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Tag Archives: Facial Recognition Software
Which Stores Are Scanning Your Face? No One Knows.
Our reporter took a five-mile walk around Manhattan to find businesses that are using facial recognition technology.
Fatal Overdoses of 2 Who Died After Leaving Gay Bars Are Ruled Homicides
The New York City medical examiner’s findings came about a year after one of the victims was found abandoned in the back of a taxi.
As A.I. Booms, Lawmakers Struggle to Understand the Technology
Tech innovations are again racing ahead of Washington’s ability to regulate them, lawmakers and A.I. experts said.
Meta, Long an AI Leader, Tries Not to Be Left Out of the Boom
It has long had technology to rival chatbots like ChatGPT, but can’t afford to back artificial intelligence that can spread misinformation and toxic content.
At This School, Computer Science Class Now Includes Critiquing Chatbots
Move over, coding. Some schools are asking student programmers to think critically about rapid advances in artificial intelligence.
James Dolan Says He Might Ban Liquor at a Rangers Game in Madison Square Garden
James Dolan barred adversaries using facial recognition technology, and politicians bridled. Now, he is threatening to ban beer at a Rangers game.
AI Needs To Be Regulated Now
Rep. Ted Lieu on why Congress needs to regulate A.I.
The ‘Enemies List’ at Madison Square Garden
Facial recognition technology is being used at the arena to punish an unusual cohort — tort lawyers.
Lawyers Barred by Madison Square Garden Found a Way Back In
MSG Entertainment resorted to facial recognition technology to kick out legal foes, but some have undermined the ban using a law passed to protect theater critics in 1941.
Madison Square Garden Uses Facial Recognition to Ban Its Owner’s Enemies
MSG Entertainment, the owner of the arena and Radio City Music Hall, has put lawyers who represent people suing it on an “exclusion list” to keep them out of concerts and sporting events.
How China’s Police Used Phones and Faces to Track Protesters
After a weekend of protests, the authorities in China are using the country’s all-seeing surveillance apparatus to find those bold enough to defy them.
Here’s What to Know With the NYPD Joining the Ring Neighbors App
The nation’s largest police force recently joined the Ring Neighbors app and can now enlist the help of the city’s residents in investigations. Critics say it could lead to racial profiling.
This Surveillance Artist Knows How You Got That Perfect Instagram Photo
A tech-savvy artist unearthed video footage of people working hard to capture the perfect shot for Instagram. It is a lesson in the artifice of social media and the ubiquity of surveillance.
Clearview AI, Used by Police to Find Criminals, Now in Public Defenders’ Hands
After a Florida man was accused of vehicular homicide, his lawyer used Clearview AI’s facial recognition software to prove his innocence. But other defense lawyers say Clearview’s offer rings hollow.
Your Doppelgänger Is Out There and You Probably Share DNA With Them
That person who looks just like you is not your twin, but if scientists compared your genomes, they might find a lot in common.
China’s Surveillance State Encounters Public Resistance
Beijing’s swift move to censor news about one of the largest known data breaches shows keen awareness of how major security lapses can harm its credibility.
How Illinois Is Winning in the Fight Against Big Tech
In the absence of federal privacy legislation, the state’s law is considered among the nation’s strongest.
A Face Search Engine Anyone Can Use Is Alarmingly Accurate
PimEyes is a paid service that finds photos of a person from across the internet, including some the person may not want exposed. “We’re just a tool provider,” its owner said.
Digital Technology Invaded Our Lives. Now Women May Pay For It.
In a post-Roe America, we’ll bear the costs of letting data collection undermine our liberty.
How Facial Recognition Is Being Used in the Ukraine War
Services that put a name to a face, including Clearview AI, are being used to identify Russian soldiers, living or dead, and to verify that travelers in Ukraine are who they claim.
Facial Recognition at Airports: What You Need to Know
Customs officials aim to save time and increase security by ramping up the use of facial recognition. But what about privacy? A biometrics specialist weighs in.
I.R.S. Will Allow Taxpayers to Forgo Facial Recognition Amid Blowback
The agency, dealing with controversy over its decision to use facial recognition software, said it would allow taxpayers to authenticate their accounts with a live, virtual interview.
I.R.S. to End Use of Facial Recognition for Identity Verification
The tax collection agency will transition away from using a service from the authentication service ID.me amid bipartisan backlash.
