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Bans on Facial Recognition Are Naïve. Hold Law Enforcement Accountable for Its Abuse

" Public service institutions also could be discouraged from deploying unexplainable (“black box”) algorithms and encouraged to have independent evaluations of the equity of products' outcomes."

"The genie of facial recognition is not going back in the bottle. If not IBM, Microsoft, or Amazon, someone else will sell facial recognition tech to police agencies. In a free market society, strong governance is the way to provide a robust defense against its improper use."

"Although such broader police reform may prove to be more difficult to achieve, in the long run it will be more effective than any specific technology ban."

#FacialRecognition #surveillance #PoliceReform #accountability #HumanRights #biometrics
 
IBM stops work on facial recognition over human rights concerns

"The backlash to facial recognition among governments is extending to corporate heavyweights. IBM chief Arvind Krishna has sent a letter (via Axios and CNBC) to Congress revealing that the company has exited its 'general purpose' facial recognition business. The company 'firmly opposes' use of the technology for surveillance, racial profiling and 'violations of basic human rights and freedoms', according to Krishna. Instead, he suggested that now was the moment for a 'national dialogue' on not only how facial recognition should be used, but whether or not it should be used at all."

"The CEO contended that AI was a “powerful tool” for law enforcement, but that its use had to be kept in check with audited tests for bias. He also pushed for technology that improved accountability and transparency, such as body cameras."

"Krishna’s letter was part of a broader call on Congress to push for broader police accountability and conduct reforms, including some that were already part of the recently introduced Justice in Policing Act of 2020."

#IBM #facialrecognition #privacy #humanrights #surveillance
 

Coronavirus UK: health passports 'possible in months' | Politics | The Guardian

Tech firms are in talks with ministers about creating health passports to help Britons return safely to work using coronavirus testing and facial recognition. Facial biometrics could be used to help provide a digital certificate – sometimes known as an immunity passport – proving which workers have had Covid-19, as a possible way of easing the impact on the economy and businesses from ongoing physical distancing even after current lockdown measures are eased.
#science #medicine #health #technology #tech #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus #biometrics #FacialRecognition
 
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London cops announce citywide facial recognition cameras

" In 2018, London's Metropolitan Police Force announced trials of a facial recognition system that could be married to the city's legendarily invasive CCTV thicket; the tests failed 98% of the time and led to arrests of people who opted out by covering their faces."

"Based on that dismal performance, and perhaps emboldened by the coming Brexit and its liberation from EU privacy rules, the Met have announced that they are rolling out permanent, citywide facial recognition."

#London #UK #FacialRecognition #surveillance
London cops announce citywide facial recognition cameras
 

London’s Met Police switches on live facial recognition, flying in face of human rights concerns | TechCrunch

Liberty accused the force of ignoring the conclusion of a report it commissioned during an earlier trial of the tech — which it says concluded the Met had failed to consider human rights impacts.
#technology #tech #FacialRecognition #HumanRights #security #privacy
London’s Met Police switches on live facial recognition, flying in face of human rights concerns
 
"Clearview founder Ton-That is linked to various Trump allied far-right figures, this report states, naming Rudy Giuliani, Michael Cernovich, Chuck Johnson, Pax Dickinson, the details of which go back some years."

#ClearviewAI #facialrecognition #surveillance
Clearview AI founder linked to Trump world and Far-Right, NYPD denies facial recognition firm's boast that it helped catch terrorist suspect
 
" Bruce Schneier writes in the New York Times that banning facial recognition (as cities like San Diego, San Francisco, Oakland, Brookline and Somerville have done) is not enough: there are plenty of other ways to automatically recognize people (gait detection, high-resolution photos of hands that reveal fingerprints, voiceprints, etc), and these will all be used for the same purpose that makes facial recognition bad for our world: to sort us into different categories and treat us different based on those categories."

"Some of these distinctions are easy to imagine: showing different ads on billboards based on who's looking at them, for example. Others are more sinister: targeting us for police interventions, raising the prices, or denying us entry to a place of business."

"Schneier says that we need to regulate more than facial recognition, we need to regulate recognition itself -- and the data-brokers whose data-sets are used to map recognition data to peoples' identities."

#privacy #facialrecognition #surveillance #discrimination
Facial recognition isn't just bad because it invades privacy: it's because privacy invasions fuel discrimination
 
" Bruce Schneier writes in the New York Times that banning facial recognition (as cities like San Diego, San Francisco, Oakland, Brookline and Somerville have done) is not enough: there are plenty of other ways to automatically recognize people (gait detection, high-resolution photos of hands that reveal fingerprints, voiceprints, etc), and these will all be used for the same purpose that makes facial recognition bad for our world: to sort us into different categories and treat us different based on those categories."

