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Microsoft to end investments in facial recognition firms after AnyVision controversy

Microsoft says it will no longer invest in third-party facial recognition companies following a controversy around its funding of Israeli startup AnyVision, which critics and human rights activists say powered a surveillance program in the West Bank following an NBC News report about the company’s relationship with the Israeli government.

Microsoft now says an independent investigation led by former US Attorney General Eric Holder and his team at international law firm Covington & Burling found that “AnyVision’s technology has not previously and does not currently power a mass surveillance program in the West Bank that has been alleged in media reports.” Had it done so, Microsoft says it would have constituted a breach of the finance portfolio’s pledge on ethical facial recognition use. Regardless, Microsoft says it is divesting from AnyVision and will no longer make minority investments in any facial recognition firms.

Source: Microsoft to end investments in facial recognition firms after AnyVision controversy – The Verge

Facial Recognition to Check Pedestrians at Texas Border Crossing

U.S. Customs and Border Protection in Texas announced that it will begin monitoring pedestrian traffic through the Brownsville Port of Entry with biometric technology. Critics say the technology has flaws and violates privacy rights.

The technology seeks to compare the image to passport and ID photos already stored in government records, according to the agency. It stated in a press release that it “has used biometric facial comparison to interdict more than 250 imposters who attempted to cross the Southwest Border using another person’s travel document” since Sept. 2018.

Source: Facial Recognition to Check Pedestrians at Border Crossing

Clearview AI Reportedly Worked On a Mug Shot Repository to Go With Its Face Recognition App

The controversial facial recognition firm Clearview AI has already landed in hot water for purportedly letting both law enforcement and rich investors play around in its database of billions of photos scraped from the public internet.

However, a new report suggests the company didn’t just stop there. Apparently, at one point Clearview AI aimed to compile a nationwide repository of mug shots from the last 15 years.

Source: Clearview AI Reportedly Worked On a Mug Shot Repository to Go With Its Face Recognition App

This Filter Makes Your Photos Invisible to Facial Recognition

Digital cloaking, and how you can reclaim a modicum of digital privacy.

A.I. researchers are starting to think about how technology can solve the problem it created. Algorithms with names like “PrivacyNet” and “AnonymousNet” and “Fawkes” now offer a glimmer of refuge from the facial recognition algorithms trawling the public web.

Full article: This Filter Makes Your Photos Invisible to Facial Recognition

France issues first legal decision on facial recognition

The Administrative Court (TA) of Marseille has made its decision regarding the use of facial recognition technology at two French high schools.

In a hearing before the TA, with La Quadrature du Net, The Human Rights League, the FCPE and CGT Educ’Action des Alpes Maritimes, the installation of a facial recognition system at the entrance of two French high schools were discussed.

TA ruled against the installation of the technology, stating that its deployment violated the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), as students were not able to provide consent “to the collection of personal data in a free and informed manner.”

Additionally, the court ruled that the technology was a disproportionate measure to manage the high school, especially with other alternative measures being available and less detrimental to students’ rights.

Source: #Privacy: France issues first legal decision on facial recognition

China Develops Facial Recognition Tech to Identify People Wearing Coronavirus Masks

A major client of the Beijing-based Hanwang Technology Ltd, which developed this technology, is the Ministry of Public Security, which runs the police.

A Chinese company says it has developed the country’s first facial recognition technology that can identify people when they are wearing a mask, as most are these days because of the coronavirus, and help in the fight against the disease.

China employs some of the world’s most sophisticated systems of electronic surveillance, including facial recognition. But the coronavirus, which emerged in Hubei province late last year, has resulted in almost everyone wearing a surgical mask outdoors in the hope of warding off the virus, posing a particular problem for surveillance.

Source: China Develops Facial Recognition Tech to Identify People Wearing Coronavirus Masks

Clearview AI facial recognition app maker sued by Vermont

The complaint alleges that the facial recognition company’s scraping of images for its database violates state privacy laws.

Vermont’s complaint alleges Clearview AI violates the state’s Consumer Protection Act by collecting facial recognition data of Vermont residents, including children, without their consent. It also alleges that the “screen scraping” Clearview AI uses to collect the data violates the state’s new Data Broker Law, which targets companies that collect and sell data on consumers.

Source: Clearview AI facial recognition app maker sued by Vermont – CNET

Police Used Facial Recognition to Arrest Over 1,100 People in India Last Month

Shortly after one of the worst riots New Delhi has seen in decades, law enforcement agencies in India used facial recognition technology to identify more than 1,100 people who allegedly took part in those riots at the end of February.

India’s home minister, Amit Shah, told parliament that law enforcement provided its facial recognition system with photos from government-issued IDs, like drivers licenses, and other databases.

Source: Police Used Facial Recognition to Arrest Over 1,100 People in India Last Month

ACLU sues US government over its use of facial recognition at airports

The American Civil Liberties Union is suing the US government over its failure to reveal details about the use of facial recognition at airports.

ACLU and the New York Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit asking a federal court to order a range of federal agencies to hand over their records about the tech’s usage at airports.

The lawsuit centers on concerns that the government can use facial recognition to track our movements, and has refused to provide details about what it’s doing with the tech.

Source: ACLU sues US government over its use of facial recognition at airports

Halt public use of facial recognition tech, says UK’s equality watchdog

Equalities and Human Rights Commission says mass AFR surveillance is discriminatory and stifles free expression.

The Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) said the technology should be suspended until its impact has been independently scrutinised and laws governing its application improved.

Source: Halt public use of facial recognition tech, says equality watchdog | UK news | The Guardian

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