London Police Implement Real-Time Facial Recognition Devices; U.S. Follows With First Fully Biometric Airport

London Police Implement Real-Time Facial Recognition Devices; U.S. Follows With First Fully Biometric Airport By Aaron Kesel London police are set to deploy real-time facial recognition technology throughout the city; while the U.S. is also implementing the tech among other biometrics in the Hartsfield-Jackson Airport in Atlanta, making it the first in the U.S. to become fully biometric. The Metropolitan Police announced that after testing facial recognition they have moved past the trial stage and are ready to permanently integrate the cameras into London. According to a report by the…

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The CIA’s “Signature School” Is Equipping Firefighters With Wearable Emotion/Facial Recognition Devices

The CIA’s “Signature School” Is Equipping Firefighters With Wearable Emotion/Facial Recognition Devices By MassPrivateI Over the years, I have written about the possible dangers of firefighters carrying weapons and being trained like SWAT teams. But this latest story will leave you scratching your head and wondering what the CIA’s “Signature School” has done to America’s firefighters. Last week the University of New Mexico (UNM) announced that they have created a Wearable Emotion Facial Recognition (WEFR) device for firefighters. The article describes an innovative new facial-recognition algorithm formulated for use in firefighting…

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The European Union May Ban Facial Recognition For 5-Year Review Of Tech

The European Union May Ban Facial Recognition For 5-Year Review Of Tech By Aaron Kesel The European Union is considering banning facial recognition technology which has raised massive privacy concerns over the years since its inception, risking us walking into George Orwell’s nightmare 1984. The European Commission is considering a ban on all facial recognition technology in public places for three to five years, the BBC reported. The Commission  hopes to examine the technology during these years with “a sound methodology for assessing the impacts of this technology and possible…

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Rentable Facial Recognition Robots That Can Detect Emotion Coming To A Conference Near You

Rentable Facial Recognition Robots That Can Detect Emotion Coming To A Conference Near You By MassPrivateI Conference goers now have to be wary that robots will identify them everywhere they go. Corporations can now rent Chinese-made CloudMinds robots that can identify everyone on the conference floor. (To learn more about CloudMinds and China click here & here.) CloudMinds’ mission is to “make helpful robot services possible and to make them safe, secure and affordable.” While their hidden mission is to help governments identify everyone. According to CloudMinds’ “About Us” page, their so-called…

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Seven and Counting: Cambridge, Massachusetts Passes Facial Recognition Ban

Seven and Counting: Cambridge, Massachusetts Passes Facial Recognition Ban By Michael Maharrey Last Monday night, the Cambridge City Council passed a measure banning facial recognition technology in the city. The growing movement to prohibit the use of facial recognition at the state and local levels could hinder the operation of a growing national facial recognition network. Cambridge Mayor McGovern, along with Councilors Craig Kelley and Sumbul Siddiqui, proposed the ban last summer in a resolution. The amendment to the Surveillance Technology Ordinance passed last year prohibits any city department from intentionally…

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Interview: Michael Maharrey on Facial Recognition Pushback

Interview: Michael Maharrey on Facial Recognition Pushback By Corbett Report Extras Today Michael Maharrey of the Tenth Amendment Center joins us to discuss the recent legislative successes that have helped to push back on the encroaching facial recognition panopticon . . . and what remains to be done to combat this technocratic tyranny. SHOW NOTES: Michael Maharrey blog at the Tenth Amendment Center Michael Maharrey on The Corbett Report Alameda California Takes First Step Toward Banning Facial Recognition Now in Effect: California Law Bans Facial Recognition on Police Body Cameras…

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Activists Worldwide Face Off Against Face Recognition: 2019 Year in Review

Activists Worldwide Face Off Against Face Recognition: 2019 Year in Review By Katitza Rodriguez We’ve all heard the expression, “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.” We might hope that what we do and where we go will only be known to those who were there in person. Yet maintaining such anonymity and privacy in public spaces is becoming ever more difficult. 2019 has marked the year where a growing digital rights network around the world is pushing back against governments and companies’ use of face recognition technologies in public…

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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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