USA May Go the Opposite Way of China on Facial Recognition: Where Does India Stand?

With Black Lives Matter protests hitting the streets in USA in light of George Floyd’s murder, questions regarding the use of facial recognition by police departments to identify protestors came to light. This follows a known pattern, where preceding protests in Hong Kong led to questions being raised regarding the use of Chinese state-backed facial recognition, coupled with a directive to ban the wearing of masks to safeguard privacy. In India, a glimpse of this was also seen during the Delhi riots that took over the early part of 2020.…

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USA May Go the Opposite Way of China on Facial Recognition: Where Does India Stand?

With Black Lives Matter protests hitting the streets in USA in light of George Floyd’s murder, questions regarding the use of facial recognition by police departments to identify protestors came to light. This follows a known pattern, where preceding protests in Hong Kong led to questions being raised regarding the use of Chinese state-backed facial recognition, coupled with a directive to ban the wearing of masks to safeguard privacy. In India, a glimpse of this was also seen during the Delhi riots that took over the early part of 2020.…

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IBM Will Not Work on Facial Recognition Till There Are Reforms to Prevent Surveillance, Profiling & More

Image for representation. The decision for IBM to get out of the facial recognition business comes amid the death of George Floyd that has led to mass protests worldwide. News18.com Last Updated: June 9, 2020, 10:37 AM IST Technology giant IBM announced that it will no longer offer facial recognition or analysis software as the company’s new chief executive officer Arvind Krishna voiced support for policies to advance racial justice and combatting systematic racism. In a letter to the members of the United States Congress, Krishna urged a…

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Jaipur Firm Deploys 7 Humanoid Robots to Cut Down Physical Interaction among Employees

Representational Image: Reuters From carrying files from one person to another to marking the attendance of its employees and taking visitors’ temperature and regulating their entry to the office, the robots have taken upon themselves a slew of works requiring human interactions in the office. PTI Last Updated: June 7, 2020, 4:17 PM IST With a COVID-19-battered world hard-pressed to maintain social distancing, a private firm here has deployed seven humanoid robots and other artificial intelligence techniques to reduce human to human interaction almost next to nil in…

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Dubai Police Fights Covid-19 in Sci-Fi Style

An image of a smart helmet equipped with infrared thermal camera and facial recognition tech, in use by Dubai Police. (Image: Dubai Police/Instagram) In what appears to be gadgets straight out of Batman’s arsenal, Dubai Police’s smart helmets are helping them to scan faces and enforce quarantine. PTI Last Updated: April 14, 2020, 8:09 PM IST Dubai police officials are using smart helmets fitted with an infra-red camera and other Artificial Intelligence technologies to detect high body temperature of public transport users amid the coronavirus outbreak in the…

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Four out of Ten Indian Adults Have Been Victims of Identity Theft

Nearly four in ten Indian adults (39 percent) have experienced some sort of identity theft in their lifetime, with 10 percent in 2019 alone, a new report said on Monday, adding that identity theft and cybercrime appear to be more common among men than women in the country. Despite the potential for abuse or misuse, most Indians (58 percent) support the use of facial recognition. The report by NortonLifeLock, a global leader in consumer cyber safety, revealed that 61 percent of respondents feel well-protected against ID theft but 63 percent…

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Facial Recognition Identified 1,100 Delhi Rioters, Says HM Amit Shah: How it Works

Union Home Minister Amit Shah makes a statement on the Delhi riots in Lok Sabha on Wednesday. (Photo: Twitter/ANI) The Advanced Facial Recognition Software (AFRS) is a tool used by Delhi Police since 2018. Here’s how it is working for the government. News18.com Last Updated: March 11, 2020, 8:17 PM IST Earlier today, Home Minister Amit Shah stated that facial recognition technology is being used extensively to identify and arrest perpetrators of violence and riots that have shaken up Delhi over the past few weeks. Speaking at the…

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Make no Mistake, Regulations For Artificial Intelligence Are Incoming in The EU

The European Union unveiled proposals to regulate artificial intelligence that call for strict rules and safeguards on risky applications of the rapidly developing technology. The report is part of the bloc’s wider digital strategy aimed at maintaining its position as the global pacesetter on technological standards. Big tech companies seeking to tap Europe’s vast and lucrative market, including those from the U.S. and China, would have to play by any new rules that come into force. The EU’s executive Commission said it wants to develop a “framework for trustworthy artificial…

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Facial Recognition Now Being Used by Delhi, UP Police During Anti-CAA Protests

Police officials sitting atop a bus take videos of demonstrators during a protest against a citizenship law, in New Delhi, February 10, 2020. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui Indian start-up Innefu is providing facial recognition software AI Vision, which also includes gait and body analysis, to the Delhi police. Reuters Last Updated: February 17, 2020, 6:28 PM IST When artist Rachita Taneja heads out to protest in New Delhi, she covers her face with a pollution mask, a hoodie or a scarf to reduce the risk of being identified by police…

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Facebook Loses Lawsuit on its Use of Facial Recognition, To Pay $500mn in Settlement

The Illinois lawsuit had stated that Facebook’s ‘Tag Suggestions’ were in violation of the state’s Biometric Information Privacy Act. IANS Updated:January 30, 2020, 3:07 PM IST The Illinois lawsuit had stated that Facebook’s ‘Tag Suggestions’ were in violation of the state’s Biometric Information Privacy Act. Facebook has agreed to pay $550 million to settle a 2015 class-action privacy lawsuit against its use of facial recognition technology. The lawsuit in the US state of Illinois claimed that Facebook’s ‘Tag Suggestions’ tool, which scans a user’s face in photos and offers suggestions…

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If You Thought Facial Recognition is a Privacy Nightmare, it is Only Going to Get Worse in India

In recent times, the use of facial recognition tools by the Delhi Police has come to light. The centre-governed police force has, time and again, been using what is known as Advanced Facial Recognition Software (AFRS) during parades, and notably, once at a political rally. While the use of facial recognition by government agencies across the world is nothing new, what is perhaps alarming to note is where this is leading to, in terms of privacy of common people. The fundamental working principle of Delhi Police’s AFRS tool is artificial…

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Twitter Tells Facial Recognition App to Stop Collecting Images

Twitter sent a cease-and-desist letter to New York-based Clearview AI, a facial recognition app for law enforcement, for violating its policies. IANS Updated:January 23, 2020, 11:03 AM IST Image for Representation (IANS) Twitter has told law enforcement app maker Clearview AI to stop downloading images from its platform to build its facial recognition databases as it violates its policies. The controversial app uses over three billion images to find a match. These images have been sourced from various social media sites including Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. According to The New…

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