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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

Facial image matching system risks ‘chilling effect’ on freedoms

Civil rights groups have warned a vast, powerful system allowing the near real-time matching of citizens’ facial images risks a “profound chilling effect” on protest and dissent. The technology collects and pools facial imagery from various state and federal government sources, including driver’s licences, passports and visas. The biometric information can then rapidly – almost in real time – be compared with other sources, such as CCTV footage, to match identities.

Full article: Facial image matching system risks ‘chilling effect’ on freedoms, rights groups say | World news | The Guardian

The EU plans to test an AI lie detector at border points

Trials for AI lie detection at border patrol checkpoints are set to begin soon in the EU. The program, called iBorderCtrl, will run for six months at four border crossing points in Hungary, Latvia and Greece with countries outside the European Union. iBorderCtrl is an EU-funded project that uses AI in order to facilitate faster border crossings for travelers.

The system has users fill out an online application and upload some documents, like their passport, before a virtual border guard takes over to ask questions. Travelers will answer while facing a webcam and the system will analyze and rate dozens of micro-gestures.

Source: The EU plans to test an AI lie detector at border points – The Verge

Will Your Face Be Enough to Get You on a Plane?

Facial recognition may soon be coming to an airport security line near you. Recently US Transportation Security Administration released a report outlining changes it is proposing on how passengers are screened before boarding their flights. Key among those changes is the proposal that passports and other forms of identification will eventually be replaced by biometric technology.

Source: Will Your Face Be Enough to Get You on a Plane? – The New York Times

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