privacy issues

India’s Privacy Advocates Voice Concerns About Biometric Surveillance Contract

India’s Privacy Advocates Voice Concerns About Biometric Surveillance Contract

Indian privacy advocates are once again voicing their concerns as the government of India prepares to hand out a landmark contract for a national facial recognition surveillance system. The Prime Minister opened the bidding for the contract back in September, for a system that is supposed to help an understaffed police force identify criminals and…

Face Biometrics Month: The Primer

Face Biometrics Month: The Primer

Of all the biometric modalities, facial recognition has become one of the most widely used and discussed in recent years. That’s why November is Face Biometrics Month at FindBiometrics, in which we’ll be delivering in-depth articles and other special features dedicated to this technology. It’s a broad category though, with facial recognition deployed across a…

Facial Recognition Lawsuit Could Be First of its Kind in China

Facial Recognition Lawsuit Could Be First of its Kind in China

In what many domestic news outlets are describing as a first, a Chinese citizen is suing a theme park over its use of biometric technology on attendees. The park in question is a safari park in Hangzhou, which previously linked park passes to the fingerprints of pass holders, but recently moved to a new system…

Tom Morello and Evan Greer Rage Against the Facial Recognition Machine

Tom Morello and Evan Greer Rage Against the Facial Recognition Machine

Biometrics News – Facial Recognition Tom Morello and Evan Greer have penned an incendiary op-ed for Buzzfeed to encourage the public to mobilize against the ongoing rollout of facial recognition. The article specifically references the recent (and successful) efforts to prevent the deployment of facial recognition tech at large music festivals, suggesting that it could…

Hong Kong Police Refuse to Confirm or Deny Use of Facial Recognition on Protestors

Hong Kong Police Refuse to Confirm or Deny Use of Facial Recognition on Protestors

Hong Kong police have access to facial recognition technology, but it isn’t clear if they have deployed it in their response to ongoing public protests, reports the South China Morning Post. Citing anonymous individuals who are familiar with the matter, the report says that Hong Kong’s police force has been contracting facial recognition technology from…

SIA Advocates for Facial Recognition in Letter to US Lawmakers

SIA Advocates for Facial Recognition in Letter to US Lawmakers

A large coalition of organizations and trade associations has asked Congress to reconsider public bans on facial recognition technology. The group sent a letter to leading Democrat and Republican lawmakers, encouraging them to establish clear federal guidelines in collaboration with industry representatives. According to the Security Identity Association (SIA), the letter is part of a…

Biometrics a Key Factor in Comparitech Ranking of Countries’ Privacy, Surveillance Practices

Biometrics a Key Factor in Comparitech Ranking of Countries’ Privacy, Surveillance Practices

The United States ranks just as poorly as the worst European Union members when it comes to privacy laws and government surveillance, according to a new analysis from Comparitech. Conducted by privacy advocate and tech journalist Paul Bischoff, the analysis scores various countries out of five, with 4.1-5 indicating that a country ‘upholds privacy standards…

Sensetime Partnership Brings Chinese Cell Tower Company Into Biometric Surveillance

Sensetime Partnership Brings Chinese Cell Tower Company Into Biometric Surveillance

China’s extensive biometric surveillance apparatus is poised to expand even further through the efforts of a major cell tower company: China Tower has established a new subsidiary called Smart Tower that is aimed at offering video surveillance services. As Light Reading reports, China Tower is jointly owned by China’s three major telecoms, and has 1.9…

Good ID Highlights Need for Policies that Limit Police Use of Facial Recognition

Good ID Highlights Need for Policies that Limit Police Use of Facial Recognition

Law enforcement’s unmonitored use of facial recognition technology has come under increasing scrutiny in the past few months. Bernie Sanders has echoed San Francisco and called for a complete ban on the police use of the technology, while Microsoft recently stated that it will refuse to sell its facial recognition tech for mass surveillance. With…

