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A Flawed Facial Recognition System Sent This Man to Jail

In January, Detroit police arrested and charged 42-year-old Robert Williams with stealing $4,000 in watches from a retail store 15 months earlier. Taken away in handcuffs in front of his two children, Williams was sent to an interrogation room where police presented him with their evidence: Facial recognition software matched his driver’s license photo with …

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Analysis | The Technology 202: Twitter's voice tweets raise concerns about disinformation and abuse that's harder to police

Analysis | The Technology 202: Twitter’s voice tweets raise concerns about disinformation and abuse that’s harder to police

with Tonya Riley Twitter just rolled out voice tweets, which allow users to add up to 140 seconds of audio. But hold your jokes about how this is just the new voicemail: Tech experts warn that the audio feature could be a new vector for harmful content that’s even harder to police than text.  The …

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NYC passes POST Act, requiring police department to reveal surveillance technologies

NYC passes POST Act, requiring police department to reveal surveillance technologies

The New York City Council today voted in favor of the Public Oversight of Surveillance Technology (POST) Act, a bill that requires the New York City Police Department (NYPD) to disclose their use of surveillance technologies. The POST Act also mandates that the NYPD develop policies on how it deploys those tools, as well as …

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Police taking ‘excessive’ data from mobile phones

Image copyright Getty Images Police in England and Wales are taking “excessive” amounts of personal data from smartphones during investigations, the UK’s data watchdog has warned. Taking too much data may deter people from reporting crime or assisting the police, Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham said. Her report on police mobile phone data extraction (MPE) calls …

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Microsoft won’t sell police its facial-recognition technology, following similar moves by Amazon and IBM

Microsoft won’t sell police its facial-recognition technology, following similar moves by Amazon and IBM

Smith said Microsoft has not sold its facial-recognition technology to police departments. And the company has backed legislation in California that would allow police use of the technology with some restrictions. “We will not sell facial-recognition technology to police departments in the United States until we have a national law in place, grounded in human …

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IBM CEO Arvind Krishna speaking at a conference in 2016, when he was SVP and director at IBM Research.

IBM asks Congress for police reform, leaves facial recognition business

Enlarge / IBM CEO Arvind Krishna speaking at a conference in 2016, when he was SVP and director at IBM Research. IBM is walking away completely from the facial recognition business, CEO Arvind Krishna announced yesterday in a letter urging Congress to act against police misconduct and regulate the way technology can be used by …

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Microsoft bars facial recognition sales to police

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A US government study suggested facial recognition algorithms were less accurate at identifying African-American faces Microsoft has become the latest US company to limit the use of its facial recognition technology by police. The firm said it would not start sales to US police departments until the country approves …

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The two-year fight to stop Amazon from selling face recognition to the police

But on Wednesday, June 10, Amazon shocked civil rights activists and researchers when it announced that it would place a one-year moratorium on police use of Rekognition. The move followed IBM’s decision to discontinue its general-purpose face recognition system. The next day, Microsoft announced that it would stop selling its system to police departments until …

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Amazon imposes one-year moratorium on police use of its facial recognition technology

Amazon imposes one-year moratorium on police use of its facial recognition technology

Amazon today declared a halt of the sale of facial recognition to police departments for one year. The news comes one day after George Floyd, a man killed by the Minneapolis Police Department, was laid to rest in Houston, and shortly after IBM pledged to end the sale of or research into facial recognition technology. …

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Amazon Won't Let Police Use Its Facial Recognition Tech for One Year

Amazon Won’t Let Police Use Its Facial Recognition Tech for One Year

Amazon announced on Wednesday it was implementing a “one-year moratorium” on police use of Rekognition, its facial recognition technology. Lawmakers and civil liberties groups have expressed growing alarm over the tool’s potential for misuse by law enforcement for years, particularly against communities of color. Now, weeks into worldwide protests against police brutality and racism sparked …

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