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China’s Voice Biometric Collection Threatens Privacy

The Chinese government is collecting “voice pattern” samples of individuals to establish a national voice biometric database. Unlike other types of biometric collection, such as fingerprinting or DNA sampling, individuals may not even realize their voice pattern has been collected, or that they are under surveillance.

Source: China: Voice Biometric Collection Threatens Privacy | Human Rights Watch

‘Gaydar’ Shows How Creepy Algorithms Can Get

Artificial intelligence keeps getting creepier. In one controversial study, researchers at Stanford University have demonstrated that facial recognition technology can identify gay people with surprising precision, although many caveats apply. Imagine how that could be used in the many countries where homosexuality is a criminal offense.

Source: ‘Gaydar’ Shows How Creepy Algorithms Can Get – Bloomberg

Facial Recognition to Be Best Way to Unlock Your Next Phone?

Facial recognition is often discussed as a method law enforcement or private companies could use for identifying anyone from criminal suspects to loyal customers, but it can also be a powerful tool for consumers.

Source: Why Facial Recognition Could Be the Best Way to Unlock Your Next Phone

Apple’s FaceID – A Powerful Tool for Mass Spying?

Wired reported that, last Tuesday, Apple unveiled a new line of phones with one feature immediately falling under scrutiny: FaceID, a tool that would use facial recognition to identify individuals and unlock their phones. So why all the anxiety?

Source: Apple’s FaceID – A Powerful Tool for Mass Spying?

AI Will Soon Identify Protesters With Their Faces Partly Concealed

The research has troubling implications for protestors and other dissidents, who often work to make sure they aren’t ID’d at protests and other demonstrations by covering their faces with scarves or by wearing sunglasses. “To be honest when I was trying to come up with this method, I was just trying to focus on criminals,” Amarjot Singh, one of the researchers behind the paper and a Ph.D student at Cambridge University, told me on a phone call.

Source: AI Will Soon Identify Protesters With Their Faces Partly Concealed – Motherboard

What machines can tell from your face

Technology is rapidly catching up with the human ability to read faces. In America facial recognition is used by churches to track worshippers’ attendance; in Britain, by retailers to spot past shoplifters. This year Welsh police used it to arrest a suspect outside a football game. In China it verifies the identities of ride-hailing drivers, permits tourists to enter attractions and lets people pay for things with a smile. Apple’s new iPhone is expected to use it to unlock the homescreen.

Source: What machines can tell from your face

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