More Californian cities to jump on the facial recognition tech ban train

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Oakland and Berkeley could be the next cities in the state to ban facial recognition. Last month, QR Code Press reported that San Francisco became the first major US city to pass a facial recognition tech ban. Now, other Californian cities – Oakland and Berkley – are also considering bans on the use of this technology. If approved by the cities’ public safety committees, the ban would be brought before each city’s council on July 9. Both Oakland and Berkley intend to take up the facial recognition tech ban issues…

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San Francisco to become first major US city to pass facial recognition ban

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The Californian city has banned the use of the technology by its police and other agencies. A facial recognition ban is likely to be enforced in San Francisco after an 8-to-1 vote in favor of banning the technology was carried out by the Board of Supervisors. This will make San Francisco the first major city in America to reject using the biometrics search tool to identify criminal suspects. Civil liberty groups have expressed concerns about the use of the technology after it was used last June. Back in June 2018,…

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US facial recognition to be used on nearly all commercial airline passengers

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Over 97% of departing airline passengers will be subject to facial scans within four years. The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) intends to use US facial recognition scans on 97% of all departing airline passengers within four years. The system will help to keep tabs on departing foreigners as well as those who overstay their visas. Pictures are taken of passengers before they board their planes. According to a recent report from Homeland Security the way that the US facial recognition system at airports will work is passengers approach…

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New facial recognition app Preshow earns users free movie tickets via ads

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The founder of MoviePass has launched a campaign on Kickstarter in support of his new company PreShow. Stacy Spikes, the founder of PreShow, is developing a facial recognition app that lets users earn free movie tickets – to any film in any theater – by watching advertisements. There’s a catch, however. Users have to watch all the advertising to get the “free” ticket. Prepare to watch 15 to 20 minutes of high-end advertising. PreShow might sound like a pretty good deal if you like the idea of a free movie…

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Free facial recognition software has ability to ID faces in photos

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A Virginia Tech assistant professor of computer science seeks to uncover the identities of Civil War soldiers. Kurt Luther, the computer science assistant prof, has developed a free facial recognition software platform that utilizes crowdsourcing to significantly enhance the ability of algorithms to identify faces in photographs. The software program, which is known as Photo Sleuth, was developed by Luther in his efforts to uncover the mysteries of the almost 4 million photographs of Civil War-era images that may exist in the historical record, reports EurekAlert!. Via Photo Sleuth, users…

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