racial bias

Michigan Lawmakers Call for Examination of Facial Recognition and Racial Bias

Michigan Lawmakers Call for Examination of Facial Recognition and Racial Bias

Detroit lawmakers are expressing concern about law enforcement’s use of facial recognition technology. City council member Roy McCalister, Jr. will be discussing the technology at an upcoming community forum, while US Representative Brenda Lawrence is planning to introduce legislation that would regulate the technology at the federal level. The Detroit Board of Police Commissioners formally…

UK Home Office Deployed Face Recognition Platform with Known Racial Biases

UK Home Office Deployed Face Recognition Platform with Known Racial Biases

Biometrics News – Facial Recognition The UK Home Office has come under fire for a passport checking system with significant racial biases. The platform has trouble identifying people with very dark and very light skin, and has repeatedly mistaken lips for open mouths when trying to map the faces of darker skinned individuals. The system…

Google Subcontractor Comes Under Fire for Dubious Data Collection Tactics

Google Subcontractor Comes Under Fire for Dubious Data Collection Tactics

Biometrics News – Mobile Biometrics – Facial Recognition A Google subcontractor is being scrutinized for its questionable data collection tactics. The company in question is Randstad, which hired and managed a field team of Google TVCs (Temps, Vendors, and Contractors) to gather face images from the general public. People were offered $5 gift cards in…

Kairos Places Facial Recognition Software on RapidAPI Marketplace

Kairos Places Facial Recognition Software on RapidAPI Marketplace

Kairos is hoping to expand its customer base thanks to a renewed partnership with RapidAPI. The facial recognition specialist has announced that its deep learning API platform will be listed on the RapidAPI marketplace, where it will be available to more than 500,000 developers. “Refreshing our partnership with RapidAPI reinforces our commitment to bring accurate…

Microsoft Refused to Sell Facial Recognition Tech to California Law Enforcement

Microsoft Refused to Sell Facial Recognition Tech to California Law Enforcement

In recent months, many companies have made headlines for selling biometric technology to police forces around the world. Microsoft, on the other hand, has done the opposite. Speaking at a conference at Stanford, company President Brad Smith revealed that Microsoft refused to sell its facial recognition tech to an unnamed law enforcement agency in California.…

New ‘Race Blind’ Biometric Access Control System Aimed at Agriculture Sector

New ‘Race Blind’ Biometric Access Control System Aimed at Agriculture Sector

Florida-based biometrics specialist SensibleVision has announced a new access control solution developed in collaboration with NoveTechnologies, a Nebraska-based agricultural technology firm. Called Protocol, the solution is based on 3D facial recognition, and is currently being offered in beta form to production facilities based on a monthly subscription model. In a statement announcing the solution, SensibleVision…

ACLU Uses Amazon’s Rekognition to Match Members of Congress with Mugshots

ACLU Uses Amazon’s Rekognition to Match Members of Congress with Mugshots

“…in responding the ACLU’s latest volley, a spokesperson emphasized that Rekognition is used to aid human review, and not to definitively link one facial image to another” The ACLU has turned Amazon’s facial recognition technology against the company itself in a damning new demonstration highlighting the technology’s flaws. The civil rights organization says that it…

Microsoft Reduces Biometric Bias (But Won’t Say How Much)

Microsoft Reduces Biometric Bias (But Won’t Say How Much)

Microsoft’s face scanning technology is now better able to determine the genders of subjects with darker skin tones, the company has announced. In a post on its AI Blog, Microsoft explained that it had reduced its system’s error rates by “up to 20 times,” and specified that for women the error rates had been reduced…