In June the U.S. Government Accountability Office released a report detailing the widespread use of facial recognition technology, including law enforcement using databases of faceprints from government agencies and private firms. Privacy and civil rights organizations have been warning for the last few years that the use of facial recognition […]

Surprise, surprise, the European Commission (EC) had a “Roadmap on Vaccination ” ready months before the COVID-19 pandemic broke out. Daniele Pozzati – Strategic Culture Foundation June 29, 2020 The Roadmap should lead to a “commission proposal for a common vaccination card / passport for EU citizens by 2022”. Last […]

Police conducted a trial of controversial facial recognition software without consulting their own bosses or the Privacy Commissioner By Mackenzie Smith of rnz.co.nz The American firm Clearview AI’s system, which is used by hundreds of police departments in the United States and several other countries, is effectively a search engine for […]

Microsoft committed to protecting democratic freedoms. Then it funded an Israeli facial recognition firm that secretly watched West Bank Palestinians. By Olivia Solon NBC News Microsoft has invested in a startup that uses facial recognition to surveil Palestinians throughout the West Bank, in spite of the tech giant’s public pledge […]

A U.S. Senator called for an end to facial recognition in airports due to lack of oversight on the technology. Meanwhile, facial recognition is spreading across the U.S. in schools everywhere according to a report. By Aaron Kesel Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., brought up several issues with facial recognition technologies […]

It’s no longer just always-listening microphones — Google’s new Nest Hub Max smart display adds a camera that’s always scanning for faces. Source: C/Net Google Home and Nest Hub gadgets already feature microphones that are always listening for the words that wake up the Assistant (“OK, Google” or “Hey, Google”). […]