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French Supervisory Authority publishes guidance on facial recognition

On November 15, 2019, the French Supervisory Authority (CNIL) published guidance on the use of facial recognition. The guidance is primarily directed at public authorities in France that want to experiment with facial recognition.

The guidance warns that this technology risks leading to biased results and sets out three general requirements for deploying facial recognition on an experimental basis.

First, facial recognition can only be used if there is an established need to implement an authentication mechanism that ensures a high level of reliability, and there are no other less intrusive means that would be appropriate. Second, the experimental use of facial recognition must respect the rights of individuals. Third, the use of facial recognition on an experimental basis must have a precise timeline and be based on a rigorous methodology setting out the objectives pursued and the criteria for success.

Source: French Supervisory Authority publishes guidance on facial recognition

Amid privacy backlash, China’s DJI unveils drone-to-phone tracking

China’s DJI, the world’s largest commercial drone maker, said it is developing technology that would allow the public to track the registrations of drones in flight using just a smartphone, amid a broader industry push to make such data available.

The push for remote identification technology comes amid regulatory calls for greater oversight of drone flight, on fears that untraceable, unmanned aircraft could be used for spying or accidentally disrupt commercial flights.

Source: Amid privacy backlash, China’s DJI unveils drone-to-phone tracking – Reuters

Google restricts contextual ad targeting

Google has taken steps to limit data sharing for targeted adverts as it comes under increasing pressure to do more to protect the privacy of users.

The changes to its advertising technology follow an intervention from the European Union and mean that Google will no longer inform advertisers about the type of content where their ad could appear.

Source: Google restricts contextual ad targeting | The Drum

The Risks Of Law Enforcement Use Of Facial Recognition Software

Facial recognition is truly a one-of-a-kind technology — and we should treat it as such. Our faces are central to our identities, online and off, and they are difficult to hide.

the use of facial recognition technology by law enforcement is particularly problematic due to its invasiveness and increasing pervasiveness. Americans are losing due-process protections, and even law-abiding citizens cannot confidently engage in free association, free movement and free speech without fear of being tracked.

Full article: Who Stole My Face? The Risks Of Law Enforcement Use Of Facial Recognition Software | Above the Law

DNS-over-HTTPS will eventually roll out in all major browsers

All six major browser vendors have plans to support DNS-over-HTTPS (or DoH), a protocol that encrypts DNS traffic and helps improve a user’s privacy on the web.

The DoH protocol has been one of the year’s hot topics. It’s a protocol that, when deployed inside a browser, it allows the browser to hide DNS requests and responses inside regular-looking HTTPS traffic.

Source: DNS-over-HTTPS will eventually roll out in all major browsers, despite ISP opposition | ZDNet

ICO concerned by mass health data-sharing with advertisers

The UK’s data regulator has expressed deep concerns over reports that some of the most popular health websites are sharing sensitive data with advertisers across the world.

The majority of prominent health websites embed tracking cookies in users’ browsers without explicit consent to allow third-party companies to track them while surfing the internet.

This data is then transmitted to a swathe of advertising platforms including Amazon and Facebook, with the majority of data sent to Google’s DoubleClick targeted ad platform. This includes information like medical symptoms, diagnoses, drug names and fertility information.

Source: ICO concerned by mass health data-sharing with advertisers | IT PRO

Consumer Data Privacy Rights: Emerging Tech Blurs Lines

Data privacy is a fundamental right for Americans – but new emerging technologies like drone, IoT and facial recognition are introducing gray areas.

Lawmakers for their part are taking steps to enforce regulatory efforts for data privacy – but still have a long way to go.

Full article: Consumer Data Privacy Rights: Emerging Tech Blurs Lines | Threatpost

Mass surveillance fears as India readies facial recognition system

As India prepares to install a nationwide facial recognition system in an effort to catch criminals and find missing children, human rights and technology experts on Thursday warned of the risks to privacy from increased surveillance.

There is little information on where it will be deployed, what the data will be used for and how data storage will be regulated.

Worldwide, the rise of cloud computing and artificial intelligence technologies have popularised the use of facial recognition for a range of applications from tracking criminals to catching truant students.

Source: Mass surveillance fears as India readies facial recognition system – Reuters

Chinese researchers reveal method to bypass biometric fingerprint scanners in smartphones

Chinese security researchers from X-Lab security at Tencent challenged fingerprint security in a presentation at the GeekPwn 2019 conference in Shanghai, writes Forbes. The team claims it can hack into almost any Android or iOS device in just about 20 minutes by using what appears to be a fairly simple fingerprint hacking method.

Without giving too many details about the actual technical approach to the audience, researchers used a smartphone to take a photo of fingerprints left on a glass and ran the photo through an app they developed. They were then able to gain access into three different phones equipped with different scanning technologies, one each with capacitive, optical, and ultrasonic sensors.

Source: Chinese researchers reveal method to bypass biometric fingerprint scanners in smartphones | Biometric Update

IBM calls for regulation on facial recognition tech instead of bans

IBM wants the US government to regulate facial recognition technology, instead of banning it outright. “Precision regulation” can restrict potentially harmful uses while still allowing for innovation, the company said Tuesday in a white paper posted online.

Facial recognition has faced backlash from privacy advocates and lawmakers, and a handful of cities have banned the municipal use of the technology. In July, Microsoft asked the federal government to regulate facial recognition before it gets more widespread. Still, the technology is on track to become pervasive in airports and shopping centers, and some companies like Amazon are selling it to police departments.

Source: IBM calls for regulation on facial recognition tech instead of bans – CNET

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