The future of privacy is already here — it’s just not evenly distributed

The future of privacy is already here — it’s just not evenly distributed

The South China Morning Post has another example of this: a story about a Chinese AI startup working on “gait recognition”: Watrix says its software can identify a person from 50 metres away – even if they have covered their face or have their back to a camera – making it more than a match for Sherlock Holmes.

Bernie Sanders calls for a ban on police use of facial recognition

Bernie Sanders calls for a ban on police use of facial recognition

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has called for a complete ban on the police use of facial recognition as part of his campaign’s broader plan for criminal justice reform.

Tech Tent: Is your face on a watch list?

Tech Tent: Is your face on a watch list?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Surveillance cameras are now often backed up with facial recognition systems Is it a brilliant new law enforcement tool helping keep public spaces safe from criminals and terrorists?

Arsenic in the water of democracy: UK police, politicians and privacy activists clash over facial recognition deployments

Arsenic in the water of democracy: UK police, politicians and privacy activists clash over facial recognition deployments

We call on the Government to issue a moratorium on the current use of facial recognition technology and no further trials should take place until a legislative framework has been introduced and guidance on trial protocols, and an oversight and evaluation system, has been established.

The fashion line designed to trick surveillance cameras

The fashion line designed to trick surveillance cameras

Automatic license plate readers, which use networked surveillance cameras and simple image recognition to track the movements of cars around a city, may have met their match, in the form of a T-shirt.

Amazon Rekognition Falsely Matches 26 Lawmakers To Mugshots As California Bill To Block Moves Forward

Amazon Rekognition Falsely Matches 26 Lawmakers To Mugshots As California Bill To Block Moves Forward

In May, the California State Assembly approved Ting’s bill to ban law enforcement’s use of facial recognition and biometric scanners, which identify things such as how a person walks, in body cameras.

Facial recognition in King's Cross prompts call for new laws

Facial recognition in King's Cross prompts call for new laws

UK biometrics commissioner Prof Paul Wiles has called for the government to take action over the use of facial recognition technology by the private sector as well as by law enforcement.

EPIC - Federal Appeals Court Says Consumers Can Sue Facebook for Facial Recognition

EPIC - Federal Appeals Court Says Consumers Can Sue Facebook for Facial Recognition

EPIC filed an amicus brief in the case, arguing that the violation of the privacy law was sufficient for Facebook users to sue the company.Six Flags, where the Illinois Supreme Court unanimously decided that consumers can sue companies that violate the state's biometric privacy law.

Federal Court Rules Facebook Users Can Sue Company Over Unlawful Use of Face Recognition Technology

Federal Court Rules Facebook Users Can Sue Company Over Unlawful Use of Face Recognition Technology

The ruling is the first decision of an American appellate court directly addressing the unique privacy harms posed by the face recognition technology being increasingly pushed on members of the public without their knowledge and consent.

Computer Vision and Facial Recognition Technology

Computer Vision and Facial Recognition Technology

During the ongoing protests in Hong Kong, protesters were seen to be using laser pens to disrupt and damage facial recognition cameras at the Chinese government liaison office.

Microsoft Slammed For Investment In Israeli Facial Recognition ‘Spying On Palestinians’

Microsoft Slammed For Investment In Israeli Facial Recognition ‘Spying On Palestinians’

Shankar Narayan, the director of the Technology and Liberty Project at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), told Forbes that he’d held meetings with Microsoft in Seattle last year in which the tech giant appeared receptive to ideas on holding back the spread of facial recognition.

Everything you wanted to know about media metadata, but were afraid to ask

Everything you wanted to know about media metadata, but were afraid to ask

You can explode a flattened PDF into individual images of the pages using PDF Redact Tools, then feed the pages into Tesseract to create a text document that can be worked on with any language processing tool.

Police facial recognition could target 'literally anybody', senior MP says

Police facial recognition could target 'literally anybody', senior MP says

According to internal documents uncovered by Sky News, South Wales Police - the force leading the Home Office-backed trial of the controversial technology - places "persons where intelligence is required" on its watchlists, alongside wanted suspects and missing people.

Photo ID is Obsolete and Unnecessary. Facial Recognition Technology Makes it Dangerous.

Photo ID is Obsolete and Unnecessary. Facial Recognition Technology Makes it Dangerous.

Citing documents gathered by Georgetown Law researchers, the Post reports that at least two federal agencies, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, have — for years — mined state photo ID databases to populate their own facial recognition databases.

When Will We Get the Full Truth About How and Why the Government Is Using Face Recognition?

When Will We Get the Full Truth About How and Why the Government Is Using Face Recognition?

Despite some pushback from some lawmakers on the committee, John Wagner of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Austin Gould of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Joseph DiPietro of the Secret Service, and Charles Romine from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) argued that face recognition and biometric surveillance is safe, regulated, and essential for the purposes of keeping airports and U.S. borders secure.

