Moscow launched its Face Pay service across 240 stations, but privacy advocates worry it could fuel state surveillance, The Guardian reported.
A Chinese subsidiary of digital camera giant Canon introduced the workplace management system last year to create "a positive and lively atmosphere."
Amazon suspended sales of its facial-recognition technology in June following widespread protests against police brutality in the US.
WhatsApp is letting users link up their phone with its web and desktop apps using biometrics. This means you can now login using face, fingerprint, or iris scans depending on what device you have. WhatsApp said all the data is processed by a phone’s operating system, so it doesn’t see […]
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 […]
Court documents spotted by the Washington Post show police used a facial recognition system on a Twitter video to charge a protester with assaulting an officer at Lafayette Square in June. Police forcibly removed peaceful Black Lives Matter protesters using tear gas and rubber bullets ahead of President Trump arriving […]
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 […]
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 […]
A new bill in the Senate would curtail the use of facial recognition by private companies, requiring them to obtain people’s consent before scanning them with facial recognition tech. It would also ban companies from selling people’s biometric identifiers, like face ID or fingerprint. If passed, the bill would wipe […]
A new government study found that wearing face masks makes it harder for facial recognition algorithms to recognise people. The typical error rate for most facial recognition algorithms is 0.3%. When subjects in the study wore a face mask, the error rate rose to anywhere from 5% to 50%. The […]
Apple bought more AI companies than any of its big tech competitors between 2010 and 2019, according to an analysis from CB Insights. Many of these purchases have been used to create new features on Apple’s flagship iPhones. But others may help power Apple’s shift towards digital products as sales […]
Controversial facial recognition firm Clearview AI was hit with a data privacy complained filed to France’s privacy regulator on Wednesday. Clearview AI is a US facial recognition company with a database made up of billions of photos scraped from the internet. It sells access to this database to law enforcement […]
Facial recognition company Clearview AI is now the subject of a joint investigation from privacy regulators from the UK and Australia. The UK’s ICO and Australia’s OAIC are looking into Clearview AI’s “use of ‘scraped’ data and biometrics of individuals.” Clearview AI was brought into the public eye by a […]
In Detroit, where facial-recognition software is used in police investigations, the software fails “96% of the time,” Detroit Police Chief James Craig said. Craig said as much during a public meeting on Monday,Vice reported. “If we were just to use the technology by itself, to identify someone, I would say […]
In January a Black man in Detroit was wrongfully arrested after being misidentified by facial recognition technology, The New York Times reports. Robert Julian-Borchak Williams was detained for 30 hours, and when he pointed out to police that he didn’t look like CCTV footage of the suspect one detective said […]
Boston just banned the use of facial recognition technology by city agencies. It is the second-largest city in the world to do so, behind San Francisco. The Boston City Council voted unanimously to ban the technology in the city Wednesday. The move also bans city officials from asking a third […]
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, […]