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Scot.gov wins pals with pledge not to keep hold of innocents' mugshots and biometric data

The Open Rights Group has backed the Scottish government's plans to immediately delete mugshots at the end of legal retention periods – something Whitehall said is impossible in its own systems. The Scottish government is consulting on proposals to improve oversight of the use and retention of biometric data, which would see …
Rebecca Hill, 22 Aug 2018
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Need a facial recognition auto-doxxx tool? Social Mapper has you covered

Finding people's social media profiles can be a slow and manual business – so why not get facial recognition to help? That's the pitch coming from Trustwave's SpiderLabs, which wants to make life easier for penetration testers trying to infiltrate clients' networks and facilities using social engineering and targeted hackery …

America's top maker of cop body cameras says facial-recog AI isn't safe

Analysis America's largest manufacturer of body cameras – and the biggest supplier to police forces across the United States – says today's facial recognition technology is not safe for making serious decisions. Speaking during its second-quarter earnings call with investors this week, the CEO of Axon, Rick Smith, answered a question …
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Facial recognition tech to be used on Olympians and staff at Tokyo 2020

Automated facial recognition systems from Japanese biz NEC will be used on staffers and athletes at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. The technology – which is not without its detractors in the UK – was demonstrated at a media event in the city today. It will require athletes, staff, volunteers and the press to submit their …
Rebecca Hill, 7 Aug 2018
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UK.gov ploughs cash into creaky police technology

The British government has sunk £100m into efforts to link up cops’ IT systems, boost resource-sharing and develop digital forensics. The UK's police forces have been battling to improve outdated systems for years. Multiple annual reports into the state of policing have concluded that cops lag far behind in their use of tech, …
Rebecca Hill, 2 Aug 2018
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Rights group launches legal challenge over London cops' use of facial recognition tech

A campaign group has issued a legal challenge against the London Metropolitan Police's use of facial recognition technology. Big Brother Watch, which has been crowdfunding the costs of the case, yesterday requested permission from the High Court to proceed with the judicial review. The group's co-claimant in the case, …
Rebecca Hill, 26 Jul 2018
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Clean up this hot sticky facial-recog mess for us, Microsoft begs politicos

Microsoft has urged US Congress to regulate the American government's use of facial-recognition technology provided by, er, Microsoft and others. This plea comes just weeks after the Windows giant came under heavy fire for offering facial-recognition services to Uncle Sam's controversial Immigration and Customs Enforcement ( …
Katyanna Quach, 13 Jul 2018
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London's top cop isn't expecting facial recog tech to result in 'lots of arrests'

The commissioner of London's Met Police has insisted the public "expect" cops to trial the facial recognition tech that is subject to two legal challenges in the UK – while admitting she doesn’t expect its use to result in “lots of arrests”. In a hearing at the London Assembly today, Cressida Dick, Metropolitan Police …
Rebecca Hill, 4 Jul 2018
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So woke: Microsoft's face-recog can now ID more people who aren't pasty white blokes

Microsoft has improved its facial recognition technology so that it is better at identifying humans who aren't white men. Today's announcement of the breakthrough, which promised "significant improvements in the system's ability to recognize gender across skin tones," comes a week after CEO Satya Nadella sent a missive to …
Richard Speed, 26 Jun 2018
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Cardiff chap chucks challenge at chops*-checking cops

A resident of Cardiff, the Welsh capital, has launched a legal challenge over South Wales Police's use of facial recognition technology in public spaces – the first of its kind in the UK. The force has used the controversial kit about 20 times since June 2017 – when it started a pilot during the Champions League finals week. …
Rebecca Hill, 13 Jun 2018

US judge won't budge over Facebook's last-minute bid to 'derail' facial biometrics trial

Updated A US judge has given short shrift to Facebook's delaying tactics in its long-running legal battle over its use of facial recognition technology, saying the corporation's concerns about financial costs and reputation damage were thin and unconvincing. The data-hungry social media biz had asked for a stay in the class-action …
Rebecca Hill, 30 May 2018
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MPs slam UK.gov's 'unacceptable' hoarding of custody images

The UK government's approach to deleting custody images of innocent people – in that it only scraps them on request – is unacceptable and possibly illegal, MPs have said. In a report published today, the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee slammed the Home Office's attitude to its custody image database, and the …
Rebecca Hill, 25 May 2018
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London's Met Police: We won't use facial recognition at Notting Hill Carnival

London cops will not use controversial and inaccurate facial recognition technology at this year's Notting Hill Carnival – in a departure from the trend over the previous two years. The Metropolitan Police have been using the technology since the 2016 carnival, which takes place on the August bank holiday weekend, despite …
Rebecca Hill, 24 May 2018
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Folks are shocked – shocked – that CIA-backed Amazon is selling face-recog tech to US snoops, cops

Analysis The American Civil Liberties Union on Tuesday expressed dismay that Amazon Web Services has been urging US government agencies to use its Rekognition API for state-sponsored facial recognition. The advocacy organization published emails obtained over a six-month investigation documenting marketing efforts by Amazon employees …
Thomas Claburn, 22 May 2018
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US judge to Facebook: Nope, facial recognition lawsuit has to go to jury

Facebook's attempt to push a US court to a quick ruling on a class-action lawsuit over its use of facial recognition technology has been denied. In an order issued yesterday (PDF), district judge James Donato said that the case would go to trial, with a date set for 9 July. The lawsuit is one of the first tests of Illinois' …
Rebecca Hill, 15 May 2018
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Zero arrests, 2 correct matches, no criminals: London cops' facial recog tech slammed

London cops' facial recognition kit has only correctly identified two people to date – neither of whom were criminals – and the UK capital's police force has made no arrests using it, figures published today revealed. According to information released under Freedom of Information laws, the Metropolitan Police's automated …
Rebecca Hill, 15 May 2018
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US army boffins use AI to spot faces in the dark

US army researchers have developed a convolutional neural network and a range of algorithms to recognise faces in the dark. "This technology enables matching between thermal face images and existing biometric face databases or watch lists that only contain visible face imagery,” explained Benjamin Riggan on Monday, co-author …
Katyanna Quach, 17 Apr 2018
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UK peers: Is this what you call governance of facial recog tech? A 'few scattered papers'!

British cops’ use of automated facial recognition technology has come under fire from peers, with the Greens’ Jenny Jones calling on the government for an immediate ban. Speaking in a House of Lords debate, Jones said that there were “very real concerns” about the use of the technology, asserting that the UK was “moving into …
Rebecca Hill, 3 Mar 2018

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