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We underestimate the threat of facial recognition technology at our peril

Data could be used to draw conclusions about who you are, what you believe, what you have done – and what you might do in the future. The lack of safeguards combined with the centralisation of a massive amount of information raises the potential for abuse and ever-expanding mission creep.

Read article: We underestimate the threat of facial recognition technology at our peril | Cynthia Wong | Opinion | The Guardian

This powerful new “face search” engine could be a privacy nightmare

Cybersecurity firm Trustwave has released an open source tool to find accounts of large volumes of people across social media platforms by automatically matching names and profile pictures. The company says the tool, called Social Mapper, is designed for penetration testers who often phish employees at client companies to test security measures and gain access to computers. However, this tool might lead to privacy violations.

Source: This powerful new “face search” engine could be a privacy nightmare

Homeless shelter plans to ID clients with facial recognition

Agencies have struggled with how to identify clients that don’t have official ID, and one Calgary shelter thinks it might have a high-tech solution — facial recognition. However, this solution comes with privacy risks.

Read article: Homeless shelter plans to ID clients with facial recognition, but it’s a fix that comes with privacy risks | CBC News

10 ways China watches its citizens

From tracking the activity of mobile app users to setting up a social credit scorecard, the world’s most populated country is taking surveillance technology to new heights. With a population of 1.3 billion, China’s plan to create a facial recognition system that can identify people within three seconds – with a 90 per cent accuracy rate – may seem ambitious, but that does not stop it from trying.

Read full article: Drones, facial recognition and a social credit system: 10 ways China watches its citizens | South China Morning Post

Facial recognition system to be used in 2020 Tokyo Olympics

A facial recognition system will be used across an Olympics for the first time as Tokyo organizers work to keep security tight and efficient at dozens of venues during the 2020 Games. The NeoFace technology developed by NEC Corp. will be customized to monitor every accredited person – including athletes, officials, staff and media – at more than 40 venues, games villages and media centres.

Source: Facial recognition system set to be used in Olympic security | CTV News

Amazon’s facial-recognition tool misidentified 28 lawmakers as people arrested for a crime

Amazon.com’s facial recognition tools incorrectly identified 28 members of US Congress as people arrested for a crime during a test commissioned by the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California.

The CBC said the software was particularly risky because “communities of color are more heavily and aggressively policed than white communities,” meaning mistakes caused by faulty facial-recognition software could prove especially harmful.

Source: Amazon’s facial-recognition tool misidentified 28 lawmakers as people arrested for a crime, study finds – The Washington Post

Nice is building “safe city”, rising privacy concerns

After terrorist attack of July 14, 2016, French city of Nice has turned itself into a testing ground for surveillance technology. Growing opposition to cutting-edge security highlights how the use of systems like facial recognition and artificial intelligence to fight crime is on a collision course with advocates of data privacy.

Read full article: Two Years Ago Terror Struck. Now They’re Unsure of the Response – Bloomberg

Use of facial-imaging software for anti-fraud measures is legal, Minister says

The use of facial imaging software by the Irish Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection to detect potential identity fraud is “compliant with the law”, Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection Regina Doherty has said responding to parliamentary questions.

The Minister said the EU regulation “clarifies that the processing of certain personal data, such as photographs, should not systematically be considered as biometric data unless such personal data is processed through a specific technical means allowing the unique identification or authentication of a natural person”.

Source: Use of facial-imaging software for anti-fraud measures is legal, Minister says

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

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