Thousands of US police officers and public servants have reportedly used Clearview's controversial facial recognition tech without approval

Thousands of US police officers and public servants have reportedly used Clearview's controversial facial recognition tech without approval

Over 7,000 police officers and public servants in the US have been using or testing Clearview AI's facial recognition software without authorization from their departments, according to a report from BuzzFeed News.

Virginia lawmakers unanimously approve bill that bans facial recognition technology

Virginia lawmakers unanimously approve bill that bans facial recognition technology

Under the bill, any law enforcement agency using facial recognition technology must stop, and they can only get approval to use it if they seek special permission from the legislature beginning July 1.Democratic Delegate Lashrecse Aird was one of the bill's lead sponsors.

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: March 19, 2021

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: March 19, 2021

A lawsuit filed in June alleges Google actively violates privacy laws by continuing to “intercept, track and collect communications” even when people use Chrome’s Incognito Mode.Privacy and security company “pCloud” compiled data on which popular apps share the most personal information, based on Apple’s new privacy labels.

Suit: Company built 'most dangerous' facial recognition AI database in nation

Suit: Company built 'most dangerous' facial recognition AI database in nation

Civil liberties activists are suing a company that provides facial recognition services to law enforcement agencies and private companies around the world, contending that Clearview AI illegally stockpiled data on 3 billion people without their knowledge or permission.

Clearview AI uses your online photos to instantly ID you. That’s a problem, lawsuit says

Clearview AI uses your online photos to instantly ID you. That’s a problem, lawsuit says

Clearview AI enhances law enforcement agencies’ efforts to monitor these activists, as well as immigrants, people of color and those perceived as “dissidents,” such as Black Lives Matter activists, and can potentially discourage their engagement in protected political speech as a result, the plaintiffs say.

China’s Sharp Eyes CCTV surveillance program redefines the Neighborhood Watch

China’s Sharp Eyes CCTV surveillance program redefines the Neighborhood Watch

A Chinese government program known as the Sharp Eyes Project is the latest example of China’s technological surveillance infrastructure.Safe Cities focused on logistical considerations related to public security while SkyNet was dedicated to ensuring that the growing CCTV presence in China was connected to facial recognition algorithms.

Judge approves $650 million Facebook privacy settlement over facial recognition feature

Judge approves $650 million Facebook privacy settlement over facial recognition feature

Chicago attorney Jay Edelson sued Facebook in Cook County Circuit Court back in 2015, alleging that the platform’s use of facial recognition tagging was not allowed under the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act. The lawsuit claimed that Facebook’s Tag Suggestions tool, which scanned faces in users’ photos and offered suggestions about who the person might be, stored biometric data without users’ consent in violation of the Illinois law.

40+ Rights Groups Urge Biden to Halt Federal Use of 'Dangerous' Facial Recognition Technology

40+ Rights Groups Urge Biden to Halt Federal Use of 'Dangerous' Facial Recognition Technology

A coalition of more than 40 advocacy groups is calling on President Joe Biden to take executive action imposing a moratorium on U.S. government use of facial recognition and other biometric technology, block state and local governments from using federal funds for such tools, and support related legislation introduced in Congress last year.

Despite Scanning Millions of Faces, Feds Caught Zero Imposters at Airports Last Year

Despite Scanning Millions of Faces, Feds Caught Zero Imposters at Airports Last Year

Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty ImagesU.S. Customs and Border Protection scanned more than 23 million people with facial recognition technology at airports, seaports, and pedestrian crossings in 2020, the agency recently revealed in its annual report on trade and travel.

This is how we lost control of our faces

This is how we lost control of our faces

But then, spurred by the realization that facial recognition could track and identify individuals more effectively than fingerprints, the US Department of Defense pumped $6.5 million into creating the first large-scale face data set.

Spotify patents technology to recommend songs based on the speech, emotion of users

Spotify patents technology to recommend songs based on the speech, emotion of users

News Highlights: Spotify patents technology to recommend songs based on the speech, emotion of users.What is going on: Music stores worldwide reported this week that Spotify had filed in February 2018 and was granted this month a patent dat “uses speech recognition to determine [users’] “emotional state, gender, age, or accent” – characteristics that can then be used to recommend content.

