Soros Fund Management (SFM), the asset management firm founded by the famed investor and businessman George Soros, has said that it plans to sell its stake in Palantir, which just went public in September, over disagreement with the company's practices.
Palantir and others are providing the government help locating people through their phones, as well as facial-recognition tech that can assist in finding people who contacted individuals who later tested positive for coronavirus, TheWSJ noted, citing sources familiar with the matter.Tech experts warn about collecting geolocation data, according to a report Monday from The Washington Post.
Amazon, Microsoft, and Palantir have signed on to help create an interactive coronavirus response dashboard for Britain's National Health Service (NHS).The dashboard will pool data from the NHS and its partners and help healthcare workers make decisions about allocating resources.
When the idea of a smart wall began gaining traction in 2017, three higher-ups from Palantir — the secretive data tech giant that has long been behind some of the government’s largest surveillance projects — left to co-found Anduril, a company dedicated to creating cutting-edge tech for border security.
A Bloomberg article last year gave some details of how the Los Angeles Police Department uses Palantir’s Gotham product for Operation Laser, a program to identify and deter people likely to commit crimes: Information from rap sheets, parole reports, police interviews, and other sources is fed into the system to generate a list of people the department defines as chronic offenders, says Craig Uchida, whose consulting firm, Justice & Security Strategies Inc., designed the Laser system.
Image source Palantir and the UN’s World Food Programme (WFP) are partnering for a reported $45 million. There are risks to both individuals and whole populations from the gathering and processing of data from humanitarian activities.
A group of over 400 employees signed a letter in June urging Amazon to stop selling its facial recognition software to law enforcement and working with Palantir, which provides digital services to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.