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São Paulo subway facial recognition system slammed over user data security and privacy

A new surveillance system is deemed “inefficient and dangerous” as it fails to protect the personal information of 4 million daily users, associations say.

The current legacy system includes an estate of non-integrated 2200 cameras that will be replaced by 5200 digital high-definition cameras controlled centrally. But the company responsible for the operation of São Paulo’s subway system has failed to demonstrate sufficient evidence that it is ensuring the protection of user privacy in the implementation of a new platform that will use facial recognition technology.

Source: São Paulo subway facial recognition system slammed over user data security and privacy | ZDNet

Bill to Ban Face Surveillance Introduced in US Congress

Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), along with Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) and Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (MA-07) today introduced legislation to stop government use of biometric surveillance, including facial recognition tools.

The Facial Recognition and Biometric Technology Moratorium Act prohibits the use of facial recognition and other biometric technologies by federal agencies, including Customs and Border Protection.

Source: Bill to Ban Face Surveillance Introduced in Congress

Wrongfully Accused by an Algorithm

In what may be the first known case of its kind, a faulty facial recognition match led to a Michigan man’s arrest for a crime he did not commit.

Mr. Williams’s case combines flawed technology with poor police work, illustrating how facial recognition can go awry.

Full article: Wrongfully Accused by an Algorithm – The New York Times

EU to pay 300 million EUR for face and fingerprint recognition

The European Union has awarded a major contract for a new fingerprint and face recognition system. A consortium consisting of the two French companies IDEMIA and Sopra Steria is to set up and subsequently manage a Shared Biometric Matching System (sBMS).

For this purpose, fingerprints and facial images from five databases will be stored in a single file. Completion is planned in two years, but in an earlier large-scale IT project of the EU, one of the partners was seven years behind schedule.

Source: Project Interoperability: EU to pay 300 million EUR for face and fingerprint recognition – Matthias Monroy

PwC facial recognition tool criticised for home working privacy invasion

Accounting giant PwC has come under fire for the development of a facial recognition tool that logs when employees are absent from their computer screens while they work from home.

The technology, which is being developed specifically for financial institutions, recognises the faces of workers via their computer’s webcam and requires them to provide a written reason for any absences, including toilet breaks.

Source: PwC facial recognition tool criticised for home working privacy invasion – Personnel Today

Google Fights Privacy Suit Over Facial-Recognition Technology

Google plans to fight a potential class-action lawsuit over faceprints by arguing that the Illinois biometric privacy law doesn’t apply to data derived from photos — even though other judges haverejected that contention — according to court papers filed Monday.

The court papers come in response to a class-action complaint filed in February in San Jose, California, by Illinois resident Brandon Molander.

Source: Google Fights Privacy Suit Over Facial-Recognition Technology 06/17/2020

Amazon Bans Police Use of Its Face Recognition for a Year

Amazon on Wednesday banned police use of its face-recognition technology for a year, making it the latest tech giant to step back from law-enforcement use of systems that have been criticized for incorrectly identifying people with darker skin.

Amazon said it will still allow organizations such as the International Center for Missing and Exploited Children to use the technology.

Source: Amazon Bans Police Use of Its Face Recognition for a Year | Time

IBM ends all facial recognition business

IBM CEO Arvind Krishna announced that the company would no longer sell facial recognition services, calling for a “national dialogue” on whether it should be used at all.

It’s unclear whether or how the company will continue to perform AI research along these lines.

Source: IBM ends all facial recognition business as CEO calls out bias and inequality | TechCrunch

Facial recognition bill falls flat in California legislature

A state Assembly committee stopped a bill allowing companies and government agencies to use the controversial surveillance technology without consent.

The bill received lobbying support from Microsoft, but faced opposition from several civil liberties groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union and the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Facial recognition has already been outlawed by some California cities, including San Francisco and Berkeley, which banned government use of the technologies with measures backed by the ACLU.

Source: Facial recognition bill falls flat in California legislature

New Facial Recognition Tech Only Needs Your Eyes and Eyebrows

Facial recognition company Rank One has released a new form of facial recognition called periocular recognition, which can supposedly identify individuals by just their eyes and eyebrows.

Rank One says the new system uses an entirely different algorithm from its standard facial recognition system and is specifically meant for masked individuals.

Source: New Facial Recognition Tech Only Needs Your Eyes and Eyebrows

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