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Surveillance will not save us from COVID-19

Al Jazeera

As COVID-19 continues to devastate the world, a growing number of countries are opting to use invasive surveillance methods to stem the spread of the virus and "flatten the curve". Since the emergence of the novel coronavirus, several countries, led by Israel, China, Singapore and South Korea, started collecting security camera footage and bank records and using facial recognition technologies and mobile phone data to track the movements of their citizens. Australia recently joined this trend by releasing Covidsafe, a "coronavirus tracking app". The UK is also known to be trialling a similar mobile phone app to increase its contact-tracing abilities and get its population back to work. In countries where the majority of the population is not used to being subjected to overt mass surveillance, the discussions surrounding the implementation of these measures has focused on "privacy".


Apple takes its security and Artificial Intelligence a step higher

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In order to take its security and Artificial Intelligence benefits a step higher, Apple allegedly has acquired Israeli cyber security firm RealFace that specializes in facial recognition innovation. As per the details provided by report released by Times of Israel the startup was established in 2014, was taken over by Apple for an expected sum of $2 million. This acquisition had added fuel to the current rumors about the fact that iPhone's next model may accompany facial authentication innovation. RealFace has built up a special facial recognition innovation that incorporates artificial intelligence and "brings back human perception to digital processes".The organization has goals of making profound learning-controlled biometric logins standard and passwords redundant while opening your cell phone or PC. The Israeli startup likewise built up a now-old application called Pickeez, which chose and examined a client's best photographs crosswise over different stages utilizing the RealFace acknowledgment programming.


Apple Secures iPhone 8 Facial Recognition Feature By Acquiring Israeli Firm RealFace

International Business Times

While Samsung debuted the now defunct Galaxy Note 7 with an iris scanner, Apple is skipping the eye-scanning technology for a more advanced biometrics security feature with its next-generation iPhone. Late last week, we reported about a 3D laser scanner that's predicted to be one of the standout features of the 10th anniversary iPhone. This week, there's now another reason to believe that the iPhone 8 could indeed come with the rumored 3D scanner. Just this past Sunday, The Times of Israel reported that a Tel Aviv, Israel-based cybertechnology startup was acquired by U.S. giant Apple Inc. The publication learned that the Israeli company, named RealFace, was established in 2014, and it is known for developing an advanced facial recognition software that provides a smart biometric login solution.