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Intel launches RealSense ID camera system for on-device facial recognition

Intel expanded its family of RealSense 3D cameras with an on-device system for facial recognition. Intel said its new RealSense ID camera system combines an active depth sensor with a specialized neural network designed to perform facial authentication on consumer-facing devices such as point-of-sale systems, ATMs and kiosks.

Intel’s RealSense 3D technology uses cameras to measure depth and enable computing systems to read facial expressions and gestures. This latest RealSense ID system takes that core technology and packages it in a way that makes it easier to use in retail and secure access control scenarios.

Source: Intel launches RealSense ID camera system for on-device facial recognition | ZDNet

FBI Warn Hackers are Using Hijacked Home Security Devices for ‘Swatting’

Stolen email credentials are being used to hijack home surveillance devices, such as Ring, to call police with a fake emergency, then watch the chaos unfold.

By accessing a targeted home security device an attacker can initiate a call for help to authorities and watch remotely as the swat occurs. The FBI points out that by initiating a call for help from the actual security device lends authenticity and anonymity to the hacker.

Source: FBI Warn Hackers are Using Hijacked Home Security Devices for ‘Swatting’ | Threatpost

Study Shows Robot Vacuum Cleaners Can Be Hacked to Spy on People

Robot vacuum cleaners use LiDAR (light detection and ranging) sensors to navigate and map the floor plan. By modifying LiDAR sensors on robot vacuum cleaners, hackers can use it for LidarPhone attack and listen to private conservation for extracting sensitive information.

As the robot cleaner maps the floor by pointing lasers at nearby objects such as dustbins, desks, speakers, or even takeaway bags, the researchers were able to obtain the original sound that vibrated on the object. They found that glossy polypropylene bags were the best reflector of sound while glossy cardboard was the worst.

Source: NUS Study Shows Robot Vacuum Cleaners Can Be Hacked to Spy on People

Surveillance Startup Used Own Cameras to Harass Coworkers

Verkada, a fast-growing Silicon Valley surveillance startup, equips its offices in downtown San Mateo, California, with its own state-of-the-art security cameras.

Last year, a sales director on the company’s sales team abused their access to these cameras to take and post photos of colleagues in a Slack channel where they made sexually explicit jokes about women who worked at the company.

Source: Surveillance Startup Used Own Cameras to Harass Coworkers

The Netherlands Is Becoming a Predictive Policing Hot Spot

A report released late last month by Amnesty International revealed that Dutch law enforcement have been engaged in a number of predictive-policing pilots and referred to the Netherlands as “one of the countries at the forefront of predictive policing in practice.”

The project is not only intrusive, the report claims, but discriminatory by design, since its aim is to fight “mobile banditry” (crimes like theft, pickpocketing, and drug trafficking), a term which explicitly excludes people of Dutch nationality and assumes that the offender is either of Eastern European origin or Romani, a minority ethnic group.

‘Predictive policing projects like these are explicitly biased and prejudiced and rely on data that is explicitly biased and prejudiced, but nobody does anything about it.’ says Amnesty International.

Source: The Netherlands Is Becoming a Predictive Policing Hot Spot

MPs criticise privacy watchdog over NHS test-and-trace data

A cross-party group of more than 20 MPs has accused the UK’s privacy watchdog of failing to hold the government to account for its failures in the NHS coronavirus test-and-trace programme.

The MPs have urged Elizabeth Denham, the information commissioner, to demand that the government change the programme after it admitted failing to conduct a legally required impact assessment of its privacy implications.

Source: MPs criticise privacy watchdog over NHS test-and-trace data | UK news | The Guardian

Privacy advocates sound alarm as thousands of Chinese facial recognition cameras head for Belgrade

Hundreds of facial recognition cameras, supplied by Huawei, are currently deployed in Serbia’s capital Belgrade, and thousands more are on their way, as part of an initiative police officials have said will make the capital safer.

However, privacy advocates are sounding the alarm over what they claim are the far-reaching ramifications the use of the cameras could have on human rights and the privacy of citizens. They also point out that the way in which the Serbian Ministry of Interior has gone about deploying the cameras may not be lawful.

Source: Privacy advocates sound alarm as thousands of Chinese facial recognition cameras head for Belgrade – Emerging Europe | Intelligence, Community, News

San Francisco Police Accessed Business District Camera Network to Spy on Protestors

The San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) conducted mass surveillance of protesters at the end of May and in early June using a downtown business district’s camera network, according to new records obtained by EFF.

The records show that SFPD received real-time live access to hundreds of cameras as well as a “data dump” of camera footage amid the ongoing demonstrations against police violence.

Source: San Francisco Police Accessed Business District Camera Network to Spy on Protestors

Body temperature cameras fuse security with virus screening technology

Cybersecurity and visuals tech company, Platinum CCTV, has unveiled a new thermoptic cybersecurity camera designed to help screen individuals before they enter a facility, to guard against cyber threats and the spread of infectious diseases.

The PT-BF5421-T Thermal/Visible Hybrid IP Security Camera is the next generation in business cybersecurity, providing accurate body temperature readings of plus/minus 0.3 degrees Celsius, while alerting staff to institute facility protocols when needed. Each thermal image is clearly seen and read up to three meters away, with both visible and audible signals sent whenever a high body temperature is detected.

Source: #Privacy: Body temperature cameras fuse security with virus screening technology – PrivSec Report

Italian police can now use drones to monitor people’s movements

Italy has said police may use drones to monitor movement in order to contain the coronavirus outbreak.

The National Civil Aviation Authority (ENAC) authorized the use of drones to monitor the movements of citizens in municipal areas to ensure the containment of the epidemiological emergency, ENAC said Monday in a letter published on its official website.

Source: March 24 coronavirus news – CNN

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