facial recognition

HBO Max will show off its streaming library with an interactive SXSW experience

South by Southwest is taking place online this year, and one of the things attendees can check out is an interactive HBO Max experience. HBO Max Orbit aims to show off the depth of the streaming service’s catalog in a novel way. Through facial movement recognition and voice commands, HBO Max Orbit will allow you …

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This site posted every face from Parler’s Capitol Hill insurrection videos

Enlarge Getty Images | Wired When hackers exploited a bug in Parler to download all of the right-wing social media platform’s contents last week, they were surprised to find that many of the pictures and videos contained geolocation metadata revealing exactly how many of the site’s users had taken part in the invasion of the …

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Recommended Reading: The best long-form stories of 2020

USA Today Sports / reuters On a semi-weekly basis, we compile a collection of the best long-form stories on tech, tech culture and more. We’ve collected a list of the best selections from 2020 for you to revisit — or enjoy for the first time — as we finish up one dumpster fire of a …

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LAPD bans the use of Clearview’s controversial facial recognition software

Mel Melcon via Getty Images The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) has reportedly banned the use of third-party facial recognition services including the controversial Clearview AI. Buzzfeed News reports that the ban was enacted on November 13th after reporters showed officials evidence of LAPD officers using Clearview. In a statement, Deputy Police chief John McMahon …

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Police used facial recognition to identify a Lafayette Square protester

Cheriss May / reuters In the aftermath of the Lafayette Square protests in June, police in Washington DC used facial recognition technology to identify a protestor who had allegedly punched an officer in the face. They found the man after feeding an image of him they found on Twitter through a previously undisclosed database called …

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Cops in Miami, NYC arrest protesters from facial recognition matches

Enlarge / Demonstrators marching on a roadway during a protest against police brutality and the death of George Floyd, on May 31, 2020, in Miami, Florida. Joe Raedle | Getty Images Law enforcement in several cities, including New York and Miami, have reportedly been using controversial facial recognition software to track down and arrest individuals …

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Police use of facial recognition violates human rights, UK court rules

Enlarge / A close-up of a police facial recognition camera in use at the Cardiff City Stadium on January 12, 2020 in Cardiff, Wales. Police used the technology to identify individuals who were issued with football banning orders in an attempt to prevent disorder. Critics argued that the use of such technology is invasive and …

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Rite Aid deployed facial recognition in hundreds of stores, report finds

Enlarge / A woman wearing a mask walks past a Rite-Aid store in Portland, Oregon, in May 2020. hapabapa | Getty Images Pharmacy chain Rite Aid deployed facial recognition technology in hundreds of store locations in the nation’s largest cities, particularly in low-income neighborhoods predominantly home to people of color, a new report has found. …

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Facial recognition linked to a second wrongful arrest by Detroit police

KENGKAT via Getty Images A false facial recognition match has led to the arrest of another innocent person. According to the Detroit Free Press, police in the city arrested a man for allegedly reaching into a person’s car, taking their phone and throwing it, breaking the case and damaging the screen in the process. Facial …

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Australia and the UK open joint investigation of Clearview AI

SDI Productions via Getty Images Australia and the UK have opened a joint investigation into Clearview AI. Specifically, the regulatory bodies are concerned with Clearview’s practice of using “scraped” data and biometrics.  The two countries aren’t the first to question Clearview AI, the company behind the controversial facial recognition program. Clearview AI claims to have …

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