The world’s most heavily surveilled cities (fresh report with latest statistics)

The world’s most heavily surveilled cities (fresh report with latest statistics)

CityCountryCCTV camerasPopulationCCTV cameras/1000 peopleCrime indexTaiyuanChina482,2563,891,127123.9451.47WuxiChina312,5313,256,02095.997.84LondonEngland631,6279,304,01667.8952.56ChangshaChina 285,0004,577,72365.2622.68BeijingChina1,310,21320,462,61064.0334.52HangzhouChina510,4147,642,14766.7921.46KunmingChina312,0004,443,18670.2329.17QingdaoChina374,4265,619,97766.627.42XiamenChina221,3453,720,14159.5019.09HarbinChina310,0006,387,19548.5330.17SuzhouChina350,0007,069,99249.5016.63ShanghaiChina1,126,22127,058,48041.6235.54UrumqiChina215,4894,368,86549.3226.72ChengduChina399,0009,135,76843.6724.18ShenzhenChina515,00012,356,82041.6833.43HyderabadIndia356,22110,004,14435.6043.46JinanChina250,0005,360,18546.6415.79ShenyangChina324,1297,220,10444.8943.46HefeiChina182,7254,241,51443.0811.03TianjinChina470,00013,589,07834.5830.28ChennaiIndia313,48310,971,10828.5740.68NanjingChina292,5978,847,37233.0713.31WuhanChina329,9838,364,97739.4424.45Changchun China264,8314,425,76159.8423.82GuangzhouChina684,57913,301,53251.4640.08ZhengzhouChina364,8935,322,69668.5521.84ChongqingChina336,57315,872,17921.2029.58BaghdadIraq189,8137,144,26026.5765.49MoscowRussia745,49112,537,95459.4639.68WenzhouChina148,7353,623,64641.0422.79DongguanChina274,5937,407,852,37.0646.73SingaporeSingapore114,7315,935,05319.3332.01DelhiIndia968,32130,290,39631.9858.69FoshanChina273,5427,326,85237.3336.4ShijiazhuangChina118,4764,114,39328.79N/ASydneyAustralia210,7854,925,98742.7933.45St. PetersburgRussia389,1495,467,80871.1739.222NanchangChina89,6743,598,42124.9226.47NanningChina98,5613,859,60825.5322.3LanzhouChina62,2753,080,52220.21N/AXinbei (New Taipei City)Taiwan84,3384,398,38319.1729.03IstanbulTurkey201,64915,190,33613.2747.37Hong KongHong Kong425,1147,547,65256.3220.91GuiyangChina170,5773,317,11051.42N/ADalianChina132,0005,617,84929.4917.53Los AngelesUnited States212,3844,015,94052.8846.5XianChina435,7468,000,96554.46N/ABangkokThailand132,58110,539,41512.5741.46GuadalajaraMexico76,9435,179,47914.8562.66BerlinGermany32,6703,562,0389.1741.08 20 most populated cities comparing with the number of CCTV available.PrivacySavvy researchers used multiple sources to estimate the number of CCTV cameras installed around the world.

Facial Recognition, Social Media Scouring Used to Vet National Guard

Facial Recognition, Social Media Scouring Used to Vet National Guard

With 25,000 National Guard members set to protect D.C. for Joe Biden 's inauguration, each member has been subject to a heavy vetting, which includes high-tech facial recognition.FBI vetting -- which is normal for high-security events -- begins by checking social media accounts, looking for connections to extremist groups.

Facial recognition use surges after Capitol riot

Facial recognition use surges after Capitol riot

With many of the participants posting footage of the riot to social media, officials nationwide are relying on software like Clearview AI — which matches photos of unidentified people with publicly posted images — including in jurisdictions that have enacted recent reforms about police use of the technology.

The Capitol Attack Doesn’t Justify Expanding Surveillance

The Capitol Attack Doesn’t Justify Expanding Surveillance

Right now, a growing chorus is demanding we use facial recognition, cellphone tower data, and every manner of invasive surveillance to punish the mob.Rather than responding to these attacks with a new mandate for expanded policing powers, we need to expand our civilian oversight.

Use of Clearview AI facial recognition tech spiked as law enforcement seeks to identify Capitol mob

Use of Clearview AI facial recognition tech spiked as law enforcement seeks to identify Capitol mob

Clearview AI’s CEO says that use of his company’s facial recognition technology among law enforcement spiked 26 percent the day after a mob of pro-Trump rioters attacked the US Capitol.Some 2,400 law enforcement agencies across the US use Clearview’s software, according to the company.

