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Chinese shoppers adopt facial payments in cashless drive

China’s shoppers are increasingly purchasing goods with just a turn of their heads as the country embraces facial payment technology.

The software is already widely used, often to monitor citizens – it has been credited with nabbing jaywalkers and catching criminals. But authorities have come under fire for using it to crack down and monitor dissent, particularly in China’s surveillance-heavy region of Xinjiang.

Despite the concerns over data security and privacy, consumers seem unperturbed as facial recognition payment hits the high streets.

Source: Chinese shoppers adopt facial payments in cashless drive | Technology – Gulf News

Facebook will no longer scan user faces by default

It will roll out the Face Recognition privacy setting globally over the next several weeks.

Facebook is making facial recognition in photos opt-in by default. Starting today, it’s rolling out its Face Recognition privacy setting, which it first introduced in December 2017, to all users. If you have Face Recognition turned on, Facebook will notify you if someone uploads a photo of you, even if you aren’t tagged. You can then tag yourself, stay untagged, or report the photo if it’s something you want taken down.

Source: Facebook will no longer scan user faces by default – The Verge

US lawmakers want limits on facial recognition funds

The House Oversight Committee is exploring legislation that would place a moratorium on government funding for “any new use or expanded use” of facial recognition software by federal agencies, according to the panel’s top Republican.

“We don’t want any more money being used, no money used to expand what we have or to purchase any new ability to impact or use this technology,” Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) told Cristiano.

Source: Lawmakers want limits on facial recognition funds – POLITICO

Facial recognition in school renders Sweden’s first GDPR fine

The Swedish DPA has fined a municipality 200 000 SEK (approximately 20 000 euros) for using facial recognition technology to monitor the attendance of students in school.

A school in northern Sweden has conducted a pilot using facial recognition to keep track of students’ attendance in school.

Source: Facial recognition in school renders Sweden’s first GDPR fine

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

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