UN voices facial recognition technology concerns specific to human rights

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United Nations human rights chief is urging a moratorium on certain uses of the tech. Michelle Bachelet, United Nations human rights chief, raised facial recognition technology concerns last week, urging a moratorium on its use during peaceful protests. Bachelet’s office called for a cessation of the use of this tech for certain purposes for human rights reasons. “There should be a moratorium on the use of #FacialRecognition technology in the context of peaceful protests, until States meet certain conditions including transparency, oversight and #HumanRights due diligence before deploying it,” tweeted…

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Amazon halts use of facial recognition software by police

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The e-commerce giant hopes the move “might give Congress enough time to put in place appropriate rules” Amazon announced last week that it would stop allowing police to use its facial recognition software for one year. This places a wider spotlight on the rising concerns over the technology’s unfair discrimination on certain groups of people. The company did not provide any explanation for having made the decision. Amazon released a short blog post announcing the withdrawal of its facial recognition software use by police. That said, it comes at a…

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Twitter flagged tweet on Trumps account for “glorified violence”

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This was the latest move in an escalating battle between the social media platform and the president. When US President Trump used his Twitter account to say: “when the looting starts, the shooting starts,” he earned his first flagged tweet that was promptly hidden (though not deleted) for “glorified violence”. The post made reference to the protests regarding the fatal arrest of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man in Minneapolis. The post was covered by a disclaimer stating that it violated Twitter’s policies. Even though the flagged tweet was covered,…

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Most public safety agencies are in favor of faster mobile technology adoption

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A recent study showed that 70 percent wanted to accelerate the uptake of this tech. Seventy percent of public safety agency respondents to a recent Zebra Technologies Corporation study feel that mobile technology adoption should be accelerated. The research showed that these agencies around the world are seeking to improve mobile tech. The company released its study findings showing that agencies worldwide will be pursuing greater mobile technology adoption to continuously improve community relations and workflows over the next half decade. The last of the three parts of Zebra’s study…

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AARP issues raised mobile payment fraud risk warning

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The organization is cautioning consumers to take care when using apps to send money. AARP has issued a warning cautioning consumers about an increase in mobile payment fraud risk. It has warned individuals to take care when using peer-to-peer (P2P) payment apps which are rapidly rising in popularity during the pandemic. The apps can be safely used but can also present notable security risks and challenges recovering money. The concern is that not all of these apps are as secure as they should be. Moreover, even when opting for some…

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