Facial recognition can speed you through airport security, but there's a cost

Facial recognition can speed you through airport security, but there's a cost

"US Customs and Border Protection is changing the face of travel with its cloud-based facial biometric matching service," the agency says in a pamphlet explaining the technology.

IBM’s photo-scraping scandal shows what a weird bubble AI researchers live in

IBM’s photo-scraping scandal shows what a weird bubble AI researchers live in

On Tuesday, NBC published a story with a gripping headline: “Facial recognition’s ‘dirty little secret’: Millions of online photos scraped without consent.” I linked to it in our last Algorithm issue, but it’s worth a revisit today.

Criminal Suspects Deserve Genetic Privacy, Too

Criminal Suspects Deserve Genetic Privacy, Too

Both sites allow individuals to obtain raw DNA data files, which they can then upload to an open-source database like GEDmatch in order to connect them to distant family members.

Most Companies Aren't Ready for California's Tough New Privacy Law

Most Companies Aren't Ready for California's Tough New Privacy Law

About half of the professionals surveyed currently fall under the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation, a set of new privacy laws that went into effect in May. Of those professionals, half of them say their GDPR programs are helping them plan for California’s new rules.

With facial recognition, shoplifting may get you banned in places you've never been

With facial recognition, shoplifting may get you banned in places you've never been

If a logged person tries entering the store, Kogniz's facial recognition will be able to detect that and flag security, Daniel Putterman, the company's co-founder and director, said in an interview. There aren't any rules or standards governing how companies use facial recognition technology.

Facial recognition has no checks, and that’s bad news for our privacy

Facial recognition has no checks, and that’s bad news for our privacy

If a logged person tries entering the store, Kogniz's facial recognition will be able to detect that and flag security, Daniel Putterman, the company's co-founder and director, said in an interview. One store that uses Kogniz shares its login information with its local police department, Putterman said.

Tracking tools found on EU government and health websites

Tracking tools found on EU government and health websites

These are external links and will open in a new window Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Almost all EU government websites have trackers Online tools which track user behaviour for advertisers have been found on a swathe of EU public health websites, including NHS and Gov.uk pages.

FBI tracked Michael Cohen's phones with controversial device

FBI tracked Michael Cohen's phones with controversial device

Search warrant documents made public Tuesday show the FBI used highly secretive and controversial cellphone sweeping technology to zero-in on President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer when agents raided his New York City home, hotel room and office last year.

Amazon's Rekognition software lets cops track faces: Here's what you need to know

Amazon's Rekognition software lets cops track faces: Here's what you need to know

Civil liberties groups such as the ACLU have already raised concerns about the speedy adoption of facial recognition tech among US law enforcement agencies and the potential for its abuse, particularly against immigrants and people of color.

Nevada considers technology to scan cellphones after crashes

Nevada considers technology to scan cellphones after crashes

(AP) — Most states ban texting behind the wheel, but a legislative proposal could make Nevada one of the first states to allow police to use a contentious technology to find out if a person was using a cellphone during a car crash.

Facial recognition overkill: How deputies cracked a $12 shoplifting case

Facial recognition overkill: How deputies cracked a $12 shoplifting case

WCSO Via public records requests, CNET reviewed seven sheriff's office reports that showed facial recognition being put to use in making an arrest. Deputy Jeff Talbot, Washington County's public information officer, said WCSO has made arrests on "crimes on multiple levels" using Rekognition, not just minor offenses.

Google's work in China benefiting China's military: U.S. general

Google's work in China benefiting China's military: U.S. general

REUTERS/Aly Song “The work that Google is doing in China is indirectly benefiting the Chinese military,” Marine General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing.

New facial recognition bill would require consent before companies could share data

New facial recognition bill would require consent before companies could share data

A new bill introduced in the Senate today would prohibit commercial companies using facial recognition technology from sharing people’s data without their explicit consent.

How Facebook stands to profit from its ‘privacy’ push

How Facebook stands to profit from its ‘privacy’ push

But critics say the announcement obscures Facebook’s deeper motivations: To expand lucrative new commercial services, continue monopolizing the attention of users, develop new data sources to track people and frustrate regulators who might be eyeing a breakup of the social-media behemoth.

When Facial Recognition Is Used to Identify Defendants, They Have a Right to Obtain Information About the Algorithms Used on Them, EFF Tells Court

When Facial Recognition Is Used to Identify Defendants, They Have a Right to Obtain Information About the Algorithms Used on Them, EFF Tells Court

We urged the Florida Supreme Court yesterday to review a closely-watched lawsuit to clarify the due process rights of defendants identified by facial recognition algorithms used by law enforcement.

Vizio wants next-generation smart TVs to target ads to households

Vizio wants next-generation smart TVs to target ads to households

(Reuters) - Smart TV manufacturer Vizio has formed a partnership with nine media and advertising companies to develop an industry standard that will allow smart TVs to target advertisements to specific households, the companies said Tuesday.

