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Amazon urged not to sell facial recognition tool to police

Amazon urged not to sell facial recognition tool to police

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Amazon's decision to market a powerful face recognition tool to police is alarming privacy advocates, who say the tech giant's reach could vastly accelerate a dystopian future in which camera-equipped officers can identify and track people in real time, whether they're involved in crimes or not. It's not clear how many law enforcement agencies have purchased the tool, called Rekognition, since its launch in late 2016 or since its update last fall, when Amazon added capabilities that allow it to identify people in videos and follow their movements almost instantly. The Washington County Sheriff's Office in Oregon has used it to quickly compare unidentified suspects in surveillance images to a database of more than 300,000 booking photos from the county jail — a common use of such te...
Facebook seeks facial recognition consent in EU and Canada

Facebook seeks facial recognition consent in EU and Canada

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Facebook has started asking European and Canadian users to let it use facial recognition technology to identify them in photos and videos.Facebook originally began face-matching users outside Canada in 2011, but stopped doing so for EU citizens the following year after protests from regulators and privacy campaigners.The new request is one of several opt-in permissions being rolled out in advance of a new data privacy law.The move is likely to be controversial.The company is currently embroiled in a privacy scandal related to the use of its members' personal information by the political consultancy Cambridge Analytica.The social network is also facing a class-action lawsuit in the US for deploying the facial recognition technology there without users' explicit consent."Biometric identifica...
Facebook facial recognition faces class-action suit

Facebook facial recognition faces class-action suit

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Facebook must face a class action lawsuit over its use of facial recognition technology, a California judge has ruled.The lawsuit alleges that Facebook gathered biometric information without users' explicit consent.It involves the "tag suggestions" technology, which spots users' friends in uploaded photos. The lawsuit says this breaches Illinois state law.Facebook said the case had no merit and it would fight it vigorously.However in his order, US District Judge James Donato wrote: "Facebook seems to believe... statutory damages could amount to billions of dollars."'Face templates'On Monday, Judge Donato ruled to certify a class of Facebook users - a key legal hurdle for a class action suit.In a successful class action suit, any person in that group could be entitled to compensation. The c...
Study: Facial exercises improve middle-aged women's appearance

Study: Facial exercises improve middle-aged women's appearance

Health
Jan. 4 (UPI) -- Middle-aged women who perform facial exercises at least once every other day had improved facial appearance, researchers at Northwestern University report in a new study.In the study, which was published in the journal JAMA Dermatology, women with an average age of 50 had fuller upper and lower cheeks after conducting exercises over 20 weeks. The researchers said it is the first scientific study to test the premise of facial exercise improving appearance.Middle-aged women 40 to 65 years old underwent two sets of face-to-face 90-minute training sessions with Gary Sikorski of Happy Face Yoga, who developed the exercises and is a coauthor on the study.For the first eight weeks, participants did the exercises at home daily for 30 minutes. From the nine-week to 20-week points of...
Govt pressed on facial recognition delays

Govt pressed on facial recognition delays

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The Government has been pressed to explain delays over the Biometrics Strategy which will regulate the police use of controversial facial recognition technology.Writing to the minister for countering terrorism, the chair of the Science and Technology Committee requested "full clarity on what areas the strategy will cover, and the reasons for the continuing delay".Norman Lamb MP previously told Sky News that there were "genuine and legitimate concerns that we might not have the balance right" when it came to the technology.The Liberal Democrat described the five years of delay in the publication of the Biometrics Strategy as "intolerable" after ministers announced it would remain unpublished in 2017.Image:Norman Lamb MP's letter to the GovernmentFacial recognition technology which can ident...