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Russian use of facial recognition technology challenged at ECHR

Activist Alyona Popova and politician Vladimir Milov have lodged a complaint to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) about Russia’s use of facial recognition technology.

The lawsuit is the first laid before the court challenging use of the technology for mass surveillance, according to Human Rights Watch, citing Popova’s and Milov’s lawyer, Kirill Koroteyev.

Source: Russian use of facial recognition technology challenged at ECHR

Many Police Departments Have Software That Can Identify People In Crowds

BriefCam, a facial recognition and surveillance video analysis company, sells the ability to surveil protesters and enforce social distancing — without the public knowing.

BriefCam shows the line between contact tracing, policing, and surveillance can be thin — as cities can spend tens of thousands of dollars for powerful technology, with few restrictions on how police can use it.

Source: Many Police Departments Have Software That Can Identify People In Crowds

Russia to Install ‘Orwell’ Facial Recognition Tech in Every School

More than 43,000 Russian schools will be equipped with facial recognition cameras ominously named “Orwell”.

The state technology firm Rusnano’s Orwell platform is described as a image-recognition monitoring system that uses computer vision algorithms. It will be integrated with face recognition developed by NTechLab, a subsidiary of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s close associate Sergei Chemezov’s Rostec conglomerate.

The technology will ensure children’s safety by monitoring their movements and identifying outsiders on the premises.

Source: Russia to Install ‘Orwell’ Facial Recognition Tech in Every School – Vedomosti – The Moscow Times

Facial recognition developed by Clearview AI likely illegal in Europe

The European Data Protection Board warned that Clearview AI’s technology is likely to be illegal in Europe.

Clearview AI’s software allows organizations to match pictures of people’s faces to a database containing more than 3 billion images that have been taken from social media platforms and other websites.

Source: Facial recognition developed by Clearview AI likely illegal in Europe

São Paulo subway facial recognition system slammed over user data security and privacy

A new surveillance system is deemed “inefficient and dangerous” as it fails to protect the personal information of 4 million daily users, associations say.

The current legacy system includes an estate of non-integrated 2200 cameras that will be replaced by 5200 digital high-definition cameras controlled centrally. But the company responsible for the operation of São Paulo’s subway system has failed to demonstrate sufficient evidence that it is ensuring the protection of user privacy in the implementation of a new platform that will use facial recognition technology.

Source: São Paulo subway facial recognition system slammed over user data security and privacy | ZDNet

Bill to Ban Face Surveillance Introduced in US Congress

Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), along with Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) and Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (MA-07) today introduced legislation to stop government use of biometric surveillance, including facial recognition tools.

The Facial Recognition and Biometric Technology Moratorium Act prohibits the use of facial recognition and other biometric technologies by federal agencies, including Customs and Border Protection.

Source: Bill to Ban Face Surveillance Introduced in Congress

Wrongfully Accused by an Algorithm

In what may be the first known case of its kind, a faulty facial recognition match led to a Michigan man’s arrest for a crime he did not commit.

Mr. Williams’s case combines flawed technology with poor police work, illustrating how facial recognition can go awry.

Full article: Wrongfully Accused by an Algorithm – The New York Times

EU to pay 300 million EUR for face and fingerprint recognition

The European Union has awarded a major contract for a new fingerprint and face recognition system. A consortium consisting of the two French companies IDEMIA and Sopra Steria is to set up and subsequently manage a Shared Biometric Matching System (sBMS).

For this purpose, fingerprints and facial images from five databases will be stored in a single file. Completion is planned in two years, but in an earlier large-scale IT project of the EU, one of the partners was seven years behind schedule.

Source: Project Interoperability: EU to pay 300 million EUR for face and fingerprint recognition – Matthias Monroy

PwC facial recognition tool criticised for home working privacy invasion

Accounting giant PwC has come under fire for the development of a facial recognition tool that logs when employees are absent from their computer screens while they work from home.

The technology, which is being developed specifically for financial institutions, recognises the faces of workers via their computer’s webcam and requires them to provide a written reason for any absences, including toilet breaks.

Source: PwC facial recognition tool criticised for home working privacy invasion – Personnel Today

Google Fights Privacy Suit Over Facial-Recognition Technology

Google plans to fight a potential class-action lawsuit over faceprints by arguing that the Illinois biometric privacy law doesn’t apply to data derived from photos — even though other judges haverejected that contention — according to court papers filed Monday.

The court papers come in response to a class-action complaint filed in February in San Jose, California, by Illinois resident Brandon Molander.

Source: Google Fights Privacy Suit Over Facial-Recognition Technology 06/17/2020

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