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London cops’ facial recognition doesn’t work

London cops’ facial recognition kit has only correctly identified two people to date – neither of whom were criminals – and the UK capital’s police force has made no arrests using it. Police’s automated facial recognition (AFR) technology has a 98 per cent false positive rate.

Source: Zero arrests, 2 correct matches, no criminals: London cops’ facial recog tech slammed • The Register

This AI Knows Who You Are by the Way You Walk

Our individual walking styles, much like snowflakes, are unique. With this in mind, computer scientists have developed a powerful new footstep-recognition system using AI, and it could theoretically replace retinal scanners and fingerprinting at security checkpoints, including airports.

Source: This AI Knows Who You Are by the Way You Walk

Why a DNA data breach is much worse than a credit card leak

Why would hackers want DNA information specifically? And what are the implications of a big DNA breach? One simple reason is that hackers might want to sell DNA data back for ransom. Or hackers could threaten to revoke access or post the sensitive information online if not given money.  But there are reasons genetic data specifically could be lucrative.

“This data could be sold on the down-low or monetized to insurance companies. You can imagine the consequences: One day, I might apply for a long-term loan and get rejected because deep in the corporate system, there is data that I am very likely to get Alzheimer’s and die before I would repay the loan.”

Source: Why a DNA data breach is much worse than a credit card leak – The Verge

Researchers develop AI that can defeat facial recognition systems

Researchers at the University of Toronto have developed an adversarial neural network that can defeat facial recognition systems. Researchers claim that their algorithm reduces the proportion of detected faces in facial recognition systems to 0.5 percent.

Source: University of Toronto researchers develop AI that can defeat facial recognition systems | VentureBeat

Amazon Is Under Fire for Selling Controversial Facial Recognition Tech to Police

The American Civil Liberties Union and other privacy activists are asking Amazon to stop marketing a powerful facial recognition tool to police, saying law enforcement agencies could use the technology to “easily build a system to automate the identification and tracking of anyone.”

Source: ACLU to Amazon: Don’t Market Face Recognition Tech to Police | Time

Facial Recognition Tech Is Creepy When It Works—And Creepier When It Doesn’t

It’s a powerful tool, but recent incidents have shown that there’s no winning with facial recognition.

For an extreme example of what can go wrong, take data recently released by an EU Freedom of Information request and then posted by the South Wales police. It shows that at the Champions League final game in Cardiff last year, South Wales police logged 173 true face matches and wrongly identified a whopping 2,297 people as suspicious—a 92 percent false positive rate.

Source: Facial Recognition Tech Is Creepy When It Works—And Creepier When It Doesn’t | WIRED

Russia’s Draft law proposes data subjects “choose processing purposes”

The Ministry of Telecommunications and Mass Communications of the Russian Federation (‘Minsvyaz’) issued, on 25 April 2018, a draft Federal Law on Amending the Federal Law of 27 July 2006 No. 152-FZ On Personal Data.

In particular, the Draft Law proposes to amend Articles 9 and 11 of the Federal Law of 27 July 2006 No. 152-FZ On Personal Data in order to regulate consent for the processing of personal data, as well as to introduce a requirement to obtain consent for the processing of biometric data.

Source: Russia: Draft law proposes data subjects “choose processing purposes”

EU Commission proposes making fingerprints mandatory in ID cards

Identity cards held by EU citizens will be required to include digital images of the holder’s fingerprints as part of a crackdown on fraudulent documents used by criminals and extremists, the European Commission has proposed.

In a proposal likely to make waves in countries such as Germany, whose history has made data privacy a guarded asset, the Commission wants to do away with paper-based identity documents that are easy to falsify and can be used to enter the bloc from non-EU countries.

Source: EU Commission proposes making fingerprints mandatory in ID cards | Reuters

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