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The Legality of Facial Recognition & Implications in Racial Bias

Level: Advanced
Runtime: 62 minutes
Recorded Date: October 06, 2021
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  • What is Facial Recognition Technology?
  • Laws that Protect Individuals against us of FRT?
  • What are the challenges?
  • Q & A
Runtime: 1 hour, 2 minutes
Recorded: October 6, 2021

For NY - Difficulty: Experienced Attorneys Only (Non-Transitional)


Facial recognition is used by law enforcement surveillance, airport passenger screening, and employment and housing decisions. Despite widespread adoption, face recognition was recently banned for use by police and local agencies in several cities, including large cities after whistleblowers uncovered inherent bias within these algorithms.

Our experts in this fascinating session will discuss the implications of this embedded bias, how they uncovered it, and the ethics behind the use of this technology.

This program was recorded as part of Corporate Counsel's Women, Influence, and Power in Law Conference held on October 6th, 2021.

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Clare Garvie

Senior Associate, Privacy & Technology
Georgetown University Law Center

Clare Garvie is a senior associate with the Center on Privacy & Technology at Georgetown Law. She was lead author on a number of the Center’s reports on face recognition, including: The Perpetual Line-Up: Unregulated Police Face Recognition in America, Garbage In, Garbage Out: Face Recognition on Flawed Data and America Under Watch: Face Surveillance in the United States. In 2019 she testified before the House Oversight Committee about police use of face recognition. Her commentary has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal, and she serves as an expert resource to both Democrats and Republicans in Congress and state legislatures.

Clare received her J.D. from Georgetown Law and her B.A. from Barnard College in political science, human rights, and psychology.

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Casiya Thaniel

Associate General Counsel

Casiya Thaniel is a senior attorney at Microsoft providing legal support to clients responsible for enterprise customers in the $2 Billion - U.S. Financial Services Industry. Casiya negotiates complex cloud technology deals and assists the U.S. Commercial business team drive revenue by hosting technology events and speaking regularly on digital transformation, artificial intelligence, privacy, cyber security, and the importance of cloud literacy. In her prior role, she supported Xbox and PC products for large U.S. retailers, where she primarily focused on marketing, sales, and antitrust concerns.

Casiya holds a B.B.A. from Howard University, Master’s Certificate in Commercial Contract Management from George Washington University/ESI International and a J.D. from North Carolina Central University. She is a Certified Information Privacy Professional-U.S. and an alum of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity. Casiya is on the board of trustees for the Holy Trinity Day School in Maryland and the Executive Committee of the National Bar Association – Commercial Law Section.

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Tamra Moore

Corporate Counsel, Litigation
Northrop Grumman Corporation

Tamra Moore is Corporate Counsel, Litigation at Northrop Grumman Corporation. Before joining Northrop Grumman, Tamra was Senior Counsel in the Department of Justice’s Civil Division, Federal Programs Branch, where she represented federal agencies, Cabinet members, and other government officials.

Earlier in her career, she was a litigation associate at two international law firms. She also served as a law clerk to a federal district court judge and federal appeals court judge. Tamra earned a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University and a Juris Doctor from Boston College Law School.

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