Web 3.0: The decentralised web promises to make the internet free again

Web 3.0: The decentralised web promises to make the internet free again

But it could also be a decentralised web that challenges the dominance of the tech giants by moving us away from relying so heavily on a few companies, technologies and a relatively small amount of internet infrastructure Peer-to-peer technology When we currently access the web, our computers use the HTTP protocol in the form of web addresses to find information stored at a fixed location, usually on a single server.

Why the 2020 US election campaign will be brutal for Big Tech

Why the 2020 US election campaign will be brutal for Big Tech

The Massachusetts senator is calling for legislation that would designate the companies as “platform utilities” and the appointment of regulators who would unwind technology mergers that undermine competition and harm innovation and small businesses.

Tim Berners-Lee on 30 years of the web: 'If we dream a little, we can get the web we want'

Tim Berners-Lee on 30 years of the web: 'If we dream a little, we can get the web we want'

Photograph: 1994-2017 CERN It is a minor regret, but one he has had for years about the way he decided to “bootstrap” the web up to something that could handle a lot of users very quickly: by building on the pre-existing service for assigning internet addresses, the domain name system ( DNS ), he gave up the chance to build something better.

The Rise Of Totalitarian Technology

The Rise Of Totalitarian Technology

The TSA operates its own total tech program, called Quiet Skies, which monitors and flags travelers based on “suspicious” behavior patterns . The future of total tech in America and elsewhere in the west will be a battle between the drive for efficiency and the preservation of privacy and autonomy.

Preventing Government Facial Recognition Oppression

Preventing Government Facial Recognition Oppression

The report notes that law enforcement can use facial recognition technology for four purposes: arrest identification (to confirm an arrestee's ID), field identification (to ID a person stopped by an officer), investigative identification (to obtain images for IDing an unidentified suspect), and real-time surveillance (to match unidentified folks to a watchlist).

This AI Detects Shoplifters Before They Steal, But There's Something Even Creepier About It

This AI Detects Shoplifters Before They Steal, But There's Something Even Creepier About It

to protect the safety of stations, airports, shopping streets, houses and school roads," ignores the threats created by giant databases of highly personal information that have proven, as in the cases of Equifax, Mariott, and Yahoo among others, to be poorly secured soft targets that can be VAAK's valorous talk of using their technology to analyze "suspicious activity, dangerous behavior, annoying behavior, etc.

In-flight displays could be watching you

In-flight displays could be watching you

The Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) asserts these fears are misplaced, however, with their CEO Joe Leader claiming that “the greatest risk to airline passenger privacy breaches come from their own smartphones, tablets, cameras, computers, and smart devices used in private settings.” Kamluk disagrees, arguing that “the true risk comes from potential unauthorized access to these devices from powerful malicious attackers.” Until a scandal breaks out we’re likely not going to know who’s right here.

Reprising ‘Trust Sucks’. With Nick Espinosa

Reprising ‘Trust Sucks’. With Nick Espinosa

With Nick Espinosa Speaker: Nicole Stephensen Nick Espinosa, Chief Security Fanatic and host of the nationally syndicated radio show “The Deep Dive” (USA), shares an insightful view about Trust – in particular, the erosion of cognitive trust in our reliance on digital technologies and how governments, industry and others can address this.

A Serious Concern About Post-Quantum Cryptography and Strength Targets

A Serious Concern About Post-Quantum Cryptography and Strength Targets

A “Security Level 1” cipher that has a breakthrough that allows a sqrt speedup on analysis suddenly only has 64 or less “bits of strength”, which is very breakable.

Don’t look now: why you should be worried about machines reading your emotions

Don’t look now: why you should be worried about machines reading your emotions

The labelling process that Affectiva and other emotion detection companies use to train algorithms can only identify what Barrett calls “emotional stereotypes”, which are like emojis, symbols that fit a well-known theme of emotion within our culture.

‘Futuristic’ PopID machines improve restaurant efficiency, raise privacy concerns

‘Futuristic’ PopID machines improve restaurant efficiency, raise privacy concerns

While the Ray’s Grill and Treehouse kiosks have been installed since Jan. 12 and Feb. 26, respectively, Danial Shadmany ’21 and Olivia Flournoy ’21 said they had not used them before being approached by The Daily.

China’s Huawei has big ambitions to weaken the US grip on AI leadership

China’s Huawei has big ambitions to weaken the US grip on AI leadership

The company’s technological ubiquity, and the fact that Chinese companies are ultimately answerable to their government, are big reasons why the US views Huawei as an unprecedented national security threat.

These Cameras Can Spot Shoplifters Even Before They Steal

These Cameras Can Spot Shoplifters Even Before They Steal

At Third Eye, Merkatz said she’s been approached by security management companies looking to leverage their AI technology.

Neutrino Saga Reveals Coinbase User Data Was Leaked

Neutrino Saga Reveals Coinbase User Data Was Leaked

Now, a Coinbase executive has reportedly gone on record to state that a previous intelligence firm hired by the exchange was caught selling customer data to third parties for a profit.

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