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  1. How is it that our brains – the original face recognition program – can recognize somebody we know, even when they’re far away? As in, how do we recognize those we know in spite of their faces appearing to flatten out the further they are from us? Cognitive experts say we do it by learning a face’s configuration – the specific pattern of feature-to-feature measurements. Then, even as our friends’ faces get optically distorted by being closer or further away, our brains employ a mechanism called perceptual constancy that optically “corrects” face shape… At least, it does when we’re
  2. It's a novel way of raising funds in Brexit Britain Good to know police won't be abusing new technology GOOD NEWS! THE MET POLICE'S controversial facial recognition trial has earned the public purse £90 it wouldn't have otherwise had. The bad news is that the way the money was earned should really make everyone stop and have a long hard think about where society is going. This particular chilling anecdote comes from campaign group Big Brother Watch, and describes a man who saw the warning of automatic facial recognition cameras, and took ste
  3. If you’ve been thinking about trying your hand at social media’s 10 Year Challenge and are concerned about your privacy, you may want to take a moment to see why some are saying the trend may not be so harmless. Like many fads in the social realm, this one could come with some unintended consequences. First, for those who are catching up on the 10-year craze, the challenge, otherwise known as #2009vs.2019, the #HowHardDidAgingHitYouChallenge and the #GloUpChallenge, involves posting two photos of yourself – one from 2009 and one from 2019.In lieu of that, 2008
  4. Samsung Galaxy S10 facial recognition fooled by a video of the phone owner There's a reason why Samsung tells users to avoid using facial recognition screen locking on Galaxy S10 smartphones. Experts have proven once again that facial recognition on modern devices remains hilariously insecure and can be bypassed using simple tricks such a
  5. MoviePass founder wants to use facial recognition to score you free movies Facial recognition is the linchpin to PreShow, an app that will earn you free movie tickets by watching ads -- so long as you're OK with your phone watching you back. Everything free comes with a price. But PreShow, a new company from a founder of MoviePass, wants advertising to be the only price of a movie ticket. Launching a campaign on KickstarterThursday, PreShow is developing an app to earn you free movie tickets -- to any film in any theater -- if you watch 15 to
  6. With facial recognition, shoplifting may get you banned in places you've never been There are hundreds of stores using facial recognition -- none that have any rules or standards to prevent abuse. A live demonstration uses artificial intelligence and facial recognition in dense crowd spatial-temporal technology at the Horizon Robotics exhibit at the Las Vegas Convention Center during CES 2019. David Mcnew / AFP/Getty Images At my bodega down the block, photos of shoplifters sometimes litter the windows, a warning to
  7. Facial recognition: Apple, Amazon, Google and the race for your face Facial recognition technology is both innovative and worrisome. Here's how it works and what you need to know. Facial recognition is a blossoming field of technology that is at once exciting and problematic. If you've ever unlocked your iPhone ($1,000 at Amazon) by looking at it, or asked Facebook or Google to go through an unsorted album and show you pictures of your kids, you've seen facial recognition in action. Whether you want it to or not, facial recognitio
  8. A Chinese subway is experimenting with facial recognition to pay for fares Fare would be automatically deducted from a linked payment method Scanning your face on a screen to get into the subway might not be that far off in the future. In China’s tech capital, Shenzhen, a local subway operator is testing facial recognition subway access, powered by a 5G network, as spotted by the South China Morning Post. The trial is limited to a single station thus far, and it’s not immediately clear how this will work for twins or lookalike
  9. Facial recognition isn't ready to spot terrorists on the road. New York's bid to identify road-going terrorists with facial recognition isn't going very smoothly so far. The Wall Street Journal has obtained a Metropolitan Transportation Authority email showing that a 2018 technology test on New York City's Robert F. Kennedy Bridge not only failed, but failed spectacularly -- it couldn't detect a single face "within acceptable parameters." An MTA spokesperson said the pilot program would continue at RFK as well as other bridges and tunnels, but it's no
  10. THE USE of facial recognition by South Wales Police has been deemed lawful in a ruling on Wednesday by the High Court in London following a judicial review. Welsh cops' use of facial recognition is legal, High Court rules Civil rights group Liberty and local Cardiff resident Ed Bridges had challenged the deployment of facial recognition in the first legal challenge to UK police use of facial recognition technology. It was first used by South Wales Police in a trial during the Champions League Final at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium in June 2017. In total
  11. The Pixel 4's facial recognition will unlock your phone with your eyes closed Google announced its Pixel 4 series of handsets earlier this week, and one thing that's different this time around is that there's no fingerprint sensor on the back. Instead, they use a new face unlock feature. Unfortunately, it turns out that with face unlock, you don't actually have to be looking at the phone. On Google's face unlock support page, the company confirmed that your Pixel 4 can be "unlocked by someone else if it’s held up to your face, even if your eyes are closed".
