Facial Recognition: 10 Reasons You Should Be Worried About The Technology

Facial Recognition: 10 Reasons You Should Be Worried About The Technology By Birgit Schippers, Queen’s University Belfast Facial recognition technology is spreading fast. Already widespread in China, software that identifies people by comparing images of their faces against a database of records is now being adopted across much of the rest of the world. It’s common among police forces but has also been used at airports, railway stations and shopping centres. The rapid growth of this technology has triggered a much-needed debate. Activists, politicians, academics and even police forces are…

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U.S. Customs Continues to “Modernize” Its System to Include Biometrics For All Passengers

U.S. Customs Continues to “Modernize” Its System to Include Biometrics For All Passengers By Nicholas West One aspect often lost in the immigration debate is the rollout of government solutions that are set to restrict the freedom of the perfectly innocent.  A key component of this is the increased collection of passenger biometrics. As I’ve discussed before, U.S. Customs and Border Protection has a mandate that’s been 15 years in the making to integrate government databases for ID verification. Private companies have been enlisted to ensure that there is a…

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A.I. “RoboCops” Continue Rolling Out Across U.S. Collecting Biometrics and Creating Blacklists

A.I. “RoboCops” Continue Rolling Out Across U.S. Collecting Biometrics and Creating Blacklists By Nicholas West The move toward using robots in law enforcement, private security, and even to scare away the homeless, has been a decade-long trend that is now becoming much more prevalent in everyday life. “RoboCops” have now been launched coast to coast in 16 states. Last year, it was security robots deployed in New York City.  As Aaron Kesel reported: The robots are able to scan anyone walking on the sidewalks, record license plates, use infrared vision,…

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Watch Hong Kong Protesters Use Lasers to Disrupt Facial Recognition

Watch Hong Kong Protesters Use Lasers to Disrupt Facial Recognition By John Vibes In the recent wave of demonstrations to sweep Hong Kong, tensions between protesters and police have continued to escalate. The protests began with a simple demand for the government of mainland China to cancel a controversial extradition treaty, which would allow the government to arrest citizens of Hong Kong to face charges in China. However, after weeks of violent clashes with government agents, the list of demands from the protesters has grown to include the release of…

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Proxyclick: Customers Will Be Impressed When Businesses Use Facial Recognition To Identify Them

Proxyclick: Customers Will Be Impressed When Businesses Use Facial Recognition To Identify Them By MassPrivateI Leave it to facial recognition companies to make up a totally bogus claim that makes me want to slam my foot in a door. The access management company Proxyclick claims that businesses who use their ID Match (facial recognition) will impress customers. I do not know about you but having a company, like say Samuel Adams, use facial recognition to identify and impress beer drinkers taking a tour of their brewery would be absurd right? Not…

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Military Will Use Facial Recognition Goggles to Help Soldiers Identify People Through Weapons Systems

Military Will Use Facial Recognition Goggles to Help Soldiers Identify People Through Weapons Systems By Nicholas West Public resistance in the United States has finally begun to mount against the use of facial recognition systems due to privacy issues as well as documented inaccuracies. Even police departments have begun to dump the use of biometrics, particularly in the area of pre-crime algorithms that also have demonstrated the failures of artificial intelligence to be accurate enough for use in law enforcement. Also Read: Amazon Facial Rekognition Software Trial In Orlando Canceled…

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Does Facial Recognition Technology Make You Grimace? New Website Offers Map of Where It’s Being Used by Law Enforcement and How to Get It Banned.

Does Facial Recognition Technology Make You Grimace? New Website Offers Map of Where It’s Being Used by Law Enforcement and How to Get It Banned. By B.N. Frank Think law enforcement using facial recognition technology to catch criminals isn’t a big deal?  You may want to review new website  – Ban Facial Recognition – and reevaluate your position.  According to it: Facial recognition surveillance programs identify the wrong person up to 98% of the time. These errors have real-world impacts, including harassment, wrongful imprisonment, and deportation. Facial recognition software programmatically…

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Watch As Police Commissioner Is Arrested For Questioning City’s Use Of Facial Recognition

Watch As Police Commissioner Is Arrested For Questioning City’s Use Of Facial Recognition By Jack Burns Imagine a day when police can randomly, actively, and at lightning speeds search databases for active search warrants using only a camera and facial recognition technology. That day is here. And despite the objections of high-ranking members in policing circles, the very real threat of losing our 4th and 14th Amendment rights is upon us. And, as the following case illustrates, those who speak out against it — even from within the system —…

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FaceApp Now Owns Access To More Than 150 Million People’s Faces And Names, And Users Are Angry

FaceApp Now Owns Access To More Than 150 Million People’s Faces And Names, And Users Are Angry By Amanda Froelich Before you download an app or a PDF, do you read the Terms and Conditions? If not, you may be unintentionally signing up for trouble, like millions of users have after agreeing to the Terms of Service of FaceApp. The viral app allows people to change facial expressions, looks, and their age. But in exchange, the company owns all the rights to the images.  Since its launch, more than 100…

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New US Campaign Calls for Moratorium on Facial Recognition Surveillance

New US Campaign Calls for Moratorium on Facial Recognition Surveillance By Julia Conley “Imagine if we could go back in time and prevent governments around the world from ever building nuclear or biological weapons. That’s the moment in history we’re in right now with facial recognition.” Pushing back against businesses and government calling for mere “regulations” on facial recognition surveillance, digital rights group Fight for the Future on Tuesday launched a nationwide campaign to demand a complete ban on the technology, which which critics warn is already violating civil liberties…

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