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: January 8, 2021

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: January 8, 2021

Man sues police after incorrect facial recognition match leads to wrongful arrest.Nijeer Parks was wrongfully arrested in February, 2019 due to an incorrect facial recognition match.On their end – NeoPets has acknowledged the exposed server, removed it, and told reporters that no user or account information was accessed.

News Release: Airport Screening While Wearing Masks Test

News Release: Airport Screening While Wearing Masks Test

Early results, released today on the Biometric Rally website, indicate:Without masks, median system performance demonstrated a ~93% identification rate, with the best-performing system correctly identifying individuals ~100% of the time.

Man sues police after incorrect facial recognition match leads to wrongful arrest

Man sues police after incorrect facial recognition match leads to wrongful arrest

Nijeer Parks is suing the police after he was arrested and jailed in 2019 for ten days based on an incorrect facial recognition match.

He spent 10 days in jail after facial recognition software led to the arrest of the wrong man, lawsuit says

He spent 10 days in jail after facial recognition software led to the arrest of the wrong man, lawsuit says

Parks attorney, Daniel Sexton of Jersey City, filed suit against the township, the police department and public officials, including Mayor John McCormac, alleging investigators violated his clients rights by relying on facial recognition software that has since been banned by the state.

New York suspends facial recognition use in schools

New York suspends facial recognition use in schools

New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoWashington governor to require 14-day quarantine for travelers arriving from UK, South Africa White House mulls requiring UK travelers to provide negative coronavirus test: report Overnight Health Care: Congress to pass deal with 0 stimulus checks | House panel subpoenas for Azar, Redfield CDC documents | Fauci, Azar to receive COVID-19 vaccine Tuesday MORE (D) signed legislation Tuesday pausing the use of facial recognition technology at K-12 schools in the state for two years.

Governor Cuomo Signs Legislation Suspending Use and Directing Study of Facial Recognition Technology in Schools

Governor Cuomo Signs Legislation Suspending Use and Directing Study of Facial Recognition Technology in Schools

"This legislation requires state education policymakers to take a step back, consult with experts and address privacy issues before determining whether any kind of biometric identifying technology can be brought into New York's schools.

Some UK Stores Are Using Facial Recognition to Track Shoppers

Some UK Stores Are Using Facial Recognition to Track Shoppers

A spokesperson for the firm says its “limited and targeted” use of facial recognition is to “identify when a known repeat offender enters one of our stores.”.

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: December 11, 2020

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: December 11, 2020

Now, thanks to a written inquiry by Senator Ron Wyden, we now know that the Patriot Act has been used for internet surveillance, as well.France rocked again by demonstrations against the new “Global Security Law”, which includes mass surveillance by police drones.

New York City Council votes to prohibit businesses from using facial recognition without public notice

New York City Council votes to prohibit businesses from using facial recognition without public notice

New York City Council today passed a privacy law for commercial establishments that prohibits retailers and other businesses from using facial recognition or other biometric tracking without public notice.

Facial Recognition Is Running Amok in China. The People Are Pushing Back.

Facial Recognition Is Running Amok in China. The People Are Pushing Back.

That was why his client, the law professor Guo Bing, sued the zoo not for the unauthorized use of his biometric data but for breaching the contract.If passed, the Hangzhou law would be China's first regulating the use of facial recognition in residential compounds.

Facial Recognition Company Lied to School District About its Racist Tech

Facial Recognition Company Lied to School District About its Racist Tech

The NIST tests demonstrated that all facial recognition algorithms perform worse on people of color .Motherboard obtained a copy of the Freed Maxick report from the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU), which is representing the Lockport parents in their lawsuit.

Facial recognition is getting better at making matches around face masks

Facial recognition is getting better at making matches around face masks

The error rates increased for every algorithm once researchers added masks to the test photos, even for facial recognition that was designed specifically for the coverings.One-to-many algorithms would test facial recognition's capabilities to match people against a group of images rather than the same photo.

Massachusetts on the verge of becoming first state to ban police use of facial recognition

Massachusetts on the verge of becoming first state to ban police use of facial recognition

If signed into law, Massachusetts would become the first state to fully ban the technology, following bans barring the use of facial recognition in police body cameras and other, more limited city-specific bans on the tech.

CBP wants to create a facial recognition database of every non-US citizen traveler to the United States

CBP wants to create a facial recognition database of every non-US citizen traveler to the United States

U.S. Customs Border Protection (CBP) has filed a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that highlights their ongoing plans to create a facial recognition database with mugshots of all non-US citizen travelers.