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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

ACLU sues US government over its use of facial recognition at airports

The American Civil Liberties Union is suing the US government over its failure to reveal details about the use of facial recognition at airports.

ACLU and the New York Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit asking a federal court to order a range of federal agencies to hand over their records about the tech’s usage at airports.

The lawsuit centers on concerns that the government can use facial recognition to track our movements, and has refused to provide details about what it’s doing with the tech.

Source: ACLU sues US government over its use of facial recognition at airports

Halt public use of facial recognition tech, says UK’s equality watchdog

Equalities and Human Rights Commission says mass AFR surveillance is discriminatory and stifles free expression.

The Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) said the technology should be suspended until its impact has been independently scrutinised and laws governing its application improved.

Source: Halt public use of facial recognition tech, says equality watchdog | UK news | The Guardian

What Facebook’s $550M settlement teaches us about the future of facial recognition

In January, plaintiffs and Facebook reached the largest privacy settlement in U.S. history. Facebook agreed to settle for $550 million for violations of the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act.

This settlement will have far-reaching implications for all businesses using biometric identification techniques, such as facial recognition. California, Texas, Arkansas, New York and Washington all have some form of state law that regulates biometric privacy, and more states are working on legislation.

Full article: What Facebook’s $550M settlement teaches us about the future of facial recognition

Fine for processing students’ fingerprints imposed on a school

The President of the Personal Data Protection Office imposed a fine of PLN 20 000 in connection with the breach consisting in the processing of biometric data of children when using the school canteen.

The school processed special categories of data (biometric data) of 680 children without a legal basis, whereas in fact it could use other forms of students identification.

Source: Fine for processing students’ fingerprints imposed on a school

Police keeping drink-driver’s DNA breached his rights, Human Rights Court rules

UK police who indefinitely retained in their records the DNA profile of a man convicted of drink-driving breached his human rights, Strasbourg judges have ruled.

Gaughran had complained that the Police Service of Northern Ireland’s continued retention of his DNA profile (the digital record of his DNA sample), fingerprints and a photograph was a breach of his privacy.

Gaughran was arrested for drink-driving in 2008 and pleaded guilty at Newry magistrates court. He was disqualified from driving for a year.

The judges said Gaughran’s biometric data had been held without reference to the severity of his offence. The UK’s regulations failed to strike a fair balance between competing public and private interests, the ECHR concluded.

Source: Police keeping drink-driver’s DNA breached his rights, judges rule | UK news | The Guardian

European parliament says it will not use facial recognition tech

Statement comes after leaked memo on use of technology in security provoked outcry The European parliament has insisted it has no plans to introduce facial recognition technology after a leaked internal memo discussing its use in security provoked an outcry.

The European parliament has insisted it has no plans to introduce facial recognition technology after a leaked internal memo discussing its use in security provoked an outcry.

Source: European parliament says it will not use facial recognition tech

Facial recognition fails in China as people wear masks to avoid coronavirus

Face ID fails users as the China coronavirus outbreak sparks widespread adoption of surgical masks.

For hundreds of millions of people in China, the spread of the new coronavirus has caused abrupt changes to the smallest of habits — even a gesture that most in the country are used to by now: Looking into the camera for facial recognition.

Residents donning surgical face masks while venturing outside their homes or meeting strangers have found themselves in an unfamiliar conundrum. With their faces half-covered, some are unable to unlock their phones or use mobile payments with their faces.

Source: Facial recognition fails in China as people wear masks to avoid coronavirus – Face ID fails users as the China coronavirus outbreak sparks widespread adoption of surgical masks | Abacus

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