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California passes bill to ban the use of facial recognition recordings gathered by cop body cams

Daily Mail - Science & tech

California lawmakers have passed a bill that bans law enforcement from using facial recognition technology gathered by body cameras – in a bid to end privacy abuse. The bill, signed by Governor Gavin Newsom, will go into effect in 2020 and last for three years. The motion also prohibits cops from using biometric surveillance including other forms of identification that can be capture from body camera videos. California lawmakers have passed a bill that bans law enforcement from using facial recognition technology gathered by body cameras – in a bid to end privacy abuse. The bill is first of its kind in the US and recognizes that'the use of facial recognition and other biometric surveillance is the functional equivalent of requiring every person to show a personal photo identification card at all times in violation of recognized constitutional rights.


Creepy Chinese government start-up expands plans to create powerful facial recognition technology

Daily Mail - Science & tech

A creepy surveillance start-up backed by the Chinese government is expanding its artificial intelligence-powered face-reading operations. Beijing firm Megvii has announced it is shifting its powerful Face facial recognition technology beyond China after securing a distributor in Thailand. Megvii's world-leading Face technology uses AI to identify people by their facial features, allowing police to spy on'anyone, anywhere' without them knowing. The software has already been used by Chinese police departments to arrest more than 3,000 fugitives by instantly scanning crowds of thousands in busy cities. The company says its software has many potential uses beyond law enforcement, including in financial services, retail, and identity verification.


Chinese government start-up expands plans for face-reading AI

Daily Mail - Science & tech

A creepy surveillance start-up backed by the Chinese government is expanding its artificial intelligence-powered face-reading operations. Beijing firm Megvii has announced it is shifting its powerful Face facial recognition technology beyond China after securing a distributor in Thailand. Megvii's world-leading Face technology uses AI to identify people by their facial features, allowing police to spy on'anyone, anywhere' without them knowing. The software has already been used by Chinese police departments to arrest more than 3,000 fugitives by instantly scanning crowds of thousands in busy cities. The company says its software has many potential uses beyond law enforcement, including in financial services, retail, and identity verification.


Orlando cops have begun a secretive SECOND trial of Amazon's controversial facial recognition system

Daily Mail - Science & tech

New details have emerged about how Amazon markets its controversial facial recognition tech, Rekognition, to law enforcement. Documents obtained by BuzzFeed News show that the internet giant provided the Orlando Police Department with'tens of thousands of dollars worth of technology' for free. It comes after Orlando decided to renew its Rekognition contract with Amazon in July, after it expired in June. New details have emerged about how Amazon markets its facial recognition tech, Rekognition, to law enforcement. As part of the deal, Amazon has required Orlando to sign a nondisclosure agreement about the pilot, meaning that details about it wouldn't be publicly available.


Amazon wants its home security company Ring to double as a police surveillance network

Daily Mail - Science & tech

In some neighborhoods across the U.S., police are leveraging the growth of home security devices like cameras sold by the Amazon-owned Ring to establish vast surveillance networks. According to a report from CNET, more than 50 local police departments across the US have partnered with Ring throughout the last two years to extend their surveillance capabilities into suburban neighborhoods. The cameras, reports CNET, are sometimes offered by law enforcement to residents at discounted prices or even for free with the contingency that users turn over footage upon request. Police department are using the cameras to monitor neighborhoods across the U.S In towns like Bloomfield New Jersey, CNET reports that neighborhoods are essentially blanketed with the devices, turning suburban streets into hotbeds for ceaseless surveillance. 'Our township is now entirely covered by cameras,' Captain Vincent Kerney, detective bureau commander of the Bloomfield Police Department, told CNET.