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Facial recognition fail: Amazon project mistakes lawmakers with suspects

By ethan / July 26, 2018

Amazon’s facial recognition tool wrongly identified 28 members of Congress as police suspects, disproportionately matching lawmakers of color with the mugshots, according to the ACLU. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) used Amazon’s powerful image ID software, Rekognition, to compare photos of members of Congress to a database of 25,000 police suspects. We used Amazon’s […]

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Horror handshake: Twitter digs Melania’s facial expression during Putin meeting

By ethan / July 18, 2018

Melania Trump was secretly horrified by a handshake with Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to some eagle-eyed viewers who believe video footage of her facial expression during the introduction gave the game away. The US first lady was accompanying US President Donald Trump to Helsinki for a meeting with Putin and participated in some of […]

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Surveillance state? Amazon selling facial recognition technology to govt ‘threatens freedom’

By ethan / May 22, 2018

Amazon’s powerful new facial recognition technology automates mass government surveillance and threatens individual freedom, according to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). The online retail giant has begun selling the big brother-like technology, which it calls “Rekognition,” to law enforcement and local government authorities across the United States. The new service can identify, track and […]

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Facebook’s facial recognition tool faces class action suit over mishandling biometric data

By ethan / April 17, 2018

Facebook’s misuse of their users’ biometric information could potentially amount to billions of dollars in damages after a federal judge greenlighted an Illinois class action suit against the firm’s facial recognition feature. Facebook violated an Illinois state law by improperly using their photo-scanning and facial recognition technologies and storing biometric data without their users’ consent, […]

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