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.

‘Nothing Kept Me Up At Night the Way the Gorgon Stare Did.’

‘Nothing Kept Me Up At Night the Way the Gorgon Stare Did.’

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.

Google's acquisitions are in the spotlight 15 years after it went public

Google's acquisitions are in the spotlight 15 years after it went public

"Unwinding these mergers will promote healthy competition in the market — which will put pressure on big tech companies to be more responsive to user concerns, including about privacy.".

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?

King's Cross developers under investigation for scanning public with facial recognition cameras

King's Cross developers under investigation for scanning public with facial recognition cameras

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.

Huawei technicians have been helping governments in Uganda and Zambia spy on their political opponents, a new report says

Huawei technicians have been helping governments in Uganda and Zambia spy on their political opponents, a new report says

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.

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.

U.S. FTC chief says regulator is prepared to break up big tech firms: Bloomberg

U.S. FTC chief says regulator is prepared to break up big tech firms: Bloomberg

(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.

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.

Is America Finally Ready For A Surveillance-Free Smartphone?

Is America Finally Ready For A Surveillance-Free Smartphone?

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.

King's Cross developer defends use of facial recognition

King's Cross developer defends use of facial recognition

"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.

A Federal Court Sounds the Alarm on the Privacy Harms of Face Recognition Technology

A Federal Court Sounds the Alarm on the Privacy Harms of Face Recognition Technology

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.

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.

How much does Google know about you?

How much does Google know about you?

Alex Hern on how Google’s use of personal data has potentially helped create a new age of mass surveillance. But in doing so has it ushered in a new age of mass surveillance?

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.

Barr says the US needs encryption backdoors to prevent “going dark.” Um, what?

Barr says the US needs encryption backdoors to prevent “going dark.” Um, what?

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."

The Pentagon is testing powerful mass-surveillance balloons above six US states

The Pentagon is testing powerful mass-surveillance balloons above six US states

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.

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.

Facebook Just Paid a $5 Billion Fine for Privacy Breaches. Now it Wants Access to Your Brain.

Facebook Just Paid a $5 Billion Fine for Privacy Breaches. Now it Wants Access to Your Brain.

“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.

Eyes in the sky will soon see everything – even what happened in the past; is it too late to worry about privacy?

Eyes in the sky will soon see everything – even what happened in the past; is it too late to worry about privacy?

Last year, a company called EarthNow announced that it planned to deploy a large constellation of advanced imaging satellites that would deliver real-time, continuous video of almost anywhere on Earth.

Americans aren't enchanted by Silicon Valley anymore: poll

Americans aren't enchanted by Silicon Valley anymore: poll

According to new Pew Research Center data, Americans are more likely to view megaliths like Facebook and Google as mistrustful swindlers — whereas just a few years ago, more Americans believed tech companies were having a positive effect on our world.

How to Thwart Facial Recognition

How to Thwart Facial Recognition

To enable people to obfuscate facial-recognition software programs, Selvaggio, who is 34 and white, made available 3-D, photo-realistic prosthetic masks of his own face to anyone who wants one.

Rethinking Technological Positivism with Cory Doctorow

Rethinking Technological Positivism with Cory Doctorow

Self-driving cars or armed autonomous military robots may make use of the same technologies. In a certain sense, we as software developers are helping to build and shape the future. What does the future look like and are we helping build the right one?

Our Very Own Big Brother: Alexa and Google Assistant Are Watching

Our Very Own Big Brother: Alexa and Google Assistant Are Watching

both Amazon and Google have confirmed that they do indeed have contractors in their employment who listen to audio clips from users. Shockingly, both Amazon and Google have confirmed that they do indeed have contractors in their employment who listen to audio clips from users.

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.

Opinion | The Spy Business Is Booming and We Should Be Worried

Opinion | The Spy Business Is Booming and We Should Be Worried

Simply put, counterintelligence is about protecting something valuable — an asset, a system, a process, a way of life — from an adversary.

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.

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