Magisto User Sues Vimeo for BIPA Violations

Magisto User Sues Vimeo for BIPA Violations

Vimeo is the latest tech company to get hit with a BIPA lawsuit in Illinois. The lawsuit specifically concerns the video editing app Magisto, which Vimeo acquired earlier this year. Filed in Cook County by Bradley Acaley, the lawsuit alleges that Magisto does not obtain sufficient consent for its use of facial recognition data. The…

Chinese Researchers Develop 500MP Camera System That Can Image Tens of Thousands

Chinese Researchers Develop 500MP Camera System That Can Image Tens of Thousands

“… at least one of the researchers involved in the project has highlighted its potential use for police in monitoring crowds…” Chinese researchers have developed a 500MP camera system able to capture detailed images of tens of thousands of faces in a single frame, according to a new report. The system was developed by researchers…

India Plans to Open Bidding for Massive Face Recognition Surveillance System

India Plans to Open Bidding for Massive Face Recognition Surveillance System

India is moving forward with plans to set up a massive facial recognition surveillance scheme. The proposed system would centralize biometric data from multiple national databases, and would gather new data through a network of facial recognition cameras that would be set up throughout the country. Officials are hoping that the new system will help…

Detroit Officials Reach Compromise on Police Use of Facial Recognition

Detroit Officials Reach Compromise on Police Use of Facial Recognition

City officials in Detroit have come to a compromise on police use of facial recognition technology, with an oversight committee clearing it for criminal investigations but banning the technology’s use in live surveillance. Police in Detroit had first started using facial recognition software in 2017, with Detroit City Council having approved its purchase. But as…

Chicago Heating Company Faces New BIPA Lawsuit

Chicago Heating Company Faces New BIPA Lawsuit

Another business may have run afoul of the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA). Kevin Truss has filed a class action lawsuit against Four Seasons Heating & Air Conditioning Inc., alleging that the Chicago-based company violated the law when it forced him to scan his biometric information in order to clock in and out for…

Gatwick Airport Expands Biometric Boarding Program

Gatwick Airport Expands Biometric Boarding Program

The UK’s Gatwick Airport is planning to make biometric boarding permanent following a successful trial with EasyJet. A second self-boarding trial will begin in the next six months, with the technology to then be installed at eight departure gates when the North Terminal’s Pier 6 expansion opens in 2022. The new gates will use facial…

Microsoft Refuses to Sell Facial Recognition Tech for Mass Surveillance

Microsoft Refuses to Sell Facial Recognition Tech for Mass Surveillance

Microsoft is doubling down on its commitment to the ethical use of facial recognition. The company previously refused to sell facial recognition technology to a California law enforcement agency, and has now extended that moratorium to any government organization that would misuse the technology, specifically for surveillance. “We won’t sell facial recognition services for the…

Facebook Gives More Users an ‘Off’ Switch for Facial Recognition

Facebook Gives More Users an ‘Off’ Switch for Facial Recognition

The ongoing controversy about the public use of facial recognition technology may have given Facebook a little chill in recent months, with the company recently announcing changes in how it uses facial recognition technology on its social media platform. Essentially, the changes are about turning Facebook’s use of facial recognition into an ‘opt-in’, rather than…

California Legislature Approves 3-Year Moratorium on Police Use of Face-Scanning Body Cams

California Legislature Approves 3-Year Moratorium on Police Use of Face-Scanning Body Cams

“It’s worth noting that this latest state legislation is concerned specifically with the use of facial recognition technology through police-worn body cameras…” California’s State Assembly has approved a moratorium on the use of facial recognition technology through police body cameras. The legislation originated earlier this year as an outright ban, and was passed in the…

New Study Finds Consumers Will Trade Privacy for Access to Services

New Study Finds Consumers Will Trade Privacy for Access to Services

A new report from Strategy Analytics suggests that consumers are willing to put up with data breaches and privacy violations for the sake of convenience. The firm’s researchers found that while most people underestimated how much of their personal information – including biometric information – was available to corporate entities, they didn’t mind sharing that…

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