After Facebook lobbying failed, Google takes aim at U.S. law banning use of biometric data without consent

The Japan Times

SAN FRANCISCO – Alphabet Inc. is pushing efforts to roll back the most comprehensive biometric privacy law in the U.S., even as the company and its peers face heightened scrutiny after the unauthorized sharing of data at Facebook Inc. While Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg were publicly apologizing this month for failing to protect users' information, Google's lobbyists were drafting measures to de-fang an Illinois law recognized as the most rigorous consumer privacy statute in the country. Their ambition: to strip language from a decade-old policy that regulates the use of fingerprints, iris scans and facial recognition technology, and insert a loophole for companies embracing the use of biometrics. Google is trying to exempt photos from the Illinois law at a time when it's fighting a lawsuit in the state that threatens billions of dollars in potential damages. The world's largest search engine is facing claims that it violated the privacy of millions of users by gathering and storing biometric data without their consent.


Apple fans line up overnight to get their hands on iPhoneX

Daily Mail

The eye-watering $999 price tag doesn't seem to be keeping fans away as thousands waited in long lines outside of Apple stores around the country to get their hands on the much-anticipated iPhone X. And the high-end device is testing the patience of consumers and investors because the company did not make enough models to meet demand worldwide. So those who do manage to get through the door to buy one this morning will be pleased to know they are sitting on potential gold mines, with some devices already being auctioned off on eBay for up to $18,000. The X is Apple's next generation smartphone that uses facial recognition software for the first time and is on sale today in cities around the world - with queues building at Apple Stores amid rumors of limited stock. And sales had Wall Street booming as shares hit an all-time high on Friday morning as optimistic reviews poured in about how the X would make this quarter's earnings soar.


Facebook Faces Class Action Lawsuit Challenging Its Use Of Facial Recognition Data

NPR

Cardboard cutouts of Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg stand outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington as he testified before a Senate panel last week. Cardboard cutouts of Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg stand outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington as he testified before a Senate panel last week. A federal judge in California has ruled that Facebook can be sued in a class-action lawsuit brought by users in Illinois who say the social network improperly used facial recognition technology on their uploaded photographs. The plaintiffs are three Illinois Facebook users who sued under a state law that says a private entity such as Facebook can't collect and store a person's biometric facial information without their written consent. The law, known as the Biometric Information Privacy Act, also says that information that uniquely identifies an individual is, in essence, their property.


Apple unveils iPhone8 and £1,000 iPhone X with facial recognition technology and OLED screen

The Independent

Rarely has there been a day more anticipated than this. Okay, so we thought we knew what they'd reveal, had seen lots of highly detailed leaked images. But without the Apple take on it all, we knew we only had part of the story. The day began well with the sheer, pristine beauty of the new Steve Jobs Theatre – "What's holding the roof up?" we asked when we saw the walls were pure glass. We marvelled at the lift which rotates as it descends, and the hands-on demonstration area revealed by huge circular walls floating up into the ceiling.


Facebook wants to save your face. Should you say yes to facial recognition?

USATODAY

The question of whether you should let Facebook save your face is gaining in urgency as Facebook makes moves to expand its deployment of facial recognition. It faces a lawsuit by Illinois residents over the technology. SAN FRANCISCO -- Of all the information Facebook collects about you, nothing is more personal than your face. With 2.2 billion users uploading hundreds of millions of photos a day, the giant social network has developed one of the single-largest databases of faces and -- with so many images to train its facial recognition software -- one of the most accurate. The question of whether you should let Facebook save your face is gaining in urgency as it moves to expand its deployment of facial recognition, rolling it out in Europe, where it was scrapped in 2012 over privacy concerns and scanning and identifying more people in photos.