QR code use in China may fall due to facial recognition technology

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Quick response codes are widespread for authenticating mobile payments in the country. In China, QR code use for completing mobile payments is as commonplace as the use of traditional credit cards in the United States. However, this could quickly become a thing of the past as more companies look to biometrics such as facial and fingerprint recognition. Tech giants in the country, such as Tencent, are already looking into ways to use biometrics. Most people use mobile phones to complete non-cash payment transactions in China. QR code use is the…

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New research uncovers facial recognition gender discrimination against transgender people

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More facial recognition technology flaws uncovered by researchers. Concerns about facial recognition flaws is nothing new, but now fresh research conducted at the University of Colorado Boulder has found that facial recognition gender discrimination is an issue, as these systems are failing to identify transgender people. The test found that facial recognition systems misidentified trans men as women 38% of the time. The researchers tested facial recognition systems from top tech behemoths Microsoft, IBM, Clarifai and Amazon. The researchers used photographs of trans men and learned that the systems misidentified…

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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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