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New facial-recognition technology can accurately identify travellers wearing masks 96% of the time, according to a test run by the Department of Homeland Security

The US Department of Homeland Security tested facial-recognition technology that it said can accurately identify masked airline passengers 96% of the time. Pre-pandemic facial-recognition algorithms had lower rates of identifying people wearing face masks. Efforts to improve facial-recognition technology have increased in order to to protect travellers from having to […]
New facial-recognition technology can accurately identify travellers wearing masks 96% of the time, according to a test run by the Department of Homeland Security
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ICE just signed a contract with Clearview AI, the controversial facial-recognition company that scrapes photos from social media

ICE recently signed a contract with the controversial facial-recognition company Clearview AI worth $US224,000, according to government contracting records surfaced by the tech watchdog nonprofit Tech Inquiry. Clearview AI sells facial-recognition technology that lets clients identify people by uploading a photo of their face that’s scanned against a database of […]
ICE just signed a contract with Clearview AI, the controversial facial-recognition company that scrapes photos from social media
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Instagram could face up up to $500 billion in fines in class-action lawsuit alleging it illegally harvested biometric data

A new lawsuit accuses Instagram of collecting people’s biometric data without their consent in violation of a state law. Last month, Facebook – which owns Instagram – offered $US650 million to settle a similar lawsuit alleging that Facebook’s photo-tagging collected biometric data without users’ consent. Under the law, Facebook could […]
Instagram could face up up to $500 billion in fines in class-action lawsuit alleging it illegally harvested biometric data
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Microsoft will not sell facial recognition to American police departments until there is a national law ‘grounded in human rights,’ President Brad Smith says

Microsoft President Brad Smith says the company does not sell facial recognition to US police departments, and committed not to unless a nationwide law is passed to regulate the technology, The commitment comes after Amazon’s announcement on Wednesday that it would suspend police use of its controversial facial-recognition technology, Rekognition, […]
Microsoft will not sell facial recognition to American police departments until there is a national law ‘grounded in human rights,’ President Brad Smith says