U.S. Cracks Down on Firms Said to Aid China’s Repression of Minorities
The Commerce and Treasury Departments put new restrictions on an array of companies and institutions that they said were misusing biotechnology.
Your Face Is, or Will Be, Your Boarding Pass
Tech-driven changes are coming fast and furiously to airports, including advancements in biometrics that verify identity and shorten security procedures for those passengers who opt into the programs.
The Metaverse Is Coming, and the World Is Not Ready for It
The geopolitical consequences may be radical.
Is Meta’s Facial Recognition Retreat Another Head Fake?
If ever an issue cried out for some lawmaking guidance, this is it.
Is the Problem Facebook? Or the Internet?
Tech reporter Casey Newton takes us inside the Facebook Papers consortium, the company’s failure to be held to account and why the problem is bigger than any one company.
Facebook Plans to Shut Down Its Facial Recognition System
Saying it wants “to find the right balance” with the technology, the social network will delete the face scan data of more than one billion users.
Cameras, Drones and X-Ray Vans: How 9/11 Transformed the N.Y.P.D. Forever
Two decades after the attack on New York City, the Police Department is using counterterrorism tools and tactics to combat routine street crime.
Facebook Apologizes After A.I. Puts ‘Primates’ Label on Video of Black Men
Facebook called it “an unacceptable error.” The company has struggled with other issues related to race.
Lawmakers ask Amazon what it plans to do with palm print biometric data
A group of senators sent new Amazon CEO Andy Jassy a letter Friday pressing the company for more information about how it scans and stores customer palm prints for use in some of its retail stores.
The company rolled out the palm print scanners through a program it calls Amazon One, encouraging people to make contactless payments in its brick and mortar stores without the use of a card. Amazon introduced its Amazon One scanners late last year, and they can now be found in Amazon Go convenience and grocery stores, Amazon Books and Amazon 4-star stores across the U.S. The scanners are also installed in eight Washington state-based Whole Foods locations.
In the new letter, Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Jon Ossoff (D-GA) press Jassy for details about how Amazon plans to expand its biometric payment system and if the data collected will help the company target ads.
“Amazon’s expansion of biometric data collection through Amazon One raises serious questions about Amazon’s plans for this data and its respect for user privacy, including about how Amazon may use the data for advertising and tracking purposes,” the senators wrote in the letter, embedded below.
The lawmakers also requested information on how many people have enrolled in Amazon One to date, how Amazon will secure the sensitive data and if the company has ever paired the palm prints with facial recognition data it collects elsewhere.
“In contrast with biometric systems like Apple’s Face ID and Touch ID or Samsung Pass, which store biometric information on a user’s device, Amazon One reportedly uploads biometric information to the cloud, raising unique security risks,” the senators wrote. “… Data security is particularly important when it comes to immutable customer data, like palm prints.”
The company controversially introduced a $10 credit for new users who enroll their palm prints in the program, prompting an outcry from privacy advocates who see it as a cheap tactic to coerce people to hand over sensitive personal data.
There’s plenty of reason to be skeptical. Amazon has faced fierce criticism for its other big biometric data project, the AI facial recognition software known as Rekognition, which the company provided to U.S. law enforcement agencies before eventually backtracking with a moratorium on policing applications for the software last year.
Maine’s facial recognition law shows bipartisan support for protecting privacy
Maine has joined a growing number of cities, counties and states that are rejecting dangerously biased surveillance technologies like facial recognition.
The new law, which is the strongest statewide facial recognition law in the country, not only received broad, bipartisan support, but it passed unanimously in both chambers of the state legislature. Lawmakers and advocates spanning the political spectrum — from the progressive lawmaker who sponsored the bill to the Republican members who voted it out of committee, from the ACLU of Maine to state law enforcement agencies — came together to secure this major victory for Mainers and anyone who cares about their right to privacy.
Maine is just the latest success story in the nationwide movement to ban or tightly regulate the use of facial recognition technology, an effort led by grassroots activists and organizations like the ACLU. From the Pine Tree State to the Golden State, national efforts to regulate facial recognition demonstrate a broad recognition that we can’t let technology determine the boundaries of our freedoms in the digital 21st century.
Facial recognition technology poses a profound threat to civil rights and civil liberties. Without democratic oversight, governments can use the technology as a tool for dragnet surveillance, threatening our freedoms of speech and association, due process rights, and right to be left alone. Democracy itself is at stake if this technology remains unregulated.
