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Face recognition police tools 'staggeringly inaccurate'

Face recognition police tools 'staggeringly inaccurate'

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Police must address concerns over the use of facial recognition systems or may face legal action, the UK's privacy watchdog says.Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham said the issue had become a "priority" for her office.An investigation by campaign group Big Brother Watch suggested the technology flagged up a "staggering" number of innocent people as suspects.But police have defended the technology and say safeguards are in place.Which police forces are using facial recognition?Big Brother Watch submitted freedom of information requests to every police force in the UK. Two police forces acknowledged they were currently testing facial recognition cameras. The Metropolitan Police used facial recognition at London's Notting Hill carnival in 2016 and 201...
Tesla to be 'reorganised' as share price falls

Tesla to be 'reorganised' as share price falls

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Tesla's chief executive Elon Musk has told staff the firm is undergoing a "thorough reorganisation" after two of its cars were involved in crashes last week. The tech billionaire's email to employees also comes amid production problems and senior staff departures, with shares falling 2.1% to $ 297 on Monday.Mr Musk said the restructuring plans involve "flattening the management structure to improve communication", as well as trimming activities "not vital to the success of our mission".Tesla confirmed the contents of the email after they were reported by the Wall Street Journal.Mr Musk is trying to fix production headaches that have slowed the roll-out of its Model 3, a mid-market car seen as key to the company's success.The chief executive said in his email that Tesla will...
Trump seeks to save Chinese jobs at ZTE ahead of trade talks

Trump seeks to save Chinese jobs at ZTE ahead of trade talks

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China has welcomed a pledge from Donald Trump to help save ZTE, one of China's biggest telecoms companies. The firm has suspended operations after the US last month banned American companies from selling it components. ZTE had admitted to making illegal shipments to Iran and North Korea.But Mr Trump has now tweeted he will work with President Xi to help ZTE get "back into business fast", saying too many jobs in China were at risk.China's called the comments "positive". "We greatly appreciate the positive position of the US on the ZTE issue and are in close communication with the US on the details of the issue," foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said.US commentators say the tone of the tweet is a dramatic shift for Mr Trump, who has consistently accused C...
Police don’t know if crashed Tesla was in Autopilot

Police don’t know if crashed Tesla was in Autopilot

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A Tesla car which can be driven semi-autonomously - although drivers must keep their hands on the wheel - has crashed into a fire department truck stopped at a red light. The Model S rear-ended the mechanics truck in Utah in the western US at 60mph, apparently without braking before impactPolice said they do not know if Tesla's Autopilot feature was engaged.The driver broke their right ankle and the crash on Friday night is under investigation, police in South Jordan, a suburb of Salt Lake City said. Image: Police are finding out if the car was on autopilot. Pic: South Jordan Police Department The crash will be unwelcome news for Tesla owner Elon Musk as federal safety agencies are in the middle of investigating the pe...