ARLINGTON, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The following statement is attributed to Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, Consumer Technology Association (CTA), regarding the Department of Homeland Security’s ban of large electronics on flights incoming to the U.S.:
“We recognize and support the government’s priority to protect American lives, especially in response to a specific terrorist threat. Any policy that detrimentally affects consumers must balance legitimate national security concerns with our personal rights and fundamental freedoms.
“Embracing, rather than restricting, consumer technology may be a better solution. For example, sensing devices can ‘smell’ explosives. And biometrics and facial recognition technology can ‘read’ eye and body movements to better decipher a person's intent and emotions.
“Consumers are ready for this technology – a CTA study found most U.S. adults are comfortable with biometrics used in locations believed to already have a high degree of security screening, such as airports and national borders.
“Layering these biometric and sensor innovations with predictive analytics offers more targeted and acceptable protections against terror threats than a comprehensive ban. Also, big data can correlate potential terrorist activity with geographic and personality-based information. Technology is critical to keeping us safe.
“That said, we are eager to learn more about the government’s next steps – including the details about enhanced security procedures – and continue to work together to keep air passengers safe. The national discussion on balancing personal freedoms and successful security measures must continue.”
About Consumer Technology Association:
Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™ is the trade association representing the $292 billion U.S. consumer technology industry, which supports more than 15 million U.S. jobs. More than 2,200 companies – 80 percent are small businesses and startups; others are among the world’s best known brands – enjoy the benefits of CTA membership including policy advocacy, market research, technical education, industry promotion, standards development and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. CTA also owns and produces CES® – the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. Profits from CES are reinvested into CTA’s industry services.
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