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How Taylor Swift showed us the scary future of facial recognition

Surveillance at concerts is just the beginning, as fears grow around an unregulated, billion-dollar industry.

Taylor Swift raised eyebrows late last year when Rolling Stone magazine revealed her security team had deployed facial recognition recognition technology during her Reputation tour to root out stalkers. But the company contracted for the efforts uses its technology to provide much more than just security. ISM Connect also uses its smart screens to capture metrics for promotion and marketing.

Full article: How Taylor Swift showed us the scary future of facial recognition

How should we regulate facial-recognition technology?

The privacy concerns with facial-recognition technology are obvious: Nothing is more “personal” than one’s face.

So how is the processing of facial data regulated, whether such data is collected by a government agency as in China, or by a private entity like Apple or Facebook? And as facial-recognition technology use becomes more pervasive (as widely predicted), what restrictions are appropriate in the future?

Full article: How should we regulate facial-recognition technology?

Amazon Is Pushing Facial Technology That a Study Says Could Be Biased

Over the last two years, Amazon has aggressively marketed its facial recognition technology to police departments and federal agencies as a service to help law enforcement identify suspects more quickly.

However, in new tests, Amazon’s system had more difficulty identifying the gender of female and darker-skinned faces than similar services from IBM and Microsoft.

Source: Amazon Is Pushing Facial Technology That a Study Says Could Be Biased – The New York Times

IBM releases diverse dataset to fight facial recognition bias

The tech giant released a trove of data containing 1 million images of faces taken from a Flickr dataset with 100 million photos and videos.

Researchers at the company hope that these specific details will help developers train their artificial intelligence-powered facial recognition systems to identify faces more fairly and accurately.

Full article: IBM releases diverse dataset to fight facial recognition bias

This little-known facial-recognition accuracy test has big influence

The closely watched NIST results released last November concluded that the entire industry has improved not just incrementally, but “massively.” It showed that at least 28 developers’ algorithms now outperform the most accurate algorithm from late 2013, and just 0.2 percent of all searches by all algorithms tested failed in 2018, compared with a 4 percent failure rate in 2014 and 5 percent rate in 2010.

Full article: This little-known facial-recognition accuracy test has big influence

Survey: Americans Warming to Use of Facial Recognition Tech

A growing number of Americans are OK with the facial recognition technology, especially if it increases public safety, according to a national survey released Monday.

The survey found only one in four Americans believe the federal government should strictly limit the use of facial biometrics technology. The survey also indicates Americans are more likely to support any apparent tradeoff to their own privacy caused by facial recognition technology if it benefits law enforcement, reduces shoplifting or speeds up airport security lines.

Full article: Survey: Americans Warming to Use of Facial Recognition Tech – Nextgov

Court tosses lawsuit over Google Photos’ facial recognition

A Chicago judge has granted Google a motion dismissing a lawsuit accusing the company of violating Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act by gathering biometric data from photos without permission. The plaintiffs couldn’t demonstrate that they’d suffered “concrete injuries” from the facial recognition system, according to the judge.

Full article: Court tosses lawsuit over Google Photos’ facial recognition

Airport Surveillance Takes Off in a New, Dangerous Direction

In 2018, we learned that expanded biometric surveillance is coming to an airport near you. This includes face recognition, iris scans, and fingerprints. And government agencies aren’t saying anything about how they will protect this highly sensitive information.

Full article: Year in Review: Airport Surveillance Takes Off in a New, Dangerous Direction | Electronic Frontier Foundation

Facial recognition technology to be used in London streets

Retail zones and shops in the UK capital are guaranteed to be bustling with consumers seeking out presents this Yuletide period. But central London shoppers themselves may also be getting picked out by new facial recognition technology implemented by Metropolitan police.

Source: Facial recognition technology to be used in London streets

Microsoft calls for AI facial-recognition laws

Microsoft wants new laws to put some constraints on the use and development of facial recognition.

Tech companies are faced with a “commercial race to the bottom”, which should have a “floor of responsibility” that allows competition but outlaws the use of facial recognition in ways that harm democratic freedom or enable discrimination.

The call to action comes as China increasingly adopts facial recognition to monitor public spaces. Analysts estimate China’s 200 million surveillance cameras will grow to 300 million in the next two years as tech companies beef up surveillance offerings.

Full article: Microsoft: Here’s why we need AI facial-recognition laws right now | ZDNet

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