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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Facial recognition tech on São Paulo metro hits a wall

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The technology will not be moving forward as anticipated after major losses due to civil lawsuit. The company behind the facial recognition system that was supposed to launch in the São Paulo metro will not be able to proceed as intended. The software that would have been used was the center of a massive lawsuit lost by the company. The company behind the São Paulo metro facial recognition software attempted to appeal the decision in the civil lawsuit but had its appeal denied. This is only the latest step in…

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Clearview facial recognition company fined nearly $22 million in Italy

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The country’s privacy watchdog has stated that the firm made it possible to track Italian residents. Earlier this week, Italy’s privacy watchdog fined Clearview AI, a facial recognition software company, €20 million (nearly $22 million). The company has also been ordered to delete all data relating to people in Italy. Beyond the fine, the American facial recognition software firm has been ordered to delete all data having to do with people in Italy, and it is banned from collecting and processing any other Italian information. According to Clearview AI, it…

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Facial recognition software is suffering from effects from the coronavirus

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Wearing face masks is making it more difficult for the algorithms to identify people. Face masks worn to slow the spread of COVID-19 are doing more than reducing exposure levels as they are also messing with facial recognition software accuracy. A new report showed that algorithms have a tough time identifying people wearing the masks. The report was issued by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), a US Commerce Department branch. Among NIST’s tasks is to measure facial recognition software algorithm accuracy. Its new report showed that when…

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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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