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.
Now, Holland Michel has written Eyes in the Sky: The Secret Rise of Gorgon Stare and How It Will Watch Us All , a book of startling revelations about drone surveillance in the United States.
(Bloomberg) -- Antitrust officials are right to look back at Facebook Inc.’s acquisition of Instagram to determine whether the deal harmed competition, Colorado’s attorney general said, adding to calls for renewed scrutiny of the takeover of the photo-sharing site.
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?
The research is important because it could help show whether a wearable brain-control device is feasible and because it is an early example of a giant tech company being involved in getting hold of data directly from people’s minds.
Police trials of facial recognition are currently under judicial review and a parliamentary report released last month said new laws were “urgently needed” to govern the use of the emerging technology.
In Kampala, Uganda, Huawei employees reportedly helped Uganda's cyber-surveillance unit break into the WhatsApp group belonging to Bobi Wine, a political opponent to the current Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni.
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.
Amazon said this week its facial recognition software can detect a person's fear. The tech giant revealed updates to the controversial tool on Monday that include improving the accuracy and functionality of its face analysis features such as identifying gender, emotions and age range.
(Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is prepared to break up major technology companies if necessary by undoing past mergers, Chairman Joe Simons said in an interview with Bloomberg published on Tuesday, as the regulator probes anti-competitive practices in the sector.
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.
Facebook has become the latest tech giant to face scrutiny over its handling of users’ data, following a report that said the social media giant collected audio data and recordings from its users and transcribed it using third-party contractors.
If you follow the funding strategies for technology companies and the darlings of Silicon Valley, you know the smartphone space is a tough nut to crack. The company exists to serve a core mission—for Purism, the security and privacy of its customers—above a profit motive.
"These cameras use a number of detection and tracking methods, including facial recognition, but also have sophisticated systems in place to protect the privacy of the general public," it said.
While the company said that it currently prefers to power its smartphones with Google’s Android, it did not rule out the future use of its own system on smartphones.“If we cannot use [Android] in the future we can immediately switch to HarmonyOS,” CEO of the Chinese tech giant’s consumer division, Richard Yu, told the Huawei Developer Conference in Dongguan.
The Ninth Circuit’s ruling is important not only because it explains why surreptitious use of face recognition by corporations harms people’s privacy interests, but also because it puts law enforcement on notice that recent Supreme Court cases regulating other forms of electronic surveillance have something to say about face surveillance 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.
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.
The mythically themed malware was coded by NSO Group, a company Dilian is closely associated with: His first surveillance business, Circles, merged with NSO in 2014, when U.S. private equity firm took control of both for a total of $250 million.
Citing the threat posed by violent criminals using encryption to hide their activities from law enforcement, Barr said that information security "should not come at the expense of making us more vulnerable in the real world."
In an interview with Long Form, Holland Michel, who also authored the book Eyes in the Sky: The Secret Rise of Gorgon Stare and How It Will Watch Us All, explained the difference between a standard drone camera, which surveils from 25,000 ft, and the Gorgon Stare’s Wide Area Motion Imagery (WAMI) technology:Think of a traditional camera on a drone as a high powered telescope.
The latest figures in the company’s transparency report, published quietly on its website late Wednesday, said the number of subpoenas it received went up by 14% and search warrants went up by close to 35%.
Representatives from the UK, US, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand recently finished a two day meeting in London where the countries renewed their commitment to seeking encryption backdoors from technology companies around the world. Private Internet Access continues to protest against government encroachment on tech companies and will never built in any encryption backdoors or ghost protocols.
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.
“Neuroethical design is one of our program’s key pillars — we want to be transparent about what we’re working on so that people can tell us their concerns about this technology,” Mark Chevillet, director of the brain-computer interface (BCI) research program at Facebook Reality Labs says.
It aspires to be a central outlet for the study of all manner of internet abuse, assembling for visiting researchers the necessary machine learning tools, big data analysts, and perhaps most importantly, access to major tech platforms' user data—a key to the project that may hinge on which tech firms cooperate, and to what degree.