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Dutch police facial recognition database includes 1.3 million people

A database used by the Dutch police for facial recognition technology currently includes 1.3 million people and 2.2 million photos.

A photo is added to the database if someone is suspected of committing a crime with a jail sentence of at least four years attached.

As yet, there is no real debate in the Netherlands about facial recognition technology, and what discussion there is takes place ‘behind the screen’.

Source: Dutch police facial recognition database includes 1.3 million people – DutchNews.nl

New bill could ban facial recognition in public housing

The No Biometric Barriers to Housing Act is expected to be introduced this week. The bill would prohibit the use of facial recognition technology in public housing units that receive funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

The proposed bills follows after tenants in Brooklyn filed a legal opposition to their landlord’s application to install a facial recognition entry system. The tenants argued that the use of facial recognition technology was an excessive invasion of privacy.

Source: New bill could ban facial recognition in public housing

This jewelry is a shield against face recognition

For now, it’s an art project, not a product—but it’s a powerful and stylish one.

Nowak’s design must be molded to the wearer’s face to be effective, so she currently has no plans to mass-produce what she considers to be a conceptual work of art rather than a product.

Full article: This jewelry is a shield against face recognition

FaceApp responds to privacy concerns as senator asks FBI, FTC to investigate Russian app

The photo-editing app’s ability to realistically age people has seen its popularity surge, but privacy concerns over the Russian-developed program have resulted in calls for it to be investigated by the FBI and FTC.

Questions have been asked over whether the application, which has its headquarters in Saint Petersburg, Russia, is stating clearly that users’ photos are being uploaded to the cloud for processing, rather than it taking place on the device.

Source: FaceApp responds to privacy concerns as senator asks FBI, FTC to investigate Russian app – TechSpot

Automated facial recognition trials backed by UK home secretary

Home Secretary Sajid Javid has given his backing to the police in their trials of facial recognition cameras.

The surveillance software, which is designed to help spot suspects in public spaces, has been trialled by several forces, including the Met.

Civil liberties campaigners have criticised the technology, which is the subject of a legal challenge.

Source: Automated facial recognition trials backed by home secretary – BBC News

FaceApp is back and so are privacy concerns

FaceApp, a Russia-based app that applies filters to photos, is having another moment in the spotlight this week.

The app first went viral in 2017, but this time it’s catching on because of a filter that makes users look older or younger. As with the last viral moment, however, users have been surprised to learn that the app’s creators are harvesting metadata from their photos.

Full article: FaceApp is back and so are privacy concerns – The Verge

Facial Recognition Tech Is Growing Stronger, Thanks to Your Face

Large databases, built with images from social networks and dating services, contain millions of pictures of people’s faces. Some are shared worldwide. There is no oversight of the data sets.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials employed facial recognition technology to scan motorists’ photos to identify undocumented immigrants. The F.B.I. also spent more than a decade using such systems to compare driver’s license and visa photos against the faces of suspected criminals.

Full article: Facial Recognition Tech Is Growing Stronger, Thanks to Your Face – The New York Times

Facebook’s face recognition software should worry us.

Facebook holds “the largest facial dataset to date”—powered by DeepFace, Facebook’s deep-learning facial recognition system.

Policymakers and experts are now beginning to weigh how the government’s use of facial recognition should be regulated and constrained. A crackdown on how government agencies can use the technology needs to consider how companies do, too.

Full article: Facebook’s face recognition software should worry us.

You’re responsible for getting permission from subjects if you want to use Windows Photos’ facial recog feature

Microsoft has begun rolling out an update to the Photos app in Windows 10 that prompts you to confirm “all appropriate consents from the people in your photos and videos”, in order to use facial recog to find snaps of your friends and loved ones.

Microsoft has decided that additional safeguards are needed, and has come up with the notion that you should obtain “appropriate consents” from the people in your pictures.

Full article: You’re responsible for getting permission from subjects if you want to use Windows Photos’ facial recog feature • The Register

Facial recognition smart glasses could make public surveillance discreet and ubiquitous

A new product from UAE firm NNTC shows where this tech is headed next. The AR glasses have an 8-megapixel camera embedded in the frame which allows the wearer to scan faces in a crowd and compare with a database of 1 million images.

Technology like this means law enforcement agencies can adopt facial recognition algorithms and use them in public spaces with less hassle and fewer distractions. That means it’s likely to be used more widely.

Source: Facial recognition smart glasses could make public surveillance discreet and ubiquitous – The Verge

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