\u0022Alvaro 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 \u0022should be a wake-up call to Americans: Industry lobbyists are choking off Washington\u0026#039;s ability to protect consumer privacy.\u0022Read more at The Intercept.