Facial recognition technology poses a profound threat to civil rights and civil liberties.
We know the burdens of facial recognition are not borne equally, as Black and brown communities — especially Muslim and immigrant communities — are already targets of discriminatory government surveillance. Making matters worse, face surveillance algorithms tend to have more difficulty accurately analyzing the faces of darker-skinned people, women, the elderly and children. Simply put: The technology is dangerous when it works — and when it doesn’t.
But not all approaches to regulating this technology are created equal. Maine is among the first in the nation to pass comprehensive statewide regulations. Washington was the first, passing a weak law in the face of strong opposition from civil rights, community and religious liberty organizations. The law passed in large part because of strong backing from Washington-based megacorporation Microsoft. Washington’s facial recognition law would still allow tech companies to sell their technology, worth millions of dollars, to every conceivable government agency.
In contrast, Maine’s law strikes a different path, putting the interests of ordinary Mainers above the profit motives of private companies.
Maine’s new law prohibits the use of facial recognition technology in most areas of government, including in public schools and for surveillance purposes. It creates carefully carved out exceptions for law enforcement to use facial recognition, creating standards for its use and avoiding the potential for abuse we’ve seen in other parts of the country. Importantly, it prohibits the use of facial recognition technology to conduct surveillance of people as they go about their business in Maine, attending political meetings and protests, visiting friends and family, and seeking out healthcare.
In Maine, law enforcement must now — among other limitations — meet a probable cause standard before making a facial recognition request, and they cannot use a facial recognition match as the sole basis to arrest or search someone. Nor can local police departments buy, possess or use their own facial recognition software, ensuring shady technologies like Clearview AI will not be used by Maine’s government officials behind closed doors, as has happened in other states.
Maine’s law and others like it are crucial to preventing communities from being harmed by new, untested surveillance technologies like facial recognition. But we need a federal approach, not only a piecemeal local approach, to effectively protect Americans’ privacy from facial surveillance. That’s why it’s crucial for Americans to support the Facial Recognition and Biometric Technology Moratorium Act, a bill introduced by members of both houses of Congress last month.
The ACLU supports this federal legislation that would protect all people in the United States from invasive surveillance. We urge all Americans to ask their members of Congress to join the movement to halt facial recognition technology and support it, too.
New York City’s new biometrics privacy law takes effect
A new biometrics privacy ordinance has taken effect across New York City, putting new limits on what businesses can do with the biometric data they collect on their customers.
From Friday, businesses that collect biometric information — most commonly in the form of facial recognition and fingerprints — are required to conspicuously post notices and signs to customers at their doors explaining how their data will be collected. The ordinance applies to a wide range of businesses — retailers, stores, restaurants, and theaters, to name a few — which are also barred from selling, sharing, or otherwise profiting from the biometric information that they collect.
The move will give New Yorkers — and its millions of visitors each year — greater protections over how their biometric data is collected and used, while also serving to dissuade businesses from using technology that critics say is discriminatory and often doesn’t work.
Businesses can face stiff penalties for violating the law, but can escape fines if they fix the violation quickly.
The law is by no means perfect, as none of these laws ever are. For one, it doesn’t apply to government agencies, including the police. Of the businesses that the ordinance does cover, it exempts employees of those businesses, such as those required to clock in and out of work with a fingerprint. And the definition of what counts as a biometric will likely face challenges that could expand or narrow what is covered.
New York is the latest U.S. city to enact a biometric privacy law, after Portland, Oregon passed a similar ordinance last year. But the law falls short of stronger biometric privacy laws in effect.
Illinois, which has the Biometric Information Privacy Act, a law that grants residents the right to sue for any use of their biometric data without consent. Facebook this year settled for $650 million in a class-action suit that Illinois residents filed in 2015 after the social networking giant used facial recognition to tag users in photos without their permission.
Albert Fox Cahn, the executive director of the New York-based Surveillance Technology Oversight Project, said the law is an “important step” to learn how New Yorkers are tracked by local businesses.
“A false facial recognition match could mean having the NYPD called on you just for walking into a Rite Aid or Target,” he told TechCrunch. He also said that New York should go further by outlawing systems like facial recognition altogether, as some cities have done.