"Some of these distinctions are easy to imagine: showing different ads on billboards based on who's looking at them, for example. Others are more sinister: targeting us for police interventions, raising the prices, or denying us entry to a place of business."

"Schneier says that we need to regulate more than facial recognition, we need to regulate recognition itself -- and the data-brokers whose data-sets are used to map recognition data to peoples' identities."

#privacy #facialrecognition #surveillance #discrimination
Facial recognition isn't just bad because it invades privacy: it's because privacy invasions fuel discrimination
 
"Until recently, Hoan Ton-That’s greatest hits included an obscure iPhone game and an app that let people put Donald Trump’s distinctive yellow hair on their own photos."

"Then Mr. Ton-That — an Australian techie and onetime model — did something momentous: He invented a tool that could end your ability to walk down the street anonymously, and provided it to hundreds of law enforcement agencies, ranging from local cops in Florida to the F.B.I. and the Department of Homeland Security."

"His tiny company, Clearview AI, devised a groundbreaking facial recognition app. You take a picture of a person, upload it and get to see public photos of that person, along with links to where those photos appeared. The system — whose backbone is a database of more than three billion images that Clearview claims to have scraped from Facebook, YouTube, Venmo and millions of other websites — goes far beyond anything ever constructed by the United States government or Silicon Valley giants."

"Federal and state law enforcement officers said that while they had only limited knowledge of how Clearview works and who is behind it, they had used its app to help solve shoplifting, identity theft, credit card fraud, murder and child sexual exploitation cases."

"Until now, technology that readily identifies everyone based on his or her face has been taboo because of its radical erosion of privacy."

#privacy #surveillance #facialrecognition #biometrics #ClearviewAI
 
"There can be no accountability if there is no transparency."

#ACLU #FBI #FacialRecognition #biometrics #privacy #surveillance
 
"Earlier this week, NBC News had quite a story about a facial recognition tech company in Israel, named AnyVision, that is being used by the Israeli military to conduct surveillance on Palestinians in the West Bank. Much of the article focuses on the fact that Microsoft invested in AnyVision, at a time when Microsoft claims it's been taking the moral high ground and unwilling to work on more nefarious uses of things like facial recognition technology. The story hits on a bunch of different points that we regularly cover at Techdirt, from misuses of facial recognition to large company hypocrisy. But we're writing about it for a different reason: the way that AnyVision's CEO reacted upon being contacted by NBC reporters..."

#AnyVision #facialrecognition #Palestine #surveillance #oppression
 

Facebook alters video to make people invisible to facial recognition | VentureBeat

Facebook AI Research says it’s created a machine learning system for de-identification of individuals in video. Startups like D-ID and a number of previous works have made de-identification technology for still images, but this is the first one that works on video. In initial tests, the method was able to thwart state-of-the-art facial recognition systems.
#technology #AI #ArtificialIntelligence #FacialRecognition #privacy #security
Facebook alters video to make people invisible to facial recognition
 

Google contractors allegedly targeted homeless people for facial data collection | Android Authority

The Google Pixel 4 series will pack advanced facial recognition functionality, enabling users to quickly unlock their devices and more with a glance. We already know that the company employed people to capture scans of people’s faces for $5 gift cards to improve this face unlock technology. Now, the New York Daily News has reported that Google was using some questionable methods in order to get these scans.
#technology #biometrics #FacialRecognition #Google #Pixel #privacy #security
Google contractors allegedly targeted homeless people for facial data collection
 

Facebook can now recognize and tag your face – whoever and wherever you are | TechRadar

Facebook is rolling out facial recognition to all of its 360 million users, making it easier than ever for your friends and family to tag you in embarrassing photos.

Facial recognition first arrived on Facebook in 2017 under the name 'Tag Suggestions', but was only available to a small sample of users. It's now accessible worldwide under the more logical name 'Face Recognition'.
The good news is that the article links to another article that explains how to delete your Facebook account.

#technology #Facebook #FacialRecognition #privacy #security
 
"Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has called for a complete ban on police use of facial recognition, as part of his campaign’s broader plan for criminal justice reform. If elected president, Sanders specifically pledges to 'ban the use of facial recognition software for policing'. The plan also calls for ending programs that provide military equipment to local police and establishing federal standards for the use of body cameras."

"Sanders is the first presidential candidate to call for an outright ban on police use of facial recognition, although a number of other Democratic candidates have expressed concerns about how the technology is being used. Last year, Kamala Harris and Cory Booker joined with other senators in a letter to the Federal Trade Commission, raising concerns about racial bias in facial recognition algorithms."

