Canadian politicians call for ‘national pause” on facial recognition use

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The ministers of parliament pointed in particular to the use of the technology by law enforcement. Current legislation in Canada does not provide adequate regulation for the use of facial recognition or artificial intelligence technologies, according to a recent report. A House of Commons ethics committee is calling for a nationwide pause on the use of the tech. The House of Commons ethics committee called for the Canadian federal government to establish laws and restrictions on the use of facial recognition technology. This included a moratorium on the unchecked use…

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Europe takes steps ever closer to a facial recognition ban

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Efforts to stop the use of cameras using artificial intelligence in public areas are building support. A growing number of people and organizations are beginning to move toward the banning of the use of facial recognition technology in public spaces. This includes a growing political coalition that is building its support in the EU parliament. The Greens and Socialists & Democrats groups have just been joined by Renew in forming a majority in favor of banning facial recognition that would indiscriminately scan crowds in public places in real-time. That majority…

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Remote exams using facial recognition to stop cheaters raise concerns

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A recent report has placed the spotlight on alarm over issues relating to the technology. As remote exams become increasingly commonplace, technology to identify plagiarism – including facial recognition to catch cheaters during exams – have been broadly adopted. That said, despite the need for software to stand in the way of cheaters, concerns are rising. Throughout the pandemic, it became a part of normal classrooms to offer remote learning. That said, facial recognition and other software has been rolled out to help to spot students breaking the rules to…

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Microsoft announces facial recognition AI phase out

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The technology giant is shutting down a substantial project in response to rising distaste for the tech. Microsoft has been feeling the ire of organizations and individuals alike toward facial recognition AI technology and has announced that it will be shutting down a substantial project in light of the backlash. According to the company, it will be “retiring” that tech in many of its forms. Microsoft has stated that it intends to “retire” the facial recognition AI technology that is capable of spotting emotions in addition to certain characteristics such…

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Biometrically authenticated mobile payments to break $1 trillion milestone in 2027

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The value of the transactions is going to breach $1.2 trillion in five years, says Juniper Research. The value of mobile payments biometrically authenticated is expected to reach $1.2 trillion worldwide by the close of 2027, according to a recent Juniper Research study. The study expects a massive growth rate from the $332 billion the transactions are currently worth. Juniper Research has provided an evaluation of the transition from traditional transaction security methods such as passwords and PINs to biometric authentication of mobile payments, in its paper titled: “Mobile Payment…

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