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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11 Nov 2020

EU Agrees on Tighter Rules for Surveillance Tech Exports

On Monday, the European Union agreed to implement stricter regulations on the sale and export of cyber-surveillance technology. EU lawmakers reached a deal on new restrictions for dual-use goods like facial recognition technology, biometric data tech, and spyware to prevent spreading them to areas in which they may be used

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27 Oct 2020

Surveillance company harassed female employees using its own facial recognition technology

A Silicon Valley surveillance startup is being charged with sexism and discrimination after a company sales director utilized its own facial recognition systems to harass female workers. The company, Verkada, equips its offices with its own surveillance cameras. Last year, one employee allegedly used the cameras to take photos of

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20 Oct 2020

Singapore’s World-First Face Scan Plan Sparks Privacy Fears

Singapore is planning on becoming the world’s first country to utilize facial recognition technology to identify citizens, alarming privacy advocates. Singapore announced plans to implement biometric checks to access government agencies, banking services, and other amenities through a face-scan. Some researchers say that the intrusive system is vulnerable to abuse,

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13 Oct 2020

Live facial recognition is tracking kids suspected of being criminals in Buenos Aires

In Argentina, an extensive facial recognition tracking minors suspected of being criminals has been uncovered, with security professionals calling it the first of its kind. Tens of thousands of entries and targets contain personal details such as names, birthdays, national IDs of minors suspected of crimes. The youngest alleged offender

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18 Sep 2020

Justice Wants to Add Facial Recognition to Marshals’ Smartphones

The Department of Justice is seeking to install facial recognition tools into US Marshals Agents’ smartphones to assist with the safe transfer of prisoners around the nation. The facial recognition could potentially help the agency identify prisoners during transfer with speed and accuracy, making the process both more efficient and

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14 Sep 2020

Portland Issues Sweeping Ban on All Facial Recognition Use

Portland has made US history, becoming the first city to enact a ban on the controversial facial recognition technology plaguing both the law enforcement and security industries. The sweeping ban covers both public and private sector organizations. Other municipalities such as Boston and San Francisco have taken a tough stance

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21 Aug 2020

Senate Bill Would Expand Facial-Recognition Restrictions Nationwide

A new bill that is currently in the process of moving through the Senate aims to expand restrictions on the use of facial recognition technology after critics claimed the technology could have biases against gender, race, and ethnicity. The bill’s introduction comes as police departments across the US are being

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17 Aug 2020

Controversial facial recognition tech firm Clearview AI inks deal with ICE

The US Department of Homeland Security and Clearview AI has signed a contract to allow the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency access to its technology, which has been highly controversial over the past few years. Clearview AI has received criticism for its development of facial recognition technology used by law

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