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Moscow Court Ruling May Open Door to Biometric Surveillance

Moscow Court Ruling May Open Door to Biometric Surveillance

The Savelovsky court of Moscow has ruled against the notion that the use of facial recognition cameras is in violation of the Russian Constitution with regards to the collection of personal data and an individual’s rights to privacy. In a case brought forward by plaintiff Alena Popova the courts declared that her arrest in 2018…

China Begins Testing Emotion Recognition Technology in Xinjiang Region

China Begins Testing Emotion Recognition Technology in Xinjiang Region

China has begun testing surveillance technology in its northwestern Xinjiang region that aims to predict an individuals’ behavior by reading their emotional state. The technology uses cameras to scan people’s faces and ‘read’ their facial expressions in order to “identify criminal suspects by analyzing their mental state… to prevent illegal acts including terrorism and smuggling,”…

Israeli AI Startup Backed by Microsoft Linked to Surveillance of Palestinians

Israeli AI Startup Backed by Microsoft Linked to Surveillance of Palestinians

Biometrics News – Facial Recognition An Israeli artificial intelligence startup with investments from a number of American companies including Microsoft has been linked to the biometric surveillance of Palestinians. AnyVision is an international tech company based in Israel that raised $78 million in June from an investment group including American tech giant Microsoft. One of…

Documents Reveal ICE’s Biometric Scans of DMV Databases

Documents Reveal ICE’s Biometric Scans of DMV Databases

The Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency has been scanning DMV records with facial recognition to find undocumented immigrants, according to a new report from The Washington Post. The revelation arrives via public records requested by the Georgetown Law Center on Privacy and Technology, and show that ICE agents requested facial recognition searches of DMV databases…

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…

NYPD Using China-made Facial Recognition Tech in Secret Surveillance Program, Report

NYPD Using China-made Facial Recognition Tech in Secret Surveillance Program, Report

“…South China Morning Post suggests that the NYPD’s use of China-made facial recognition technology is extensive and surreptitious.” The same facial recognition surveillance technology being used by Chinese authorities has also been embraced by the New York Police Department, according to a new report from the South China Morning Post. Citing an industry report, the…

House Bill Aims to Formalize Biometric Intelligence Sharing with US Allies

House Bill Aims to Formalize Biometric Intelligence Sharing with US Allies

A new piece of legislation aimed at facilitating the sharing of biometric intelligence on foreigners posing a potential security threat to the US has passed through the House Homeland Security Committee. Dubbed the “Biometric Identification Migration Alert Program (BITMAP) Authorization Act of 2018”, the bill passed by a vote of 20-7. The BITMAP program entails…

UK’s Biometrics Commissioner Calls for More Transparency from Home Office

UK’s Biometrics Commissioner Calls for More Transparency from Home Office

The UK’s Biometrics Commissioner is not satisfied with the recently published Home Office Biometrics Strategy. In a formal response to the Strategy, which was issued last week, Biometrics Commissioner Paul Wiles bemoaned the document’s lack of detail about where the UK government’s use of biometric technology is headed, asserting that it “says little about what future…

Interpol Nears Completion of Voice Identification System

Interpol Nears Completion of Voice Identification System

Interpol is currently in the final stages of the development of an international voice biometrics database to be shared with member police agencies. Called the Speaker Identification Integrated Project, it includes voice samples from 192 law enforcement agencies, and is designed to let Interpol members and affiliates use voice recognition technology to match suspects against…