Amazon Ring Doorbell Camera to Build Watchlist of “Suspicious” Neighbors for Police

Amazon Ring Doorbell Camera to Build Watchlist of “Suspicious” Neighbors for Police By John Vibes Ring, the home security system developed by Amazon, is planning to build a database of neighborhood watchlists using facial recognition technology. Documents obtained by the Intercept revealed that the company is working with law enforcement on a system that will identify people who are considered “suspicious,” and let Ring owners know when these individuals are near their home, using the facial recognition software built into the security system’s cameras. The software will also give the Ring…

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ACLU Sues FBI And Other Agencies, Defending Privacy Rights Of Americans Against Facial Recognition

ACLU Sues FBI And Other Agencies, Defending Privacy Rights Of Americans Against Facial Recognition By Aaron Kesel The ACLU has sued the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and other federal agencies, making claims that the government is improperly withholding information on how it uses a facial recognition database on millions of Americans. The civil rights organization also asks for a “federal court to intervene and order the FBI and related agencies to turn over all records concerning their use of face recognition technology,” according to a legal document. “Because of…

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We’re Being Blinded to the Danger of Facial Recognition

We’re Being Blinded to the Danger of Facial Recognition By Michael Maharrey We’ve become increasingly comfortable with facial recognition technology. We use it to unlock our phones and to skip the security line at the airport. But the convenience of facial recognition is blinding us to its dangers. Georgetown University School of Law privacy expert Clare Garvie put together a video that explains why you should be concerned about the growing use of facial recognition technology, even if you think you have “nothing to hide.” According to Garvie, police databases…

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Amazon Facial Recognition Falsely Identified 27 Pro Athletes As Criminals

Amazon Facial Recognition Falsely Identified 27 Pro Athletes As Criminals By John Vibes Police and government agencies are becoming increasingly reliant on facial recognition software to hunt for suspects, despite the fact that this technology is notorious for falsely identifying innocent people as criminals. In one of the most recent cases, Amazon’s facial recognition technology falsely identified 27 different professional athletes as criminals. While it may be true that professional football players have been known to get in trouble from time to time, this is obviously a failure of the…

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Aruba’s Facial Recognition Will Identify 2 Million Tourists At Car Rental Stations, Hotels And The Airport

Aruba’s Facial Recognition Will Identify 2 Million Tourists At Car Rental Stations, Hotels And The Airport By MassPrivateI Think twice before planning your family vacation to Aruba next year. Big Brother has big plans to monitor American tourists. A recent article in Breaking Travel News, revealed that the government of Aruba and the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTCC) are bringing facial recognition CCTV cameras to car rental stations and at least 15 hotels on the island by 2020. (To see a list of Aruba’s 274 hotels and villas, click…

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Anonymous: Hong Kong Defies Face Covering Ban with Joker, Winnie The Pooh and Guy Fawkes Masks To Protest Chinese Mafia And Police

Anonymous: Hong Kong Defies Face Covering Ban with Joker, Winnie The Pooh and Guy Fawkes Masks To Protest Chinese Mafia And Police By Aaron Kesel Hong Kong citizens denying tyranny against their own government and the Chinese government are striking back against a ban on covering their faces. Defying the law, protesters wore Joker, Winne The Pooh and Guy Fawkes masks while holding hands in human chains to send a message. In early October, one of the leaders of the Hong Kong resistance, Jimmy Sham, was assaulted by an organized…

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U.S. Senator Calls For Halting TSA Facial Recognition In Airports As Tech Rolls Out In Schools Nationwide

U.S. Senator Calls For Halting TSA Facial Recognition In Airports As Tech Rolls Out In Schools Nationwide By Aaron Kesel A U.S. Senator called for an end to facial recognition in airports due to lack of oversight on the technology. Meanwhile, facial recognition is spreading across the U.S. in schools everywhere according to a report. Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., brought up several issues with facial recognition technologies and warned against moving forward without sufficient protections for data being collected, during a hearing held by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science…

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Chinese Citizens Will Be Required To Scan Their Faces To Use The Internet

Chinese Citizens Will Be Required To Scan Their Faces To Use The Internet By Aaron Kesel The Chinese government continues its Orwellian practices with the announcement that citizens will have to use facial recognition technology to access the internet (which is already highly fire-walled.) This is all a part of China’s social credit system that will take effect on Dec. 1st.  After the law is in effect, Chinese citizens who want to have the internet installed at their houses or on their smartphones will be required to undergo a facial…

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FaceFirst and Amazon Want To Influence Facial Recognition Laws; Motorola Joins The Push For A Surveillance State

FaceFirst and Amazon Want To Influence Facial Recognition Laws; Motorola Joins The Push For A Surveillance State By Aaron Kesel FaceFirst is another company with something to lose if facial recognition regulation bans the technology. They have now entered the lobbying ring to attempt to influence laws for the Orwellian biometric technology. FaceFirst writes in a press release: FaceFirst is partnering with congressional lawmakers to influence future facial recognition privacy regulations.  (Los Angeles) FaceFirst, the leading U.S. computer vision company, announced today that they are working closely with D.C. lawmakers…

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Facial Recognition Smart Streetlights Raise Concerns

Facial Recognition Smart Streetlights Raise Concerns By Sean Walton What began as a way to increase public safety has turned into a civil rights concern. Some residents of San Diego, California are demanding the removal of some 4,000 ‘Smart Streetlights’ which they claim are an invasion of privacy. The devices use sensor nodes to gather a range of information, such as weather and parking counts, but also uses facial recognition technology to count pedestrians. The San Diego City Council approved the installation of the Smart StreetLights in December 2016 –…

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