17 Feb 2021

Drones With Facial Recognition Are Primed To Fly

Israeli surveillance companies are currently developing drones equipped with facial recognition capabilities, leading American law enforcement to consider adding the controversial tech to their fleet as well. An Israeli startup called AnyVision filed a patent application, which was published earlier this month, detailing technology to help a drone find the

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02 Feb 2021

Greek Police to Introduce Live Facial Recognition

In Greece, law enforcement officers will receive new devices allowing them to carry out facial recognition and fingerprint identification in real-time. The live facial recognition technology is part of a 4.5 million euro smart policing project that was announced in 2017. The goal of this initiative is to identify and

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01 Feb 2021

Facial Recognition Ethical Framework Launched by BSIA

A new guide has been released by the British Security Industry Association, detailing the ethical and legal uses of facial recognition technology, particularly Automated Facial Recognition (AFR). The document outlines the steps organizations are obligated to take regarding using facial recognition tech responsibly while avoiding ethical issues. The framework seeks

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28 Dec 2020

China’s new data privacy law ‘will state how facial recognition can be used’

According to the Legislative Affairs Commission of China, the country’s new law on data privacy will include provisions to protect personal biometric information, despite the high state of surveillance. The law aims to confront growing concerns over the government’s prolific use of facial recognition technology and biometric data. The law,

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23 Dec 2020

Smart Doorbell Disaster, Many Brands Vulnerable to Attack

Doorbells that have been created to allow homeowners to see and protect themselves from unwanted visitors can potentially cause more security issues than they protect from. Last week, the NCC group published a report assessing smart doorbell models made by Victure, Qihoo, and Accfly, and three other vendors. The report

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23 Dec 2020

New York Issues First-In-Nation Moratorium On Facial Recognition In Schools

On  Tuesday, the Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, signed a law into place banning facial recognition and other biometric technology in schools, effective until June 2022. The law affects both public and private schools and is in place until a study can be conducted with input from teachers, parents,

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16 Dec 2020

Singapore adds face verification, multi-user SMS to SingPass 2FA

Singapore has added even more security measures to its SingPass, an online portal that allows residents to access electronic government services. The latest update includes face verification as a method of two-factor authentication (2FA) to log into their accounts. They can also perform 2FA by sending an SMS one-time password

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14 Dec 2020

Intel Agencies Seek to Perfect Biometric Recognition from Drones

The intelligence community is seeking to add biometric identification technology to drones, however, it has faced difficulties when implementing facial recognition on the flying devices. Early experiments show that facial recognition technology’s reliability is highly dependent on lighting, camera position, and environmental factors. These elements are difficult to control at

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09 Dec 2020

Huawei Tested Facial Recognition System That Identifies Uighurs, Report Claims

According to Pennsylvania-based research group IPVM, Chinese tech giant Huawei tested a facial recognition system that aims to specifically identify Uighur Muslims, an ethnic minority group that has been surveilled and oppressed by China. According to documents uncovered by IPVM, the system was built using Huawei cloud infrastructure and tools

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19 Nov 2020

LAPD Bans Facial Recognition, Citing Privacy Concerns

The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) has banned the use of commercial facial recognition services, citing privacy and public trust considerations after an expose showed that Clearview AI used the technology 475 times during the trial period alone. The report proved that 25 employees of the department utilized Clearview AI

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