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FTC Orders Photo App to Delete Algorithms Built on Personal Data

The Federal Trade Commission has reached a settlement with Everalbum, Inc., a California-based developer of a photo storage app, on allegations that it deceived consumers about its use of facial recognition technology and its retention of the photos and videos of users who deactivated their accounts.

The proposed order requires the company to delete the facial recognition technologies it illegally developed using the photos and videos uploaded by its users. The company allowed some Ever app users—those located in Illinois, Texas, and Washington state —to choose whether to turn on the face recognition feature, while it was automatically active for all other users and could not be turned off.

Source: FTC Orders Photo App to Delete Algorithms Built on Personal Data

Experian warns of facial recognition, synthetic ID fraud

The widespread shift to e-commerce and touchless payments during the pandemic has escalated fraud risk in those channels, including the possibility of fraudsters combining altered photos with synthetic ID, Experian warns.

A trick Experian is calling “Frankenstein IDs” could see fraudsters this year using machine learning to invent fake facial images, which combined with fictional identities could add a new and more virulent edge to fast-growing synthetic ID fraud, the global information company said in a new forecast.

Full article: Experian warns of facial recognition, synthetic ID fraud | PaymentsSource

Intel launches RealSense ID camera system for on-device facial recognition

Intel expanded its family of RealSense 3D cameras with an on-device system for facial recognition. Intel said its new RealSense ID camera system combines an active depth sensor with a specialized neural network designed to perform facial authentication on consumer-facing devices such as point-of-sale systems, ATMs and kiosks.

Intel’s RealSense 3D technology uses cameras to measure depth and enable computing systems to read facial expressions and gestures. This latest RealSense ID system takes that core technology and packages it in a way that makes it easier to use in retail and secure access control scenarios.

Source: Intel launches RealSense ID camera system for on-device facial recognition | ZDNet

Facial recognition identifies people wearing masks

Japanese company NEC, which develops facial-recognition systems, has launched one that it claims can identify people wearing masks.

It hones in on parts of the face that are not covered up, such as the eyes, to verify their identity.

Verification takes less than one second, with an accuracy rate of more than 99.9%, NEC says.

Source: Facial recognition identifies people wearing masks – BBC News

New York Temporarily Bans Facial Recognition Technology in Schools

On December 22, 2020, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law legislation that temporarily bans the use or purchase of facial recognition and other biometric identifying technology in public and private schools until at least July 1, 2022.

The legislation also directs the New York Commissioner of Education to conduct a study on whether this technology is appropriate for use in schools. In his press statement, Governor Cuomo indicated that the legislation comes after concerns were raised about potential risks to students, including issues surrounding misidentification by the technology as well as safety, security and privacy concerns.

Source: New York Temporarily Bans Facial Recognition Technology in Schools

Facial recognition’s fate could be decided in 2021

At stake is the role facial recognition will play as society weighs the importance of security over civil liberties. Though millions of consumers use the technology every day through the Face ID feature on their iPhones, opponents worry that the public use of facial recognition is an invasion of your personal privacy.

Others warn that the algorithms are flawed, often showing bias against women and minorities. 2020 saw its share of headlines on the topic.

A number of lawsuits and legislative measures mean the debate over the use of facial recognition is poised to ramp up.

Full article: Facial recognition’s fate could be decided in 2021 – CNET

Huawei worked on several surveillance systems promoted to identify ethnicity

Facing an international outcry over its testing of a “Uighur alarm” system, Huawei said it is committed to human rights “at the highest level.”

But the tech giant has worked with dozens of security contractors to develop surveillance products, some of which were touted as being able to identify a person’s ethnicity or to help suppress potential protests, according to company marketing documents that shed light on a little-publicized corner of one of China’s most valuable tech empires.

Source: ‘Uighur alarm’ wasn’t only Huawei product touted to identify ethnicity – The Washington Post

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

Why facial recognition thermometers are raising privacy concerns during the pandemic?

Thermal imaging thermometers with facial recognition are popping up during the pandemic. But, privacy concerns have been raised.

The new technology looks like a tablet connected to a stand that scans a person’s temperature from the shoulders up. But, some devices—like ones that were used in schools, according to Wired—also come with facial recognition technology. The facial recognition feature in the temperature checkers are also being used by employers.

Given the privacy concerns that have been raised with facial recognition technology as a whole, experts have raised alarms about its use during the coronavirus pandemic.

Full article: What are Facial Recognition Thermometers and Who’s Using Them?

LAPD Bans Use Of Commercial Facial Recognition

The Los Angeles Police Department has banned the use of commercial facial recognition systems.

The LAPD, the third-largest police department in the United States, issued a moratorium on the use of third-party facial recognition software on Nov. 13

News showed that its officers were using Clearview AI, a facial recognition platform that has taken data from Facebook and other social media platforms.

Source: LAPD Bans Use Of Commercial Facial Recognition

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