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Amazon urged not to sell facial recognition tool to police

Amazon urged not to sell facial recognition tool to police

Technology
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...
Face recognition police tools 'staggeringly inaccurate'

Face recognition police tools 'staggeringly inaccurate'

Technology
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...
Surabaya attacks: Family of five bomb Indonesia police headquarters

Surabaya attacks: Family of five bomb Indonesia police headquarters

World
A suicide bombing at a police headquarters in the Indonesian city of Surabaya on Monday was carried out by a family of five riding on two motorbikes, police say.It came after another family carried out bomb attacks on three churches on Sunday. Police blamed an Islamic State-inspired group.An eight-year-old daughter survived the latest attack, police say.Indonesia is the world's most populous Muslim-majority country. The archipelago, home to 260 million people, has seen a resurgence of Islamist militancy in recent months but the scale of the attacks in Surabaya has raised fresh concerns about the potency of jihadist networks.Video footage of the latest attack on the police headquarters shows two motorbikes approaching a checkpoint...
Police don’t know if crashed Tesla was in Autopilot

Police don’t know if crashed Tesla was in Autopilot

Technology
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...
9 dead after van hits pedestrians, driver in custody: Police

9 dead after van hits pedestrians, driver in custody: Police

World
Nine people were killed and at least 16 others injured after a white van hit pedestrians in Toronto, Canada, today, police said. The driver is under arrest, Toronto police told ABC News. Witness Ali Shaker saw the Ryder van jump the sidewalk and people walking were "crumbled up," he told CTV News. "He’s just hitting people one by one, going down," Shaker said. "It was a nightmare." Another witness Phil Zullo told CTV News he saw “shoes and hats flown everywhere.” Visibly frightened by what he saw, Shaker could barely recount the horror he witnessed. He said he was driving when the incident occurred. "I'm so shaky -- I can't believe this is happening," he said. "This is so unbelievable." Shaker said that he assumed at first that the driver was experiencing some kind of medical emerg