Google Is Offering $5 Gift Cards for Your Face Data

Google Is Offering $5 Gift Cards for Your Face Data

As to why Google is collecting this data, all the evidence points to the Pixel 4 which, as Android Police discovered last month, is expected to have a face authentication system just like Apple offers using Face ID on iPhone.

Think FaceApp Is Scary? Wait Till You Hear About Facebook

Think FaceApp Is Scary? Wait Till You Hear About Facebook

FaceApp is also the product of a Russian company that sends photos from your device to its servers, retains rights to use them in perpetuity, and performs artificial intelligence black magic on them.

Arrested development: Cops dump Amazon's facial-recognition API after struggling to make the thing work properly

Arrested development: Cops dump Amazon's facial-recognition API after struggling to make the thing work properly

The plod wanted to feed photos of suspected or known crooks into Amazon Web Services' Rekognition API, and have the backend software automatically search live streams of CCTV footage for occurrences of those faces in real time, allowing officers to know immediately the whereabouts of persons of interest.

Your Face Is Not a Bar Code

Your Face Is Not a Bar Code

When a citizen has been arrested for probable cause, it is reasonable for the police to use automatic face recognition to match a mug shot of the individual against a database of mug shots of people who have been arrested previously.

Experts Say 'Emotion Recognition' Lacks Scientific Foundation

Experts Say 'Emotion Recognition' Lacks Scientific Foundation

“The topic of facial expressions of emotion — whether they’re universal, whether you can look at someone’s face and read emotion in their face — is a topic of great contention that scientists have been debating for at least 100 years,” Lisa Feldman Barrett, Professor of Psychology at Northeastern University and an expert on emotion, told me.

MPs Call on Facial Recognition Trials to be Suspended

MPs Call on Facial Recognition Trials to be Suspended

In a report published this week, the House of Commons Science and Technology committee voiced serious concerns over the accuracy of the invasive technology and raised questions over bias – an issue which has been brought up repeatedly in discussions over the technology’s use.

São Paulo subway to deploy surveillance system with facial recognition

São Paulo subway to deploy surveillance system with facial recognition

The company operating the majority of the city's subway network, Companhia do Metropolitano de São Paulo (METRO), has launched a tender for a new set-up to replace its current legacy system and a non-integrated estate of 2200 cameras, of which only some are digital.

This jewelry is a brilliant shield against face-recognition intrusions

This jewelry is a brilliant shield against face-recognition intrusions

Having seen the light-up glasses invented by Japan’s National Institute of Informatics to foil face recognition, Nowak decided to move her project in a different direction, creating what she describes as face jewelry. Much to her surprise, the Prince-like design was the first one Nowak tried and the first that worked.

Oakland Officials Take Step Towards Banning City Use Of Facial Recognition Tech

Oakland Officials Take Step Towards Banning City Use Of Facial Recognition Tech

ALSO READ: San Francisco Supervisors Approve Facial Recognition Technology Ban The vote on Tuesday evening was for the first reading of the ordinance, city officials said.

Council Bans City Use Of Facial Recognition Tech

Council Bans City Use Of Facial Recognition Tech

But other agencies across the country have, including the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office, which scans its mugshot database with facial recognition software, according to a report by Oakland police.

Berkeley Claims To Be A Progressive City But It’s Not Clear If They’ll Ban Facial Recognition.

Berkeley Claims To Be A Progressive City But It’s Not Clear If They’ll Ban Facial Recognition.

“The proposal on the table in Berkeley is clear, direct, and effective,” said Evan Greer, Deputy Director at Fight for the Future, (pronouns: she/her).

Oakland City Council to Talk Facial Recognition Ban

Oakland City Council to Talk Facial Recognition Ban

The discussion surrounding the future of facial recognition is expected to continue Tuesday night in Oakland, about two months after San Francisco became the first U.S. city to outlaw the technology. San Francisco supervisors this week passed legislation that would ban the use of facial recognition technology by law enforcement agencies and other city departments.

Google and Amazon aren't the only companies taking heat for listening to your private conversations

Google and Amazon aren't the only companies taking heat for listening to your private conversations

ToyTalk, the company that powers the software in the doll, said in a statement to the Guardian the conversations recorded by the program were for improving the language-processing feature.

Google contractors are secretly listening to your Assistant recordings

Google contractors are secretly listening to your Assistant recordings

VRT, with the help of a whistleblower, was able to listen to some of these clips and subsequently heard enough to discern the addresses of several Dutch and Belgian people using Google Home — in spite of the fact some hadn’t even uttered the words “Hey Google,” which are supposed to be the device’s listening trigger.

It turns out that Juggalo makeup blocks facial recognition technology

It turns out that Juggalo makeup blocks facial recognition technology

It turns out that Juggalos face makeup cannot be accurately read by many facial recognition technologies. The black bands frequently used in Juggalo makeup obscure the mouth and cover the chin, totally redefining a person’s key features.

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