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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IBM facial recognition programs cancelled

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The technology giant has also called for public debate over law enforcement use of the tech. The IBM facial recognition programs are being shut down as the tech giant calls for urgent public debate on if and how law enforcement should use this tech. The company’s CEO sent a letter to Congress at the start of this week regarding AI’s responsible use. CEO Arvind Krishna wrote that the company wants to work with lawmakers on its IBM facial recognition software to advance justice and racial equality through educational opportunities, police…

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Anaheim Police to employ facial recognition software in pursuit of criminals

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Following a year and a half of pilot testing, city officials are prepared to invest in the technology. Anaheim city officials are moving ahead with investments into facial recognition software for police use. The technology has undergone an 18-month pilot test phase, and the city wants to equip officers with its benefits. The software allows police to compare criminal suspects against databases of mugshots. A new report from Anaheim city staff detailed the cost, features and use for the facial recognition software. The city will be paying $35,000 per year…

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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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Will facial pay technology be the next stage in mobile payments?

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Will consumers and businesses be willing to adopt it and how will their privacy be secured? The technology for facial pay already exists. That said, developing a transaction method and encouraging individuals and businesses to use it are entirely different challenges. The tech uses mobile payments that verify transactions using an individual’s own face. The idea behind using facial pay technology is that a person would be able to walk into a store, pick up the desired items, then look into a camera at the checkout area to confirm identification.…

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