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Genetics testing companies agree on rules to share data

Ancestry, 23andMe and other popular companies that offer genetic testing pledged on Tuesday to be upfront when they share users’ DNA data with researchers, hand it over to police or transfer it to other companies, a move aimed at addressing consumers’ mounting privacy concerns.

Source: Ancestry, 23andMe and others say they will follow these rules when giving DNA data to businesses or police – The Washington Post

Facebook Biometric Suit Moves Forward

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California recently ruled that a certified class action on behalf of Illinois Facebook users alleging that the social network unlawfully collects biometric data from photo tagging will go forward, denying both parties’ summary judgment motions.

Source: Facebook Biometric Suit Moves Forward

Facebook’s Push for Facial Recognition Prompts Privacy Alarms

Facebook is working to spread its face-matching tools even as it faces heightened scrutiny from regulators and legislators in Europe and North America. Already, more than a dozen privacy and consumer groups, and at least a few officials, argue that the company’s use of facial recognition has violated people’s privacy by not obtaining appropriate user consent.

Source: Facebook’s Push for Facial Recognition Prompts Privacy Alarms – The New York Times

DNA Tests on Separated Migrant Children Raise Privacy Issues

The Trump administration’s decision to use DNA testing to help reunite children separated from their parents at the Mexican border is sparking concerns among privacy advocates about how data will be used. Potential concerns include government surveillance of migrant families, or using the health information gleaned from DNA tests to deny access to services in the future. There are also concerns that DNA samples from children won’t be obtained with proper consent.

Source: DNA Tests on Separated Migrant Children Raise Privacy Issues – Bloomberg

Facial recognition software is not ready for use by law enforcement

Facial recognition technologies, used in the identification of suspects, negatively affects people of color. To deny this fact would be a lie. And clearly, facial recognition-powered government surveillance is an extraordinary invasion of the privacy of all citizens — and a slippery slope to losing control of our identities altogether. There’s really no “nice” way to acknowledge these things.

Read article: Facial recognition software is not ready for use by law enforcement | TechCrunch

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

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