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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...
Detroit police challenged over face recognition flaws, bias

Detroit police challenged over face recognition flaws, bias

Technology
A Black man who was wrongfully arrested when facial recognition technology mistakenly identified him as a suspected shoplifter wants Detroit police to apologize — and to end their use of the controversial technology. The complaint by Robert Williams is a rare challenge from someone who not only experienced an erroneous face recognition hit, but was able to discover that it was responsible for his subsequent legal troubles. The Wednesday complaint filed on Williams' behalf alleges that his Michigan driver license photo — kept in a statewide image repository — was incorrectly flagged as a likely match to a shoplifting suspect. Investigators had scanned grainy surveillance camera footage of an alleged 2018 theft inside a Shinola watch store in midtown Detroit, police records show. That led t...
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...
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...
Delay in recognition of NPAs bad for financial health of banking sector: RBI

Delay in recognition of NPAs bad for financial health of banking sector: RBI

Finance
MUMBAI: Delays in recognition of non-performing assets (NPA) and the lack of timely allocation of provisions on these bad loans can impact the financial health of banks, the Reserve Bank of India said in its annual Trends and Progress report Tuesday. “Empirical evidence suggests that the profitability of banks that delay recognition and adequate provisioning for impaired assets is adversely affected as compared to those that act in a timely manner,” the central bank said in a report published Tuesday. After seeing seven consecutive years of rising bad loans, the banking sector in FY19 posted a decline in consolidated bad loans, data from the report showed. The gross NPA ratio in the fiscal year of 2018-19 came in at 9.1 percent as against 11.2 percent in the year-ago period, while net NPA ...