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DHS is going bigger with its next face biometrics rally


The U.S. Department of Homeland Security opened industry applications for its 2022 Biometric Technology Rally. The department's Science and Technology directorate is emphasizing discerning people in groups and their level of consent to face biometric scanning. Competitors are to address the challenge of reliably screening small groups of people opting in to facial recognition from among bystanders who have not consented. The competition will be an unattended "high throughput" scenario where group-processing systems must rapidly capture biometrics from multiple subjects. Companies will have to match photographs and identify faces, acquire only needed biometric images and meet performance benchmarks for demographic groups.

Facial recognition: Now algorithms can see through face masks


The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is piloting facial recognition technologies that can see through face masks with a "promising" level of accuracy, meaning that travelers could end up breezing through airports without the need to uncover their mouths and noses at border checks. The trials were organized as part of a yearly biometric technology rally, organized by the Science and Technology Directorate, which is the research and development unit within the DHS. Every year since 2018, the rally brings together experts, technology vendors and volunteers to test top-notch biometric systems, and make sure that they are up to the challenges posed by the use of facial recognition technology in a variety of scenarios. This year, in response to the new imperatives brought by the Covid-19 pandemic, the rally has focused on evaluating the ability of AI systems to reliably collect and match images of individuals wearing an array of different face masks, with a view of eventually deploying the technology in international airports around the country. During a ten-day event, 60 facial recognition configurations were tested with the help of almost 600 volunteers from 60 different countries.

Singapore in world first for facial verification


Singapore will be the first country in the world to use facial verification in its national identity scheme. The biometric check will give Singaporeans secure access to both private and government services. The government's technology agency says it will be "fundamental" to the country's digital economy. It has been trialled with a bank and is now being rolled out nationwide. It not only identifies a person but ensures they are genuinely present.

Aussie entrepreneur launches "disturbing and unethical" facial recognition tech in Silicon Valley - SmartCompany


An Aussie entrepreneur is copping flack online for his contentious and, frankly, dystopian startup designed to identify people and source information about them, from a single image. According to The New York Times, the technology has already been provided to more than 600 law enforcement agencies, including local police in Florida, the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security. Founded by Hoan Ton-That, Clearview AI is a secretive Silicon Valley startup that has been reportedly operating in stealth mode for some time. It's facial recognition app allows users to take a picture of a person and upload it, to access public photos of that person, and the sites on which they appear (think Facebook and YouTube). It has a database of about 3 billion images.

Viral Twitter exchange highlights privacy concerns with facial recognition technology at airports

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Facial recognition technology at airports is being called into question after a viral Twitter exchange highlighted the privacy concerns associated with the systems, which are rapidly being deployed by airlines across the U.S. Writer MacKenzie Fegan was startled when her photo was taken by facial recognition cameras as she boarded her international JetBlue flight. Fegan confronted JetBlue about the experience in a lengthy Twitter thread, asking questions about how the system operated, but the airline didn't provide many answers. It comes as the U.S. Department of Homeland Security recently said it hopes to expand use of facial recognition at airports to scan 97 percent of all passengers departing the country by 2023. 'I just boarded an international @JetBlue flight,' Fegan wrote on Twitter. 'Instead of scanning my boarding pass or handing over my passport, I looked into a camera before being allowed down the jet bridge.

DHS wants to ramp up use of facial recognition at airports from just 15 to almost all in 4 years

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Despite concerns over facial recognition's impact on civil liberties, public agencies have continued to apply the tool liberally across the U.S. with one of the biggest deployments coming to an airport near you. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said that it plans to expand its application of facial recognition to 97 percent of all passengers departing the U.S. by 2023, according to the Verge. By comparison, facial recognition technology is deployed in just 15 airports, according to figures recorded at the end of 2018. In what is being referred to as'biometric exit,' the agency plans to use facial recognition to more thoroughly track passengers entering and leaving the country. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said that it plans to expand its application of facial recognition to 97 percent of all passengers departing the U.S. by 2023 The system functions by taking a picture of passengers before they depart and then cross-referencing the image with a database containing photos of passports and visas.