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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...
Saab intros augmented reality training tool for military

Saab intros augmented reality training tool for military

Business
Nov. 28 (UPI) -- A new tool for military observers, controllers and exercise leaders that provides a 360 degree view of the battlefield is being introduced by Saab Defense.Called "We: Are," the tool is built on augmented reality for smart phones and tablets and was introduced Monday at the I/ITSEC simulation and training event in Orlando, Fla., this week."I/ITSEC is a great place for us to introduce this new tool to the training market," Asa Thegstrom, head of Saab's Training and Simulation business unit, said in a press release. "'We:Are' has been designed with simplicity and smoothness in mind.""With the device the exercise leader can focus on what is important, which is to keep track on the individuals and evaluate entire troops in the field."Saab said "We: Are" enables an observer to i...
Huddle's 'highly secure' work tool exposed KPMG and BBC files

Huddle's 'highly secure' work tool exposed KPMG and BBC files

Technology
The BBC has discovered a security flaw in the office collaboration tool Huddle that led to private documents being exposed to unauthorised parties.A BBC journalist was inadvertently signed in to a KPMG account, with full access to private financial documents.Huddle is an online tool that lets work colleagues share content and describes itself as "the global leader in secure content collaboration".The company said it had fixed the flaw.Its software is used by the Home Office, Cabinet Office, Revenue & Customs, and several branches of the NHS to share documents, diaries and messages."If somebody is putting themselves out there as a world-class service to look after information for you, it just shouldn't happen," said Prof Alan Woodward, from the University of Surrey. "Huddles contain som...
U.S. Navy awards Northrop Grumman contract for counter-IED tool

U.S. Navy awards Northrop Grumman contract for counter-IED tool

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Sept. 13 (UPI) -- The U.S. Navy awarded Northrop Grumman a contract for the full-rate production of software-programmable jammers for protection from improvised explosive devices, known as JCREW.The contract carries a value of $ 57.7 million and if all contract options are exercised, the value of the award would rise to $ 505 million, Northrop Grumman said in a news release Tuesday."JCREW is a crucial capability that's urgently needed in the field to protect our warfighters," Jeannie Hilger, vice president for communications business at Northrop Grumman Mission Systems, said in a statement. "The system developed by Northrop Grumman is exceedingly effective at defeating the innumerable immediate IED threats and designed for rapid updating to defeat new threats."The open architecture design ...