- An internal code repo used by New York State’s IT office was exposed online
- Data breach at New York Sports Clubs owner exposed customer data
- Microsoft pitched its facial recognition tech to the DEA, new emails show
- US towns are buying Chinese surveillance tech tied to Uighur abuses
She’s Taking Jeff Bezos to Task
Joy Buolamwini is on a crusade against bias in facial recognition technology, and the powerful companies that profit from it.
Can Humans Be Replaced by Machines?
Two new books — “Genius Makers,” by Cade Metz, and “Futureproof,” by Kevin Roose — examine how artificial intelligence will change humanity.
What We Learned Abour Clearview AI’s Hidden’Cofounder’
Charles Johnson, a notorious conservative provocateur, played a pivotal role at the start of the facial recognition company.
Who Is Making Sure the A.I. Machines Aren’t Racist?
When Google forced out two well-known artificial intelligence experts, a long-simmering research controversy burst into the open.
How One State Managed to Actually Write Rules on Facial Recognition
Massachusetts is one of the first states to put legislative guardrails around the use of facial recognition technology in criminal investigations.
The Season of the Snitch
Narc-narc, who’s there?
How Andy Jassy, Amazon’s Next C.E.O., Was a ‘Brain Double’ for Jeff Bezos
Mr. Jassy, who will become Amazon’s chief this summer, has spent more than two decades absorbing lessons from Mr. Bezos.
Clearview AI ruled ‘illegal’ by Canadian privacy authorities
Controversial facial recognition startup Clearview AI violated Canadian privacy laws when it collected photos of Canadians without their knowledge or permission, the country’s top privacy watchdog has ruled.
The New York-based company made its splashy newspaper debut a year ago by claiming it had collected over 3 billion photos of people’s faces and touting its connections to law enforcement and police departments. But the startup has faced a slew of criticism for scraping social media sites also without their permission, prompting Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter to send cease and desist letters to demand it stops.
In a statement, Canada’s Office of the Privacy Commissioner said its investigation found Clearview had “collected highly sensitive biometric information without the knowledge or consent of individuals,” and that the startup “collected, used and disclosed Canadians’ personal information for inappropriate purposes, which cannot be rendered appropriate via consent.”
Clearview rebuffed the allegations, claiming Canada’s privacy laws do not apply because the company doesn’t have a “real and substantial connection” to the country, and that consent was not required because the images it scraped were publicly available.
That’s a challenge the company continues to face in court, as it faces a class action suit citing Illinois’ biometric protection laws that last year dinged Facebook to the tune of $550 million for violating the same law.
The Canadian privacy watchdog rejected Clearview’s arguments, and said it would “pursue other actions” if the company does not follow its recommendations, which included stopping the collection on Canadians and deleting all previously collected images. Clearview said in July that it stopped providing its technology to Canadian customers after the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Toronto Police Service were using the startup’s technology.
“What Clearview does is mass surveillance and it is illegal,” said Daniel Therrien, Canada’s privacy commissioner. “It is an affront to individuals’ privacy rights and inflicts broad-based harm on all members of society, who find themselves continually in a police lineup. This is completely unacceptable.”
A spokesperson for Clearview AI did not immediately return a request for comment.
As Jeff Bezos Takes Off, Meet His Earthbound Successor
His loyal lieutenant will take Amazon’s helm as the company faces ever-growing scrutiny.
Here’s a Way to Learn if Facial Recognition Systems Used Your Photos
An online tool targets only a small slice of what’s out there, but may open some eyes to how widely artificial intelligence research fed on personal images.
Flawed Facial Recognition Leads To Arrest and Jail for New Jersey Man
A New Jersey man was accused of shoplifting and trying to hit an officer with a car. He is the third known Black man to be wrongfully arrested based on face recognition.
Alibaba’s Software Can Find Uighur Faces, It Told China Clients
The website for the tech titan’s cloud business described facial recognition software that could detect members of a minority group whose persecution has drawn international condemnation.
Intel and Nvidia Chips Power a Chinese Surveillance System
Intel and Nvidia chips power a supercomputing center that tracks people in a place where government suppresses minorities, raising questions about the tech industry’s responsibility.
Can We Make Our Robots Less Biased Than Us?
A.I. developers are committing to end the injustices in how their technology is often made and used.
Training Facial Recognition on Some New Furry Friends: Bears
In their spare time, two Silicon Valley developers aided conservationists in developing artificial intelligence to help keep track of individual bears.