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Microsoft Asks Congress to Regulate Face Recognition Microsoft Asks Congress to Regulate Face Recognition

Microsoft’s president and chief legal officer, Brad Smith, called for federal regulation of face recognition in a new blog post on Friday. Half of all adults already have their face in a federal database, and vendors are supplying face recognition technology to schools, airports, and baseball stadiums. Federal…

Face Recognition 'Tickets' Are Coming to Baseball Games Face Recognition 'Tickets' Are Coming to Baseball Games

MLB and Clear announced a partnership on Thursday that will soon let baseball fans enter stadiums using fingerprints, and eventually, just their face, instead of tickets.

Who Will Police Police Drones? Who Will Police Police Drones?

The Police Foundation doesn’t want the police to call drones “drones.” Because of the public’s association with “military-style weapons like the Predator,” the organization’s 311 page report reads, the term “drone” is “a major obstacle to law enforcement’s ability to convince the public” that police drone programs…

Amazon and Orlando Cops’ Controversial Face Recognition Pilot Isn’t Over Amazon and Orlando Cops’ Controversial Face Recognition Pilot Isn’t Over

Contrary to earlier reports, Orlando police confirmed Monday they will renew a contract with Amazon to pilot its controversial face recognition software, Rekognition—a move that is sure to reignite concerns of privacy and civil liberties advocates who have pushed back against law enforcement’s use of the technology.

UK Reveals Plan for a Centralized Biometric Database That Sounds Like an Absolute Nightmare UK Reveals Plan for a Centralized Biometric Database That Sounds Like an Absolute Nightmare

The UK government’s Home Office released a report this week announcing plans for a forthcoming centralized biometric database of its citizens, compiling DNA, fingerprint, face, and possibly even voice data for law enforcement to access and share, according to the Telegraph. In addition to helping local police solve…

NSA: Sorry, Sorry, Trying to Delete NSA: Sorry, Sorry, Trying to Delete

In 2017, the NSA had a banner year of spying on Americans, managing to collect three times the number of call records than it did in the previous year. Now, it says there were some “technical irregularities” that resulted in it sucking up data the agency is not allowed to have. Its troubling solution is just to delete…

Face Recognition CEO Says Use of This Tech by Police Is 'Irresponsible and Dangerous' Face Recognition CEO Says Use of This Tech by Police Is 'Irresponsible and Dangerous'

Face recognition will be used to harm citizens if given to governments or police, writes Brian Brackeen, CEO of the face recognition and AI startup Kairos, in an op-ed published by TechCrunch today. Last week, news broke that bodycam maker Axon requested a partnership with Kairos to explore face recognition. Brackeen…

Bodycam Maker Axon Reportedly Tried to Buy Face Recognition Tech Bodycam Maker Axon Reportedly Tried to Buy Face Recognition Tech

Body camera manufacturer Axon requested a contract for face recognition software from an artificial intelligence startup, the Wall Street Journal reports, which stands to further fears from privacy advocates about the state of surveillance in America.

The Dangers of Tech's Privacy Promises The Dangers of Tech's Privacy Promises

Where do you go to tell a secret? Probably depends on the secret. What you’d feel comfortable murmuring to a friend in a private meeting is likely not what you’d say loudly to a coworker while your boss is in earshot. Online, we not only communicate, we calculate—based on who we’re speaking to, or what platform we’re…

Welcome to the Beesistance Welcome to the Beesistance

Apoidea, welcome to the resistance.

Researchers Develop Tech That Lets Surveillance Cameras Text to Say Hello  Researchers Develop Tech That Lets Surveillance Cameras Text to Say Hello 

Researchers at Purdue University have found a new way to get surveillance cameras to “talk” to the people they see. The system is called PHADE, which stands for “private human addressing,” and it enables cameras to send messages to people’s devices when they’ve entered a specific area without collecting their personal…

Australia Scraps Plans for National Biometric Crime Database Australia Scraps Plans for National Biometric Crime Database

The Australian government is ending its plans for a national biometric database meant to help police departments track suspects and other persons of interest, the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission announced Friday. Surveillance and security company NEC was awarded the contract in 2016, but after a…

China to Make RFID Chips Mandatory in Cars So the Government Can Track Citizens on the Road China to Make RFID Chips Mandatory in Cars So the Government Can Track Citizens on the Road

The Chinese government, in its ongoing pursuit to create the dystopian police state dreamed up in many a science fiction tale, is reportedly readying a new vehicle identification system that will be capable of monitoring the movement of citizens.

Homeland Security to Test Face Recognition at U.S.–Mexico Border Homeland Security to Test Face Recognition at U.S.–Mexico Border

Beginning in August, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will begin piloting a new face recognition system at the Mexican border. Using a series of cameras, the CBP plans to use face recognition to remotely check the identifies of both drivers and passengers.

Facebook's Data-Sharing Program for Phone Makers Included Chinese Telecom Giant Huawei Facebook's Data-Sharing Program for Phone Makers Included Chinese Telecom Giant Huawei

This weekend, news broke in the New York Times that Facebook’s habit of giving extensive user data to third parties extended to “at least 60 device makers” who were granted access to private Facebook APIs over the past decade. The social media giant has been trying to quash the story by insisting developers were only…

DJI and Taser Maker Axon Are Teaming Up to Make Cop Drones DJI and Taser Maker Axon Are Teaming Up to Make Cop Drones

On Tuesday, Axon announced it is partnering with dronemaker DJI to sell surveillance drones to U.S. police departments through a program dubbed “Axon Air.” The Taser and body camera manufacturer will work with DJI to offer drones linked to Evidence.com, Axon’s proprietary cloud-based data management system. The…

Indian College Puts Surveillance Cameras in Men's Room to Deter Cheating Indian College Puts Surveillance Cameras in Men's Room to Deter Cheating

Law students in India were horrified to learn CCTV surveillance cameras had been installed in men’s bathrooms at Dharam Samaj Degree College. The college installed them in men’s rooms nearest the classrooms conducting entrance exams for law and business degrees.

Personal Injury Law Firms Are Serving Ads to People While They're in the ER Personal Injury Law Firms Are Serving Ads to People While They're in the ER

Injury lawyers have historically used catchy jingles and memorable slogans to entice recovering patients to secure their services. Now, the 20-second TV or radio spot might soon be replaced with ads sent directly to the phones of patients as they sit in emergency rooms.

Amazon's Plan to Scan Your Face Even Has Police Worried It's Too Creepy, New Emails Show Amazon's Plan to Scan Your Face Even Has Police Worried It's Too Creepy, New Emails Show

Across the country, law enforcement agencies are teaming up with data firms to bring facial recognition to public spaces, including airports, schools, and even protests. Most of these efforts remain clouded in secrecy, but newly released documents from Oregon officials using Amazon’s facial recognition offer our…

School Districts Can Hardly Wait to Start Tracking Kids With Police State-Style Face Recognition School Districts Can Hardly Wait to Start Tracking Kids With Police State-Style Face Recognition

The most advanced technology in schools is no longer found only in classrooms, computer labs, and libraries. It’s in the networked cameras angled for maximum visibility, the weapons detectors at entrances, and soon, in an advanced surveillance system designed to identify threats—and it may be turned on students as…

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