A US police force is running suspect sketches through Amazon's facial recognition tech and it could lead to wrongful arrests

A US police force is running suspect sketches through Amazon's facial recognition tech and it could lead to wrongful arrests

Police in Washington County are running sketches of suspects through Amazon's facial recognition software, The Washington Post reports. AI experts told the Post that using a sketch could increase the likelihood of a false match, a sentiment which was echoed by Privacy International's Frederike Kaltheuner when contacted by Business Insider.

Which DNA Databases Are the Best and Worst for Privacy?

Which DNA Databases Are the Best and Worst for Privacy?

Rather, privacy concerns are greatest for databases where a person can upload DNA data and trawl for matches. Ever since the Golden State Killer suspect was identified last year, law enforcement has been turning to public DNA databases to solve cold cases.

Updates to our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy

Updates to our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy

FamilyTreeDNA’s Terms of Service and Privacy Statement have been updated to require law enforcement, as well as any authorized representative working on behalf of law enforcement, to register all genetic files through a separate process prior to uploading to the database.

After you spit into a tube for a DNA test like 23andMe, experts say you shouldn't assume your data will stay private forever

After you spit into a tube for a DNA test like 23andMe, experts say you shouldn't assume your data will stay private forever

The case of the Golden State Killer: how private and protected DNA data can be exploited in public databases Justin Sullivan/Getty Images When you mail your saliva sample to a company like 23andMe, Ancestry, Helix, or any one of a handful of current DNA testing startups , they run an analysis of the genetic data it contains.

The Real Reason Walt Disney World Scans Your Fingerprint

The Real Reason Walt Disney World Scans Your Fingerprint

Both guests and employees are expected to follow certain rules on the Disney premises. But there's one security measure that's unique to Disney World that leaves some guests raising their eyebrows.

Distant cousin's use of DNA test kit led police to Warwick murder suspect

Distant cousin's use of DNA test kit led police to Warwick murder suspect

Colleen Fitzpatrick, co-founder of IdentiFinders, said she'd been working on the Fay case for months and finally got a break when one of the largest consumer DNA-testing companies, FamilyTreeDNA, opened its database to a free, third-party genealogy website called GEDmatch.

Strength in Numbers: The Final Count Is In

Strength in Numbers: The Final Count Is In

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The Future of Crime-Fighting Is Family Tree Forensics

The Future of Crime-Fighting Is Family Tree Forensics

The month before, the genetic genealogist had been hired by a forensic DNA company in Virginia called Parabon, to lead its new division devoted to long-range familial searching.

As facial recognition systems continue to spread, so do concerns about their deployment

As facial recognition systems continue to spread, so do concerns about their deployment

The new patent pairs facial recognition with products from Ring, a doorbell camera company that Amazon bought: the application describes a system that the police can use to match the faces of people walking by a doorbell camera with a photo database of persons they deem “suspicious.” Likewise, homeowners can also add photos of “suspicious” people into the system and then the doorbell’s facial recognition program will scan anyone passing their home.

Shady Data Brokers Are Selling Online Dating Profiles by the Millions

Shady Data Brokers Are Selling Online Dating Profiles by the Millions

Anyone can purchase a batch of profiles from a data broker and immediately have access to the names, contact information, identifying traits, and photos of millions of real individuals. In May 2017, Moll and Tactical Tech purchased one million dating profiles from the data broker website USDate, for around $153.

Schneier on Security

Schneier on Security

We project that about 60% of the searches for individuals of European-descent will result in a third cousin or closer match, which can allow their identification using demographic identifiers. We demonstrate that the technique can also identify research participants of a public sequencing project.

Surveillance state: NSW intensifies citizen tracking

Surveillance state: NSW intensifies citizen tracking

"Law enforcement authorities habitually push for greater access to private data and information to help them do their job and will likely call to increase The Capability to include less serious crimes and public nuisances," Mr Greenwich said.

Coming soon: everyone’s genetic anonymity undermined by distant relatives – and there’s nothing you can do about it

Coming soon: everyone’s genetic anonymity undermined by distant relatives – and there’s nothing you can do about it

As the researchers go on to show in their paper, it is now possible to take DNA from a supposedly anonymous dataset, find matches in public genetic databases, and then work out the identity of the individual by building a family tree.

DNA testing companies put everyone’s privacy at risk

DNA testing companies put everyone’s privacy at risk

“Take home message: Your DNA can identify you whether you took or not a DTC test,” Yaniv Erlich, the lead author of the study, said on Twitter.

With genetic-identity registries, it’s the end of anonymity as we know it

With genetic-identity registries, it’s the end of anonymity as we know it

Already, 60 percent of Americans of Northern European descent — the primary group using the genetic-genealogy sites — can be identified through such databases whether or not they’ve joined one themselves, according to a new study.

Most People of European Ancestry Can Be Identified From a Relative’s DNA

Most People of European Ancestry Can Be Identified From a Relative’s DNA

GEDmatch, the database investigators used in the Golden State Killer case and subsequent others, does not offer DNA tests itself. To find out exactly how easy it is for genealogists and law enforcement to find genetic matches, Erlich and his team first analyzed MyHeritage’s 1.28 million–person DNA database.

Genome Hackers Show No One’s DNA Is Anonymous Anymore

Genome Hackers Show No One’s DNA Is Anonymous Anymore

In fact, according to new research led by Erlich, published today in Science, more than 60 percent of Americans with European ancestry can be identified through their DNA using open genetic genealogy databases, regardless of whether they’ve ever sent in a spit kit.

US politicians discover personally the pitfalls of facial recognition: is it time to ban it completely?

US politicians discover personally the pitfalls of facial recognition: is it time to ban it completely?

As Amazon rightly notes, this shows the critical importance of choosing appropriate confidence levels when deploying facial recognition systems – something that is rarely discussed.