#Bernie2020 #facialrecognition #surveillance #privacy
 

Privacy campaigners warn of UK facial recognition 'epidemic' | The Guardian

Privacy campaigners have warned of an “epidemic” of facial recognition use in shopping centres, museums, conference centres and other private spaces around the UK
We're so used to CCTV that I bet many people don't know the difference.

#technology #surveillance #FacialRecognition
 
"One in five California lawmakers were mistaken for convicted criminals in an experiment testing the reliability of facial-recognition software in identifying potentially dangerous suspects. The Los Angeles Times reports that local assemblyman Phil Ting called for the experiment as part of a bill to ban the use of such technology by police and law-enforcement agencies. The experiment incorrectly matched his face to a convicted felon, which he argues could put innocent people in jeopardy if police mistakenly identify them as dangerous criminals. 'The software clearly is not ready for use in a law-enforcement capacity', Ting said. 'These mistakes, we can kind of chuckle at it, but if you get arrested and it’s on your record, it can be hard to get housing, get a job. It has real impacts'. Proponents of the technology argue that it is useful in searching for lost children or elderly people in large group situations."

#facialrecognition #biometrics #surveillance #privacy
 
"A federal appeals court on Thursday rejected Facebook Inc’s effort to undo a class action lawsuit claiming that it illegally collected and stored biometric data for millions of users without their consent."

"The 3-0 decision from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco over Facebook’s facial recognition technology exposes the company to billions of dollars in potential damages to the Illinois users who brought the case."

#facebook #privacy #facialrecognition #biometrics #consent
Facebook loses facial recognition appeal
 
"Many of California’s local law enforcement agencies have access to facial recognition software for identifying suspects who appear in crime scene footage, documents obtained through public records requests show. Three California counties also have the capability to run facial recognition searches on each others’ mug shot databases, and others could join if they choose to opt into a network maintained by a private law enforcement software company.:

"The network is called California Facial Recognition Interconnect, and it’s a service offered by DataWorks Plus, a Greenville, South Carolina–based company with law enforcement contracts in Los Angeles, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Francisco, Sacramento, and Santa Barbara."

#FacialRecognition #biometrics #privacy #surveillance
 
"State and federal lawmakers are calling for new rules and investigations surrounding the use of facial-recognition scans of driver’s license databases by Immigration and Customs Enforcement and other agencies, fueling a debate over the technology some on Capitol Hill have said represents a 'massive breach of privacy and trust'."

"Public records obtained by Georgetown Law’s Center on Privacy and Technology and first reported Sunday by The Washington Post revealed how ICE, the FBI and other agencies had worked for years with state officials to search through millions of license photos without drivers’ knowledge or consent."

#surveillance #facialrecognition #biometrics #privacy
 
Greed over ethics?

https://techcrunch.com/2019/05/22/amazon-reject-facial-recognition-proposals/

"Amazon shareholders have rejected two proposals that would have requested the company not to sell its facial recognition technology to government customers."

"The breakdown of the votes is not immediately known. A filing with the vote tally is expected later this week."

"The first proposal would have requested Amazon to limit the sale of its Rekognition technology to police, law enforcement and federal agencies. A second resolution would have demanded an independent human and civil rights review into the use of the technology."

"It followed accusations that the technology has bias and inaccuracies, which critics say can be used to racially discriminate against minorities."

"The votes were non-binding, allowing the company to reject the outcome of the vote."

#Amazon #FacialRecognition #Biometrics #abuse #HumanRights #surveillance
Amazon shareholders reject facial recognition sale ban to governments
 
This is tyranny.

UK Cops Fine Pedestrian $115 For Avoiding Facial Recognition Camera

"A UK pedestrian was arrested and fined £90 ($115 US) after attempting to cover his face while passing a controversial facial recognition camera van on a East London street. The notorious London police vans scan the faces of passers-by and compare them to a database of wanted criminals."

#UK #surveillance #FacialRecognition #Orwellian
 
"There are many companies that offer facial recognition products and services, including Amazon, Microsoft and FaceFirst. Those companies all need access to enormous databases of photos to improve the accuracy of their matching technology. But while most facial recognition algorithms are trained on well-established, publicly circulating datasets — some of which have also faced criticism for taking people’s photos without their explicit consent — Ever is different in using its own customers’ photos to improve its commercial technology."

"Facial recognition companies’ use of photos of unsuspecting people has raised growing concerns from privacy experts and civil rights advocates. They noted in interviews that millions of people are uploading and sharing photos and personal information online without realizing how the images could be used to develop surveillance products they may not support."

#FacialRecognition #Biometrics #privacy #consent
 
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