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Biometric recognition at airport border ​​raises privacy concerns, says exper... - 0 views

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    "Michael said recent threats to the security of government-held data such as the census failure should raise real concerns about the storage of biometric data en masse.

    "I am worried about theft, I don't buy the story that your data is safe. I think we've become almost complacent 'oh there's been another data breach. Oh they hacked in and stole the data'," she said. "Is the next phase of rollout going to be 'oh my e-health records were taken', 'oh my biometrics at border control were taken'?""
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KFC China is using facial recognition tech to serve customers - but are they buying it?... - 0 views

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    "KFC has teamed up with Baidu - the search engine company often referred to as "China's Google" - to develop facial-recognition technology that can be used to predict customer's orders."
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How funky tortoiseshell glasses can beat facial recognition | Technology | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "Where the researchers struck gold was by realising that a large (but not overly large pair of glasses) could act to "change the pixels" even in a real photo. By picking a pair of "geek" frames, with relatively large rims, the researchers were able to obscure about 6.5% of the pixels in any given facial picture. Printing a pattern over those frames then had the effect of manipulating the image."
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Face recognition app taking Russia by storm may bring end to public anonymity | Technol... - 0 views

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    "Unlike other face recognition technology, their algorithm allows quick searches in big data sets. "Three million searches in a database of nearly 1bn photographs: that's hundreds of trillions of comparisons, and all on four normal servers. With this algorithm, you can search through a billion photographs in less than a second from a normal computer," said Kabakov, during an interview at the company's modest central Moscow office. The app will give you the most likely match to the face that is uploaded, as well as 10 people it thinks look similar."
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UK's unaccountable crowdsourced blacklist to be crosslinked to facial recognition syste... - 0 views

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    "Facewatch is being connected to realtime facial recognition systems that can be tied into the CCTVs of its 10,000+ participating retailers. If your face is on the blacklist and the system recognises you (or if your face isn't on the blacklist and you generate a false positive), the shopkeeper/security staff will get an alert when you enter their premises and they can make you leave. "
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Facewatch 'thief recognition' CCTV on trial in UK stores - BBC News - 0 views

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    ""The people who are on the list are not guilty until they've been prosecuted and taken to court, and the system makes that very clear", Simon says - and under the Data Protection Act "if anyone misuses that data there are very significant fines".

    Simon is also sanguine about the risk of misidentification. Images from the watch list will be sent with alerts so staff can check that there's a good match, he says. "
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Facial recognition technology is Australia's latest 'national security weapon' - 0 views

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    "While Keenan emphasised the capability was not a centralised biometric database, and was simply an improved way to share information already collected by different Australian jurisdictions, Gregory questioned how these images of Australians will be employed by law enforcement. "It's subtle changes in the way that things are used that need to be debated the most," he said. "In this case, we're talking about using our passport photos for a purpose for which we never gave permission.""
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When Wall Street and Silicon Valley come together - a cautionary tale | Comment is free... - 0 views

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    "Teatreneu's administrators found an ingenious solution: partnering with the advertising agency Cyranos McCann, they fitted the back of every seat with fancy tablets that can analyse facial expressions. Under the new model, visitors enter the club for free but have to pay 30 cents for every laugh recognised by the tablet - with a cap of €24 (or 80 laughs) per show. A mobile app makes it easier to complete the payment; the overall ticket prices have reportedly gone up by €6. As a bonus, you can also share your smiling selfie with friends: the path from funny to viral has never been shorter."
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NSA facial recognition: combining national ID cards, Internet intercepts, and commercia... - 0 views

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    "A newly released set of slides from the Snowden leaks reveals that the NSA is harvesting millions of facial images from the Web for use in facial recognition algorithms through a program called "Identity Intelligence." James Risen and Laura Poitras's NYT piece shows that the NSA is linking these facial images with other biometrics, identity data, and "behavioral" data including "travel, financial, behaviors, social network." "
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Facebook considers adding profile photos to facial recognition database | Technology | ... - 0 views

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    "Facebook is considering incorporating most of its 1 billion-plus members' profile photos into its growing facial recognition database, expanding the scope of the social network's controversial technology.

    The possible move, which Facebook revealed in an update to its data use policy on Thursday, is intended to improve the performance of its "tag suggest" feature. The feature uses facial recognition technology to speed up the process of labelling or "tagging" friends and acquaintances who appear in photos posted on the network"
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