  12. UK's Information Commissioner's Office challenges the interpretation of a court ruling that gave the green light for using facial recognition on the public. Police forces should be subject to a code of practice if they want to use live facial recognition technology on the public, according to the UK's Information Commissioner's Office (ICO). ICO commissioner Elizabeth Denham has released her opinion on the use of live facial recognition on the public by police in response to a recent High Court ruling that South Wales Police didn't violate human rights or UK law
  13. Allowing facial recognition technology to spread without understanding its impact could have serious consequences. In the last few years facial recognition has been gradually introduced across a range of different technologies. Some of these are relatively modest and useful; thanks to facial recognition software you can open you smartphone just by looking at it, and log into your PC without a password. You can even use your face to get cash out of an ATM, and increasingly it's becoming a standard part of your journey through the airport now. And facial recog
  14. A university lecturer in east China is suing a wildlife park for breach of contract after it replaced its fingerprint-based entry system with one that uses facial recognition, according to a local newspaper report. Guo Bing, an associate law professor at Zhejiang Sci-tech University, bought an annual pass to Hangzhou Safari Park for 1,360 yuan (RM803) in April, Southern Metropolis Daily reported on Sunday. But when he was told last month about the introduction of the new system he became concerned it might be used to “steal” his identity and asked for a refund, the repor
  15. Meanwhile, Europe wants to ban the technology for up to five years. London's Metropolitan Police Service has begun using live facial recognition (LFR) technology. At key areas throughout the city, signposted cameras will scan the faces of passing people, alerting officers to potential matches with wanted criminals. According to the Met, "this will help tackle serious crime, including serious violence, gun and knife crime, child sexual exploitation and help protect the vulnerable". In a tweet, the Met a
  16. California will block police officers from including facial recognition technology in their body cameras, joining two other states that have created similar laws—Oregon and New Hampshire. On Tuesday Gov. Gavin Newsom signed AB1215 into law, barring law enforcement from using any “biometric surveillance system” in their body cameras, and enabling people to take legal action against officers who violate the law. As the San Francisco Chronicle points out, state legislators were encouraged to pass the bill following an ACLU demonstration in which Amazon’s Rekog
  17. Every few days, China finds a new way to introduce facial recognition in people’s daily lives. According to a report from the South China Morning Post, Shanghai is testing face recognition terminals at pharmacies to catch folks attempting to buy controlled substances in substantial quantities, likely for resale. The report noted buyers of drugs containing sedatives and psychotropic substances will have to verify themselves through the terminal. The system will scan both pharmacists and buyers to prevent any misdoings. The move is also to prevent people fro
  18. The complaint claims Google “failed to obtain consent from anyone” when it introduced facial recognition to its cloud service for storing and sharing photos. The lawsuit comes in the wake of the announcement of a proposed $550 million settlement that Facebook Inc. reached in a BIPA class action. Google has been hit with a new lawsuit accusing the company of violating an Illinois biometric privacy law by compiling faceprints. “Unbeknownst to the average consumer ... Google’s proprietary facial recognition technology scans each and every photo upload
  19. Efforts to check the spread of face-scanning technology are meeting resistance on both sides of the Atlantic. Face-scanning technology is inspiring a wave of privacy fears as the software creeps into every corner of life in the United States and Europe — at border crossings, on police vehicles and in stadiums, airports and high schools. But efforts to check its spread are hitting a wall of resistance on both sides of the Atlantic. One big reason: Western governments are embracing this technology for their own use, valuing s
  20. Facial Recognition ‘Consent’ Doesn’t Exist, Threatpost Poll Finds Half of Threatpost readers surveyed in a recent poll don’t believe that consent realistically exists when it comes to facial recognition. Half of respondents in a recent Threatpost poll said that they don’t believe consent realistically exists when it comes to real-life facial recognition. The recent poll of 170 readers comes as facial recognition applications continue to
  21. Don’t look now: why you should be worried about machines reading your emotions Machines can now allegedly identify anger, fear, disgust and sadness. ‘Emotion detection’ has grown from a research project to a $20bn industry ‘Some developers claim that algorithms will become attuned to our innermost feelings, vastly improving interaction with our devices.’ ‘Some developers claim that algorithms will become attuned to our innermost feelings, vastly improving interaction with our devices.’ Photograph: Indeed/Getty, ibrandify via Noun Project Could a pro
  22. Toronto police used facial recognition technology to attempt to identify people in 2,591 searches since March of last year, according to a report by Chief Mark Saunders which revealed the force’s use of the technology, the Toronto Star reports. A report submitted to the Toronto police services board shows that images from public and private cameras are matched against an internal database of 1.5 million mugshots, and that the system’s use so far has cost CAD $451,718 (just over US$335,000). According to Saunders, the system was purchased to help police more quickly and
  23. (Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Thursday rejected Facebook Inc’s (FB.O) effort to undo a class action lawsuit claiming that it illegally collected and stored biometric data for millions of users without their consent. The 3-0 decision from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco over Facebook’s facial recognition technology exposes the company to billions of dollars in potential damages to the Illinois users who brought the case. It came as the social media company faces broad criticism from lawmakers and regulators over its privacy p
  24. Face masks are mandatory in at least two provinces in China, including the city of Wuhan. In an effort to contain the coronavirus strain that has caused nearly 500 deaths, the government is insisting that millions of residents wear protective face covering when they go out in public. As millions don masks across the country, the Chinese are discovering an unexpected consequence to covering their faces. It turns out that face masks trip up facial recognition-based functions, a technology necessary for many routine transactions in China. Suddenly, certain mobile phones,
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