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Minneapolis prohibits use of facial recognition software by its police department

The Minneapolis City Council voted unanimously to approve an ordinance banning the use of facial recognition software by its police department and other city agencies. The ban adds Minneapolis to the list of US cities moving to limit or end the use of such technology by its law enforcement officers and city employees.

But Minneapolis police chief Medaria Arradondo said in a statement that the ban was created without feedback from him, and that he believes it’s possible for facial recognition technology to be “utilized in accordance with data privacy and other citizen legal protections,” according to the Star Tribune. Facial recognition software has been found to have age, race, and ethnic biases, and privacy advocates have raised concerns about its use by law enforcement. Minneapolis’ ordinance created an appeals process allowing city agencies to request exemptions under some circumstances.

Source: Minneapolis prohibits use of facial recognition software by its police department – The Verge

Google admits failing to wipe all Android apps with location-selling X-Mode SDK from its Play Store

Google on Friday removed 25 Android apps from the Google Play Store after missing them during a prior purge. The apps contained the X-Mode SDK that the Chocolate Factory previously banned for selling location data.

The SDK gathers location data that X-Mode, a Reston, Virginia-based data broker, then sells to third-parties. In early December, Google and Apple gave mobile app developers seven days and two weeks respectively to jettison the X-Mode SDK, a software library the developers had integrated into their apps in exchange for payment.

Due to an oversight during our enforcement process, 25 apps containing the X-Mode SDK were not removed from Google Play after the developers were given a 7-day warning.

Source: Oops: Google admits failing to wipe all Android apps with location-selling X-Mode SDK from its Play Store • The Register

Google is reportedly working on an anti-tracking feature for Android

Google is looking to develop an anti—tracking feature for Android similar to the one Apple is rolling out with iOS 14.5.

The tech giant is reportedly in the early stages of exploring how it can limit data collection and cross-app tracking for its mobile OS. However, it intends to find a less stringent solution than Apple’s so as not to completely alienate its advertising partners.

Source: Google is reportedly working on an anti-tracking feature for Android | Engadget

EU’s lead data supervisor for most of big tech is using outdated tech

The lead data supervisor for a slew of tech giants in the European Union, including Apple, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, TikTok and Twitter, is still relying on Lotus Notes to manage complaints and investigations lodged under the bloc’s flagship General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

The revelation that the lead data supervisor for much of big tech in Europe is handling complaints using such ‘last-gen’ software not only looks highly embarrassing for the DPC but raises questions over the effectiveness of its senior management.

Source: EU’s lead data supervisor for most of big tech is still using Lotus Notes | TechCrunch

Coronavirus accelerates contactless travel, raising privacy concerns

Hands-free check ins and face scanners are part of pandemic travel. Flying after coronavirus is set to involve far less personal contact with airline staff. Not everyone agrees that’s a good thing.

In German airports, facial recognition technology now lets passengers move through hubs using their faces rather than their boarding passes. Elsewhere, technology developments include mobile phone-operated self-service check-ins.

But digital rights campaigners say they’re concerned the pandemic has opened the door to a culture change that isn’t proportionate and could be detrimental, if passengers get used to handing over more personal data and that data isn’t protected.

Source: Coronavirus accelerates contactless travel, raising privacy concerns – POLITICO

The CBP Used COVID As An Excuse To Install Facial Recognition At 76 Airports

A recent DHS report titled the “CBP Trade and Travel Report” reads like an instruction manual on how to exploit the public’s fear of COVID. The report is a perfect example of how the Feds used the pandemic as an excuse to install facial recognition cameras across the country.

The CBP has used the pandemic to embark on “transformative biometric measures” to enroll more Americans into their “Trusted Traveler” database. he CBP’s biometric Trusted Traveler program is now being used in 76 airports. In two years, the CBP’s Global Entry Facial Comparison program has expanded to 20 international airports in the U.S. However, since 2018, the CBP has used facial recognition to ID a grand total of 7 imposters who tried getting into the United States.

Source: The CBP Used COVID As An Excuse To Install Facial Recognition At 76 Airports | MassPrivateI

The Future of AI Policy in the UK

On January 6, 2021, the UK’s AI Council – an independent government advisory body – published its AI Roadmap.

In addition to calling for a Public Interest Data Bill to ‘protect against automation and collective harms’, the Roadmap acknowledges the need to counteract public suspicion of AI and makes 16 recommendations, based on three main pillars, to guide the UK Government’s AI strategy.

The UK Government is currently considering its response to the AI Council’s recommendations and a draft strategy will be published for consultation later this year.

Source: AI Update: The Future of AI Policy in the UK

‘Orwellian’ AI lie detector project challenged in EU court

A legal challenge was heard today in Europe’s Court of Justice in relation to a controversial EU-funded research project using artificial intelligence for facial “lie detection” with the aim of speeding up immigration checks.

The transparency lawsuit against the EU’s Research Executive Agency (REA), which oversees the bloc’s funding programs, was filed in March 2019 by Patrick Breyer, MEP of the Pirate Party Germany and a civil liberties activist — who has successfully sued the Commission before over a refusal to disclose documents.

He’s seeking the release of documents on the ethical evaluation, legal admissibility, marketing and results of the project. And is hoping to set a principle that publicly funded research must comply with EU fundamental rights — and help avoid public money being wasted on AI “snake oil” in the process.

Source: ‘Orwellian’ AI lie detector project challenged in EU court | TechCrunch

Google Explores Alternative to Apple’s New Anti-Tracking Feature

Google is exploring an alternative to Apple Inc.’s new anti-tracking feature, the latest sign that the internet industry is slowly embracing user privacy, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

Internally, the search giant is discussing how it can limit data collection and cross-app tracking on the Android operating system in a way that is less stringent than Apple’s solution, said the people, who asked not to be identified discussing private plans.

Google is trying to balance the rising demands of privacy-conscious consumers with the financial needs of developers and advertisers. The Alphabet Inc. unit is seeking input from these stakeholders, similar to how it’s slowly developing a new privacy standard for web browsing called the Privacy Sandbox.

Source: Google Explores Alternative to Apple’s New Anti-Tracking Feature – Bloomberg

Privacy-focused DuckDuckGo launches new effort to block online tracking

DuckDuckGo, the maker of search engine and browser technology that doesn’t track you online, is sharing data it’s collected about online trackers with other companies so they can also protect your privacy.

The company said Thursday it’s started sharing a data set called Tracker Radar that details 5,326 internet domains used by 1,727 companies and organizations that track you online. The data is available to anyone, and browser maker Vivaldi said on Tuesday it has begun doing so.

Source: Privacy-focused DuckDuckGo launches new effort to block online tracking – CNET

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