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Proposed Law Would Ban Facial Recognition Surveillance in Heart of Silicon Valley

Proposed Law Would Ban Facial Recognition Surveillance in Heart of Silicon Valley

The heart of Silicon Valley could become the first place where AI-driven facial recognition technology is banned, if proposed legislation is put into place. The proposition comes from San Francisco Board of Supervisors member Aaron Peskin. It would implement new requirements for police to obtain approval from the city’s Board of Supervisors before purchasing new…

MIT AI Policy Congress Convenes to Discuss AI and Ethics

MIT AI Policy Congress Convenes to Discuss AI and Ethics

The inaugural MIT AI Policy Congress recently convened in Massachusetts, bringing together leading researchers, industry insiders, and policy experts for a series of discussions about the future of artificial intelligence. Hosted by MIT’s Internet Policy Research Initiative (IPRI) and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the conversation stressed the importance of collaboration and…

Year in Review: Are We Comfortable with How the Government is Using Biometrics?

Year in Review: Are We Comfortable with How the Government is Using Biometrics?

Respondents to FindBiometrics’ latest Year in Review survey tend to have shown a high level of comfort with – and enthusiasm for – biometric technologies, though that attitude took a notable dip when it came to the topic of how the government uses biometric technologies. Question 12 of the survey asked respondents to indicate how…

Local Groups Push Back Against Facial Recognition at German Border

Local Groups Push Back Against Facial Recognition at German Border

A proposed border law in the German state of Saxony has come under fire from local interest groups, in large part because of the planned use of facial recognition technology along the state’s Czech and Polish borders. “The planned border surveillance places large parts of Saxony under some sort of state of emergency, and it…

85 Advocacy Groups Call On Big Tech to Stop Selling Facial Recognition to Gov’t

85 Advocacy Groups Call On Big Tech to Stop Selling Facial Recognition to Gov’t

“By targeting three of the world’s biggest tech companies, the letters could help to focus attention on the issue.” A coalition of 85 advocacy and activist groups have signed open letters urging Amazon, Google, and Microsoft to pledge not to sell facial recognition technology to government authorities. Signatories include the American Civil Liberties Union, the…

Agreeing to Greater Transparency, Northern Ireland Police Settle Biometrics Complaint

Agreeing to Greater Transparency, Northern Ireland Police Settle Biometrics Complaint

Following a high-profile human rights complaint, the Police Service of Northern Ireland has committed to establishing and publishing a formal policy concerning its retention of biometric data from criminals. The case was brought forward by the country’s Human Rights Commission in support of a claim from an anonymous individual whose fingerprint and DNA data were…

NEC ‘Welcomes’ Ethical, Regulatory Discussions Over AI and Facial Recognition: CEO

NEC ‘Welcomes’ Ethical, Regulatory Discussions Over AI and Facial Recognition: CEO

NEC has joined the chorus of tech companies and other stakeholders calling for greater regulation of artificial intelligence and facial recognition technologies, with the company’s CEO, Takashi Niino, writing in a statement that his firm “welcomes greater industry collaboration and effective discussion for the future of facial recognition technology and business.” The statement comes after…

Facial Recognition Tech Secretly Deployed at Taylor Swift Concert

Facial Recognition Tech Secretly Deployed at Taylor Swift Concert

Facial recognition was secretly used to scan attendees of a Taylor Swift concert earlier this year, it has now been revealed. The technology was deployed at a kiosk set up at California’s Rose Bowl in May. The kiosk featured a display showing highlights from the pop star’s rehearsal, attracting the attention of Swift fans; and…

Prominent AI Research Group Calls for Gov’t Regulation and End to ‘Trade Secrecy’

Prominent AI Research Group Calls for Gov’t Regulation and End to ‘Trade Secrecy’

An AI research group based in New York University has issued a new paper calling for government regulation of artificial intelligence technologies. Called AI Now, the group is headed by employees from major tech companies including Google and Microsoft. Its latest publication, simply titled “AI Now Report 2018”, highlights the growing use of AI technologies…

Academic Study Offers ‘Balanced Perspective’ on South Wales Police Facial Recognition

Academic Study Offers ‘Balanced Perspective’ on South Wales Police Facial Recognition

“Commenting on the Cardiff University study, South Wales Police Deputy Chief Constable Richard Lewis said it offers “a balanced perspective” on the facial recognition system, with police use of facial recognition having become a controversial subject in the UK.” Facial recognition technology being used by South Wales Police has now come under academic scrutiny, with…

Pivotal Biometrics Lawsuit Gets Underway Before Illinois Supreme Court

Pivotal Biometrics Lawsuit Gets Underway Before Illinois Supreme Court

A case that could ultimately defang Illinois’ biometric privacy law is now underway before the state’s Supreme Court. It revolves around the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act, or BIPA, a law passed back in 2008 that essentially requires organizations to obtain informed consent from individuals before collecting their biometric data. The biometric revolution in consumer…

Trueface CEO Outlines Ethical Guidelines for Facial Recognition

Trueface CEO Outlines Ethical Guidelines for Facial Recognition

At a time of heightened controversy around government use of facial recognition technology, Trueface is laying out its own ethical guidelines for ‘responsibly deployed facial recognition’. Writing in a Medium post, Trueface CEO Shaun Moore groups his firm’s ethos under three main headings. The first, and perhaps most important, is “Humanity First”, a reference to…

Ousted Kairos CEO Cites Philosophical Differences in Counter-Suit

Ousted Kairos CEO Cites Philosophical Differences in Counter-Suit

“In addition to counter-suing, Brackeen is also pressuring shareholders to remove the Board and reinstate him as CEO…” Brian Brackeen, the founder and former CEO of facial recognition specialist Kairos, is counter-suing the company after it ejected him from his role and filed a suit against him over alleged theft and breach of duties. As…

Amazon Exec Defends Sale of Facial Recognition to Police in Internal Meeting

Amazon Exec Defends Sale of Facial Recognition to Police in Internal Meeting

“After an ACLU report revealed that Amazon had been selling facial recognition technology to police earlier this year, an assortment of privacy rights activists, shareholders, and even Amazon employees publicly decried the practice and called on the company to stop. “ Amazon is showing no sign of backing off from its marketing and sales of…

In Irish Politics, “Biometrics” Becoming a Dirty Word

In Irish Politics, “Biometrics” Becoming a Dirty Word

With government use of biometric technology becoming an increasingly sensitive issue in the public domain, an Irish government agency is waging a semantic battle over its use of facial recognition. The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection has been using face matching technology for years now in a bid to thwart fraud. The technology…

BRIEF: Society Begins to Grapple with Ethics of Biometrics

BRIEF: Society Begins to Grapple with Ethics of Biometrics

Like pretty much any other groundbreaking technology, biometrics has long carried the promise of great social benefit and the risk of potential abuse. It has always been exciting and controversial. But those qualities have only intensified as biometric technologies have advanced in their sophistication. Today, systems are emerging that can identify people through public security…