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NIST study finds that masks defeat most facial recognition algorithms

A National Institutes of Science and Technology found that 89 commercial facial recognition algorithms were defeated by masks.

The study — part of a series from NIST’s Face Recognition Vendor Test (FRVT) program conducted in collaboration with the Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate, the Office of Biometric Identity Management, and Customs and Border Protection — explored how well each of the algorithms was able to perform “one-to-one” matching, where a photo is compared with a different photo of the same person.

Source: NIST study finds that masks defeat most facial recognition algorithms | VentureBeat

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

The FBI Is Secretly Using A $2 Billion Travel Company As A Global Surveillance Tool

An unprecedented order on a huge travel company reveals how the FBI tracks suspects around the world.

As the biggest of three companies that store the vast majority of the world’s travel information—from airline seats to hotel bookings — Sabre has been called on to hand over that travellers’ data and, on at least one occasion, do “real-time” tracking of a suspect. And, say former employees, the same powerful trove of information could be used to help monitor the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Source: The FBI Is Secretly Using A $2 Billion Travel Company As A Global Surveillance Tool

A New Map Shows the Inescapable Creep of Surveillance

The Atlas of Surveillance shows which tech law enforcement agencies across the country have acquired. It’s a sobering look at the present-day panopticon.

A collaboration between the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the University of Nevada, Reno, Reynolds School of Journalism, the Atlas of Surveillance offers an omnibus look not only at what technologies law enforcement agencies deploy, but where they do it.

Source: A New Map Shows the Inescapable Creep of Surveillance | WIRED

Many Police Departments Have Software That Can Identify People In Crowds

BriefCam, a facial recognition and surveillance video analysis company, sells the ability to surveil protesters and enforce social distancing — without the public knowing.

BriefCam shows the line between contact tracing, policing, and surveillance can be thin — as cities can spend tens of thousands of dollars for powerful technology, with few restrictions on how police can use it.

Source: Many Police Departments Have Software That Can Identify People In Crowds

Russia to Install ‘Orwell’ Facial Recognition Tech in Every School

More than 43,000 Russian schools will be equipped with facial recognition cameras ominously named “Orwell”.

The state technology firm Rusnano’s Orwell platform is described as a image-recognition monitoring system that uses computer vision algorithms. It will be integrated with face recognition developed by NTechLab, a subsidiary of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s close associate Sergei Chemezov’s Rostec conglomerate.

The technology will ensure children’s safety by monitoring their movements and identifying outsiders on the premises.

Source: Russia to Install ‘Orwell’ Facial Recognition Tech in Every School – Vedomosti – The Moscow Times

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

Trump 2020 app is collecting huge amounts of user data on voters

Researchers have raised concerns over the level of access requested by the Trump 2020 app, including Device ID, call information, and Bluetooth pairing.

US President Donald Trump’s campaign app collects a ton of information about its users. And he’s refashioning it in a bid to get himself re-elected.

Source: Trump 2020 app is collecting huge amounts of user data on voters – Decrypt

Demographic report on protests shows how much info our phones give away

Data analytics company Mobilewalla released a report detailing the race, age and gender breakdowns of individuals who participated in protests in select cities during the weekend of May 29th.

Mobilewalla “observed” a total of 16,902 devices. What is especially disturbing is that protestors likely had no idea that the tech company was using location data harvested from their devices.

Source: Demographic report on protests shows how much info our phones give away | Engadget

Coronavirus opens door to company surveillance of workers

Privacy advocates warn of a slippery slope toward “normalizing” new levels of employer surveillance.

Employers are rushing to use digital tracking technology to reduce virus transmission in the workplace. But privacy experts worry that businesses will start using their newfound surveillance capabilities for purposes far beyond public health. The data could be used to evaluate workers’ productivity, see which colleagues are holding meetings or even flag an employee who unexpectedly ducks out of the office during work hours.

Full article: Coronavirus opens door to company surveillance of workers – POLITICO

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