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Amazon bans police use of its face recognition for a year

Amazon bans police use of its face recognition for a year

Technology
Amazon says it will ban police use of its facial recognition technology for a year in order to give Congress time to come up with ways to regulate the technologyBy JOSEPH PISANI and MATT O'BRIEN Associated PressJune 11, 2020, 1:20 AM5 min read5 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleNEW YORK -- Amazon on Wednesday banned police use of its face-recognition technology for a year, making it the latest tech giant to step back from law-enforcement use of systems that have faced criticism for incorrectly identifying people with darker skin. The Seattle-based company did not say why it took action now. Ongoing protests following the death of George Floyd have focused attention on racial injustice in the U.S. and how police use technology to track people. Floyd died May 25 aft...
Coronavirus: Germany tightens curbs and bans meetings of more than two

Coronavirus: Germany tightens curbs and bans meetings of more than two

World
Germany has expanded curbs on social interactions to try to contain the coronavirus outbreak, banning public gatherings of more than two people.In a televised address, Chancellor Angela Merkel said "our own behaviour" was the "most effective way" of slowing the rate of infection.The measures included closing hair, beauty and massage studios. Other non-essential shops had already been shut.Shortly afterwards, Mrs Merkel's office said she would quarantine herself.A doctor who vaccinated her on Friday against pneumococcus, a pneumonia-causing bacteria, had tested positive for coronavirus. The chancellor, 65, will be tested regularly in the next few days and work from home, her spokesman said.Germany, Europe's largest economy, has so...
Africa’s cases above 1,000; presidents defy own travel bans

Africa’s cases above 1,000; presidents defy own travel bans

World
ABUJA, Nigeria -- Lockdowns have begun in Africa as coronavirus cases rise above 1,000, while Nigeria on Saturday announced it is closing airports to all incoming international flights for one month in the continent's most populous country. Rwanda said all unnecessary movements outside the home are banned for two weeks as of midnight except for essential services such as health care and shopping. The East African nation, which has 17 cases, told all public and private employees to work from home. Tunisia earlier imposed a lockdown as well. Meanwhile, two African heads of state appeared to defy their own travel restrictions to attend another president’s inauguration. Uganda, Eritrea and Angola announced their first cases, meaning 42 of Africa’s 54 countries are now affected. Congo and Ghan
China temporarily bans wildlife trade in wake of outbreak

China temporarily bans wildlife trade in wake of outbreak

Technology
BEIJING -- Chinese authorities announced a temporary ban on the trade of wild animals Sunday following a viral outbreak in Wuhan, saying they will “severely investigate and punish” violators. Local authorities will “strengthen inspections and severely investigate and punish those who are found in violation of the provisions of this announcement,” read the the ban issued by three government agencies. No wildlife can be transported or sold in any markets or online, according to text of the announcement in state media. Suspected violators will be sent to security services, and their will be properties closed and sealed. Legal breeding centers will be quarantined. The ban will continue until “the epidemic situation is lifted nationwide” in order to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus a
Sebi bans investment advisors from providing free trials

Sebi bans investment advisors from providing free trials

Finance
NEW DELHI: The Securities and Exchange Board of India on Friday announced measures to strengthen the conduct of investment advisors (IA). The market regulator restricts financial advisers to provide a free trial. Sebi said that investment advice can be given after completing risk profiling of the client and ensuring the suitability of the product. “It has come to the notice that investment advisors are providing advice on free trial basis without considering the risk profile of the client. Hence the IAs shall not provide free trial for any products/services to prospective clients. Further, IAs shall not accept part payments (where some part of the fee is paid in advance) for any product/service,” Sebi said. The market watchdog added that risk profiling of the client is essential to provide