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São Paulo subway facial recognition system slammed over user data security and privacy

A new surveillance system is deemed “inefficient and dangerous” as it fails to protect the personal information of 4 million daily users, associations say.

The current legacy system includes an estate of non-integrated 2200 cameras that will be replaced by 5200 digital high-definition cameras controlled centrally. But the company responsible for the operation of São Paulo’s subway system has failed to demonstrate sufficient evidence that it is ensuring the protection of user privacy in the implementation of a new platform that will use facial recognition technology.

Source: São Paulo subway facial recognition system slammed over user data security and privacy | ZDNet

Bill to Ban Face Surveillance Introduced in US Congress

Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), along with Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) and Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (MA-07) today introduced legislation to stop government use of biometric surveillance, including facial recognition tools.

The Facial Recognition and Biometric Technology Moratorium Act prohibits the use of facial recognition and other biometric technologies by federal agencies, including Customs and Border Protection.

Source: Bill to Ban Face Surveillance Introduced in Congress

EU to pay 300 million EUR for face and fingerprint recognition

The European Union has awarded a major contract for a new fingerprint and face recognition system. A consortium consisting of the two French companies IDEMIA and Sopra Steria is to set up and subsequently manage a Shared Biometric Matching System (sBMS).

For this purpose, fingerprints and facial images from five databases will be stored in a single file. Completion is planned in two years, but in an earlier large-scale IT project of the EU, one of the partners was seven years behind schedule.

Source: Project Interoperability: EU to pay 300 million EUR for face and fingerprint recognition – Matthias Monroy

Amazon Bans Police Use of Its Face Recognition for a Year

Amazon on Wednesday banned police use of its face-recognition technology for a year, making it the latest tech giant to step back from law-enforcement use of systems that have been criticized for incorrectly identifying people with darker skin.

Amazon said it will still allow organizations such as the International Center for Missing and Exploited Children to use the technology.

Source: Amazon Bans Police Use of Its Face Recognition for a Year | Time

IBM ends all facial recognition business

IBM CEO Arvind Krishna announced that the company would no longer sell facial recognition services, calling for a “national dialogue” on whether it should be used at all.

It’s unclear whether or how the company will continue to perform AI research along these lines.

Source: IBM ends all facial recognition business as CEO calls out bias and inequality | TechCrunch

New Facial Recognition Tech Only Needs Your Eyes and Eyebrows

Facial recognition company Rank One has released a new form of facial recognition called periocular recognition, which can supposedly identify individuals by just their eyes and eyebrows.

Rank One says the new system uses an entirely different algorithm from its standard facial recognition system and is specifically meant for masked individuals.

Source: New Facial Recognition Tech Only Needs Your Eyes and Eyebrows

Dutch DPA imposes fine on employer processing fingerprints of employees

The Dutch Data Protection Authority (Autoriteit Persoonsgegevens) issued a fine of EUR 725,000 for a company unlawfully processing fingerprints of its employees for attendance and time registration purposes.

The Dutch DPA concluded that the company in question did not have appropriate legal basis for processing fingerprints. First of all, the employer was not able to provide prove of having obtained explicit consent of employees.

Secondly, the Dutch DPA concluded that the “necessity” exception can only be relied upon when buildings and information systems need to be secured in such a way that this cannot be done without using (only) biometrics.

Source: The Netherlands: Fine imposed on employer processing fingerprints of employees

Facial Recognition to Check Pedestrians at Texas Border Crossing

U.S. Customs and Border Protection in Texas announced that it will begin monitoring pedestrian traffic through the Brownsville Port of Entry with biometric technology. Critics say the technology has flaws and violates privacy rights.

The technology seeks to compare the image to passport and ID photos already stored in government records, according to the agency. It stated in a press release that it “has used biometric facial comparison to interdict more than 250 imposters who attempted to cross the Southwest Border using another person’s travel document” since Sept. 2018.

Source: Facial Recognition to Check Pedestrians at Border Crossing

China Develops Facial Recognition Tech to Identify People Wearing Coronavirus Masks

A major client of the Beijing-based Hanwang Technology Ltd, which developed this technology, is the Ministry of Public Security, which runs the police.

A Chinese company says it has developed the country’s first facial recognition technology that can identify people when they are wearing a mask, as most are these days because of the coronavirus, and help in the fight against the disease.

China employs some of the world’s most sophisticated systems of electronic surveillance, including facial recognition. But the coronavirus, which emerged in Hubei province late last year, has resulted in almost everyone wearing a surgical mask outdoors in the hope of warding off the virus, posing a particular problem for surveillance.

Source: China Develops Facial Recognition Tech to Identify People Wearing Coronavirus Masks

Police Used Facial Recognition to Arrest Over 1,100 People in India Last Month

Shortly after one of the worst riots New Delhi has seen in decades, law enforcement agencies in India used facial recognition technology to identify more than 1,100 people who allegedly took part in those riots at the end of February.

India’s home minister, Amit Shah, told parliament that law enforcement provided its facial recognition system with photos from government-issued IDs, like drivers licenses, and other databases.

Source: Police Used Facial Recognition to Arrest Over 1,100 People in India Last Month

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