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Facial recognition use by South Wales Police ruled unlawful

Facial recognition use by South Wales Police ruled unlawful

Technology
The use of automatic facial recognition (AFR) technology by South Wales Police is unlawful, the Court of Appeal has ruled. It follows a legal challenge brought by civil rights group Liberty and Ed Bridges, 37, from Cardiff.But the court also found its use was proportionate interference with human rights as the benefits outweighed the impact on Mr Bridges. South Wales Police said it would not be appealing the findings.Mr Bridges had said being identified by AFR caused him distress.The court upheld three of the five points raised in the appeal.It said there was no clear guidance on where AFR Locate could be used and who could be put on a watchlist, a data protection impact assessment was deficient and the force did not take reasona...
European Union offers strategy for artificial intelligence, facial recognition

European Union offers strategy for artificial intelligence, facial recognition

World
Feb. 19 (UPI) -- A European Union strategy, announced Wednesday, calls for regulations for artificial intelligence and facial recognition. The plan to shape Europe's digital future is outlined in a 35-page paper and focuses on making Europe a leader in a shared data market. It suggests creating a "European Data Space" between member nations, with heightened transparency, and argues that access to more data will aid the growth of the European technology sector. "The point is that Europe's digital transition must protect and empower citizens, businesses and society as a whole," said Ursula von der Leyen, European Commission president, in a statement Wednesday. "It has to deliver for people so that they feel the benefits of technology in their lives. To make this happen, Europe needs to hav...
Brooklyn Nets’ Kyrie Irving suffers facial fracture at practice facility

Brooklyn Nets’ Kyrie Irving suffers facial fracture at practice facility

Sports
Sept. 25 (UPI) -- Brooklyn Nets star point guard Kyrie Irving suffered a left-side facial fracture after being elbowed in the face during a workout at the team's practice facility, the team announced Wednesday. The Nets labeled Irving as day-to-day with the injury. Brooklyn sent Irving to the hospital for further evaluation Tuesday after he was injured during a pickup game. League sources told the New York Daily News that Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson accompanied him to the hospital following the injury. The Nets signed Irving in July after two seasons with the Boston Celtics. He had to wear a protective mask during games to protect a previous facial fracture, including early in the 2017-18 campaign after he was elbowed by former teammate Aron Baynes. The team officially opens training ...
Growing backlash in China against A.I. and facial recognition

Growing backlash in China against A.I. and facial recognition

Finance
A display for facial recognition and artificial intelligence is seen on monitors at Huawei's Bantian campus on April 26, 2019 in Shenzhen, China.Kevin Frayer | Getty ImagesChina's seemingly unfettered push into facial recognition is getting some high-level pushback.Face-swapping app Zao went viral last weekend, but it subsequently triggered a backlash from media — both state-run and private — over the apparent lack of data privacy protections.The app also stirred controversy as it allows users to upload photos of themselves and superimpose their faces on clips of celebrities or anyone else. Its capability raised concerns that people could manipulate videos to spread disinformation.This backlash shows that the concept of data privacy is gaining ground in China, and increasingly users are le...
Met Police gave images for King’s Cross facial recognition scans

Met Police gave images for King’s Cross facial recognition scans

Technology
London's Metropolitan Police Service has revealed that it supplied the images used in facial recognition scans carried out by the developers of the King's Cross estate.The police force had previously said it had not been involved, but has now acknowledged that this was "incorrect".London's mayor has asked for a report to reveal exactly what data was shared with whom "as a matter of urgency".The Surveillance Camera Commissioner is also making inquiries."In light of this acknowledgement from the MPS I will be contacting senior officers at the force to understand how they were complying with section 33 of the Protection of Freedoms Act and paying due regard to the Surveillance Camera Code of Practice," Tony Porter told the BBC.The c...