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The US is developing drones with facial recognition software: How this could be lethal
World

The US is developing drones with facial recognition software: How this could be lethal

The US Air Force has signed a contract worth $729,056 (Rs 6.03 crore) with a Seattle-based firm to integrate drones with facial recognition software. There’s a worry this integration could be deadly, as it would make it easier to carry out clandestine and lethal activities without accountability

DigiYatra facial recognition system launches at airports: How this will change security
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DigiYatra facial recognition system launches at airports: How this will change security

DigiYatra, the brainchild of the Ministry of Civil Aviation, allows airline passengers to be automatically processed based on a facial recognition system at several checkpoints including entry, security check and boarding aircraft. It is expected to reduce wait times and enhance security

Samsung patents a new facial recognition system for smartphones with a new dual under-display camera setup
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Samsung patents a new facial recognition system for smartphones with a new dual under-display camera setup

Samsung is working on a new facial recognition system that uses two under-the-display cameras and will be much harder to bypass or fool using masks or photographs.

Lok Sabha clears Criminal Procedure (Identification) Bill: It’s a need of the hour, but we should proceed with caution
India

Lok Sabha clears Criminal Procedure (Identification) Bill: It’s a need of the hour, but we should proceed with caution

Apart from aiding in the investigation and trial process, experts believe that the Bill will also end police atrocity and bring transparency

Israeli firm develops body cameras with facial recognition to detect suspects in real time
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Israeli firm develops body cameras with facial recognition to detect suspects in real time

The technology allows clients to build databases, whether of company employees allowed into a building, ticket holders permitted into a stadium, or suspects wanted by the police

Amazon implements a one-year moratorium on police use of its facial recognition software
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Amazon implements a one-year moratorium on police use of its facial recognition software

Amazon says it has pushed for regulations to ensure the software was used ethically.

Microsoft declines to sell facial recognition tech to police until there is a law to regulate it
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Microsoft declines to sell facial recognition tech to police until there is a law to regulate it

Microsoft said it has worked on enacting principles and legislation for the software’s use.

IBM will stop offering facial recognition software, will oppose tech's use for mass surveillance, social profiling
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IBM will stop offering facial recognition software, will oppose tech's use for mass surveillance, social profiling

IBM's decision to get out of the facial recognition business comes amid US protests over the death of George Floyd.

Washington State signs facial recognition curbs into law; critics demand ban
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Washington State signs facial recognition curbs into law; critics demand ban

Facial recognition software can identify individuals in photos and videos based on a database of known subjects.

Amid Coronavirus outbreak, Chinese company develops tech that can identify people even with their masks on
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Amid Coronavirus outbreak, Chinese company develops tech that can identify people even with their masks on

Coronavirus has resulted in almost everyone wearing a surgical mask outdoors posing a particular problem for surveillance.

Facebook's facial recognition lawsuit settlement stirs conversation about 'biometric privacy'
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Facebook's facial recognition lawsuit settlement stirs conversation about 'biometric privacy'

Facebook agreed to pay $550 million to settle a case alleging it illegally collected biometric information for 'face tagging'.

Indian railways to use facial recognition by 2020 end despite warnings against privacy breach
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Indian railways to use facial recognition by 2020 end despite warnings against privacy breach

The system is being trialled in Bengaluru where about half a million faces are scanned every day.

Facebook will pay $550 mn to settle facial recognition suit pertaining to its 'Tag Suggestions' feature
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Facebook will pay $550 mn to settle facial recognition suit pertaining to its 'Tag Suggestions' feature

Facebook disclosed the settlement as part of its quarterly financial results, in which it took a charge on the case.

European Union drops idea of facial recognition ban in public areas: Report
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European Union drops idea of facial recognition ban in public areas: Report

Facial recognition artificial intelligence has sparked a global debate about the pros and cons of a technology.

Clearview AI is the latest viral hit among law enforcement agencies which could end privacy as we know it
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Clearview AI is the latest viral hit among law enforcement agencies which could end privacy as we know it

Clearview’s app carries extra risks because law enforcement agencies are uploading sensitive photos to the servers of a company whose ability to protect its data is untested.

EU might ban facial recognition tech in public areas for up to five years
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EU might ban facial recognition tech in public areas for up to five years

Exceptions to the facial recognition ban could be made for security projects as well as research and development.

Facial recognition used by police in the US falls short on many fronts, but that doesn't bother many law enforcement agencies
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Facial recognition used by police in the US falls short on many fronts, but that doesn't bother many law enforcement agencies

Officials in Florida said that they query the system 4,600 times a month. But the technology is no magic bullet

Protests in the age of facial recognition: No legal oversight in implementation could lead to illegal surveillance
India

Protests in the age of facial recognition: No legal oversight in implementation could lead to illegal surveillance

Just like the controversial Aadhaar database was built without a law, all other surveillance infrastructure is being built without a law on surveillance.

Laboratories in China are mining DNA samples to map faces with help from the West
science

Laboratories in China are mining DNA samples to map faces with help from the West

Uighurs and human rights groups have said authorities collected DNA samples, images of irises and other personal data during mandatory health checks.

China starts new mandatory rule for telcos to scan faces of new mobile phone users
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China starts new mandatory rule for telcos to scan faces of new mobile phone users

China is home to some of the world’s leaders in facial recognition software, including Megvii and SenseTime.