Facial recognition technology requires ethical development, say investors

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A group of 50 investors have launched a push for an improved ethical approach to this tech. A $4.5 trillion investor group led by asset manager Candriam (New York Life subsidiary) have launched a call for companies involved in facial recognition technology development to proceed with improved ethics. Companies around the world have been developing and using the tech for a spectrum of applications. The group is comprised of 50 investors. It is calling on companies such as Facebook (Nasdaq stock symbol FB) and Amazon (Nasdaq stock symbol AMZN) to…

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Chinese city governments speak out against rising facial recognition technology use

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Ningbo in China’s Zhejiang province has issued three fines for the tech’s use without customer consent. Facial recognition technology has been placed in the spotlight in China as backlash has been building from cities across the country. The Consumer Protection Gala last month drew considerable attention to the tech’s misuse. Several Chinese cities have been tightening their facial recognition technology restrictions as it has started being used for more mainstream purposes, including for garbage collection and for toilet paper dispensing. In the eastern province of Zhejiang, the city of Ningbo’s…

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Clearview AI signs new contract to provide ICE facial recognition

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The contract arrives after months of privacy practices scrutiny against the company. US Immigration and Customs Enforcement has signed a new contract with Clearview AI to provide the government agency with ICE facial recognition technology. The contracting records were first spotted by the Tech Inquiry accountability nonprofit. The purchase order for the ICE facial recognition technology from Clearview AI was labeled as a “mission support” government contract for $224,000. It lists the contracting office as “ICE mission support dallas” and the purchase as “clearview licenses”. This is not the first…

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London artists called the Dazzle Club use makeup to defy facial recognition technology

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The artists use colorful geometric shapes on faces in a design they call “reverse contouring”. Once per month, a group of artists calling themselves the Dazzle Club have been making their way through the streets of London with strategically painted faces. Camera and facial recognition surveillance on London streets are heavy throughout the city. The Dazzle Club has become a monthly gathering as a component of an open-source project that tests various strategies to dodge facial recognition technology. The tech is widespread throughout the city of London and is used…

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Cow facial recognition technology is changing farming in India

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Tech for livestock farmers has become a serious business in the country where animal wearables thrive. Hundreds of tech start ups have launched in India focused on livestock, including cow facial recognition devices and systems. This trend is changing agribusiness in the country. Agri-science technology such as livestock wearable health monitors are vital to these producers. This agri-science boom has inspired investors as cow facial recognition has taken off as vital solutions for the industry. It has raised hopes within a struggling but important sector in the country, though government…

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