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How Grassroots Coalition Beat Facial Recognition in New Orleans

Last December, the city of New Orleans voted to ban facial recognition, joining Oakland, Somerville, Portland, San Francisco, and other cities that have successfully pushed back against the widely-criticized surveillance technology.

Across the US, various nonprofits and politicians have opposed police use of facial recognition, predictive policing, and other technologies which are known to disproportionately target communities of color.

Full article: How Musicians and Sex Workers Beat Facial Recognition in New Orleans

Surveillance Camera Hack Raises Legal Risk of Digital Device Use

A recent hack into a massive collection of security camera data from Verkada Inc. shows the cyber and privacy-related vulnerabilities of digital devices that could give way to lawsuits and government enforcement actions.

The Verkada hack could bring attention from the Federal Trade Commission and state attorneys general who enforce laws protecting against unfair and deceptive business practices. The company also could be found liable under state-level data breach laws that require security controls to be in place.

Wiretapping laws could come into play, too, if there are audio recordings implicated in the hack. So could health privacy laws, for hacked video footage from hospitals or clinics.

Full article: Surveillance Camera Hack Raises Legal Risk of Digital Device Use

Hackers Breach Thousands of Security Cameras, Exposing Tesla, Jails, Hospitals

A group of hackers say they breached a massive trove of security-camera data collected by Silicon Valley startup Verkada Inc., gaining access to live feeds of 150,000 surveillance cameras inside hospitals, companies, police departments, prisons and schools.

Companies whose footage was exposed include carmaker Tesla Inc. and software provider Cloudflare Inc. In addition, hackers were able to view video from inside women’s health clinics, psychiatric hospitals and the offices of Verkada itself. Some of the cameras, including in hospitals, use facial-recognition technology to identify and categorize people captured on the footage. The hackers say they also have access to the full video archive of all Verkada customers.

Source: Tesla (TSLA), Cloudfare (NET) Breached in Verkada Security Camera Hack – Bloomberg

Police To Use A Network Of 1,000 “Anveshak” AI Cameras To “Spotlight” A Person’s Every Movement

Indian Institute of Science (IISc) researchers have figured out a way to turn a vast network of CCTV cameras into one massive surveillance network, which can target a specific vehicle or person.

Police can use Anveshak’s artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms to track an individual’s movements by using multiple surveillance cameras from various sources. Anveshak will allow law enforcement to use a vast network of public and private surveillance cameras to track an individual persons movement’s between blindspots.

Source: Police To Use A Network Of 1,000 “Anveshak” AI Cameras To “Spotlight” A Person’s Every Movement | MassPrivateI

A Home Security Tech Hacked Into Cameras To Watch People Undressing And Having Sex

A home security technician admitted Thursday that he secretly accessed the cameras of more than 200 customers, particularly attractive women, to spy on while they undressed, slept, or had sex, federal prosecutors said.

Telesforo Aviles, a 35-year-old former employee for the security company ADT, admitted he secretly accessed the customers’ accounts more than 9,600 times over more than four years, according to a guilty plea submitted in court.

Source: A Home Security Tech Hacked Into Cameras To Watch People Undressing And Having Sex, Prosecutors Say

German DPA fines company 10.4 million euros for monitoring employees without legal basis

The State Commissioner for Data Protection (LfD) Lower Saxony has imposed a fine of 10.4 million euros on notebooksbilliger.de AG. The company had video-monitored its employees for at least two years without any legal basis.

The illegal cameras recorded workplaces, sales rooms, warehouses and common areas, among other things. The company claimed that the aim of the installed video cameras was to prevent and investigate criminal offenses and to track the flow of goods in the warehouses. In order to prevent theft, a company must first examine milder means (e.g. random bag checks when leaving the business premises). Video surveillance to uncover criminal offenses is also only lawful if there is justified suspicion against specific persons.

Source: LfD Niedersachsen imposes a fine of 10.4 million euros on notebooksbilliger.de | The State Commissioner for Data Protection Lower Saxony

Varanasi Is Using Crime Control as an Excuse for Facial Recognition Surveillance

Varanasi in India is installing 3,000 CCTV cameras with automated facial recognition tech at the city’s crossings.

Authorities say the sole purpose of these cameras is to advance security measures and track suspected criminals. The project will connect all the police stations in the city to this CCTV network, with 500 kilometres of optical fibre being laid at 700 points in the city. This advanced technology is meant to help identify people by matching their digital images, photos and video feed with the existing database.

Source: Varanasi Is Using Crime Control as an Excuse for Facial Recognition Surveillance

Leaks and lawsuits blight Russia facial recognition

The rise of cloud computing and AI technologies have popularised the technology globally, with supporters saying it promises greater security and efficiency.

With more than 105,000 cameras, Moscow boasts one of the world’s most comprehensive surveillance systems. It became fully operational this year and authorities say it has cut crime and helped the city enforce coronavirus lockdown restrictions.

But the backlash is growing, too, as critics say benefits come at the cost of lost privacy and increased surveillance. The rights activists say cameras have been used to monitor political rallies and a lack of clear rules allows for abuse.

Full article: Leaks and lawsuits blight Russia facial recognition

Surveillance Startup Used Own Cameras to Harass Coworkers

Verkada, a fast-growing Silicon Valley surveillance startup, equips its offices in downtown San Mateo, California, with its own state-of-the-art security cameras.

Last year, a sales director on the company’s sales team abused their access to these cameras to take and post photos of colleagues in a Slack channel where they made sexually explicit jokes about women who worked at the company.

Source: Surveillance Startup Used Own Cameras to Harass Coworkers

Doorbell Cameras Help to Spy on Police

Two leaked documents show how a monitoring tool used by police has been turned against them.

The rise of the internet-connected home security camera has generally been a boon to police, as owners of these devices can (and frequently do) share footage with cops at the touch of a button. But according to a leaked FBI bulletin, law enforcement has discovered an ironic downside to ubiquitous privatized surveillance: The cameras are alerting residents when police show up to conduct searches.

Source: Doorbell Cameras Like Ring Give Early Warning of Police Searches, FBI Warned

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