22 Feb 2022

IRS will let taxpayers opt out of ID.me facial recognition with a live interview

After recent news that the IRS would mandate ID.me facial recognition security to access taxpayer accounts, the IRS decided that US taxpayers who do not want to submit biometric data will instead sign up for a live, virtual interview to create an account. According to the agency, the new authentication

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08 Feb 2022

IRS To Ditch Biometric Requirement for Online Access

Earlier this week, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) stated that it would be transitioning away from requiring biometric data from taxpayers who seek to access their records via the agency’s website. The decision to reverse the former policies comes as privacy experts and lawmakers have voiced concerns over the federal

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04 Aug 2021

What One City Hopes to Learn by Pausing Use of Facial Recognition Technology

The Baltimore City Council recently approved legislation that effectively halts the use of facial recognition technology by residents, businesses, and city agencies. The ban is temporary and would be reviewed in the future to reassess whether the technology can be reintroduced into Baltimore. The legislation is expected to be signed

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12 Jul 2021

Bill Would Ban Facial Recognition in Public Housing

Last Wednesday, Legislation introduced in the House could effectively prohibit the use of facial recognition and biometric technology in both public and assisted housing units that are funded under the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The new bill, introduced by three democratic Representatives, addressed several of the risks that

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12 Jul 2021

Europe Makes the Case to Ban Biometric Surveillance

Recently, the European Data Protection Board, tasked with helping countries implement GDPR consistently, has called for a total ban on utilizing artificial intelligence (AI) technology to conduct facial recognition. The European Data Protection Supervisor joined the former entity in making a push for a ban on the controversial technology. The

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30 Jun 2021

Feds Told to Better Manage Facial Recognition, Amid Privacy Concerns

A Government Accountability Office (GAO) report found that government agencies are regularly using facial recognition technology in criminal investigations, including to identify travelers. The GAO dictates that stricter management is necessary to protect people’s privacy and inaccurate identification since the technology has been proved to hold certain biases. The federal

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19 May 2021

Amazon extends ban on police using Rekognition facial recognition technology, no end in sight

Amazon has decided to extend its ban on US law enforcement usage of Rekognition, its facial recognition technology solution, until further notice. The initial ban on US police usage of the technology was set to expire next month. The ban was initially enacted due to the unethical use of facial

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19 Apr 2021

Europe seeks to limit use of AI in society

The EU has brought forth new proposals that regulate the usage of artificial intelligence, facial recognition for surveillance, or algorithms that manipulate human behavior. The wide-ranging proposals were leaked ahead of their official publication. The proposal has been criticized for its identification of high-risk AI, but also praised for its

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15 Apr 2021

Lawsuit Filed After Facial Recognition Tech Leads to Wrongful Arrest

Robert Julian-Borchak Williams, a Michigan resident, is suing Detroit officials after facial recognition technology led to his wrongful arrest. Williams filed a federal lawsuit on April 13 against the city of Detroit, claiming that facial recognition technology was misused and relied upon during his arrest, which occurred on January 9,

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13 Apr 2021

Billions of smartphone owners will soon be authorising payments using facial recognition

A new analysis conducted by Juniper Research found that in the next few years, billions of users will regularly use facial recognition technology to make payments through their devices. Smartphone users already have the capability to use facial recognition to unlock their screens or log into certain applications, however, the

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