U.S. Blacklists Dozens of Chinese Companies Working on AI, Face Recognition Tech

The U.S. Commerce Department has put another 33 Chinese businesses – many of which develop artificial intelligence and face recognition tech – on its economic blacklist as a punitive measure for purportedly conspiring with Beijing and the government’s brutal crackdown on Muslim minorities. Read More >>

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UK Joins Chinese State-Funded Project to Develop Advanced Facial Recognition Tech

If there's one thing that shows a country's dedication to upholding human rights and the freedom of its citizens, it's supporting an oppressive regime. Read More >>

Apple Disables Clearview AI’s App, Accusing the Face Recognition Firm of Violating Its Rules

Embattled face recognition startup Clearview AI is topping off a week of intense scrutiny over its nebulous law enforcement partnerships with an even bigger dose of bad news: Apple has reportedly disabled the iOS version of Clearview’s app citing violations of its developer programme. Read More >>

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Data Breach at Controversial Face Recognition Firm Shows Company Can’t Be Trusted, Officials Say

A security breach at a face-recognition startup, already embattled over its unfettered collection of Americans’ personal data on behalf of its hundreds of law enforcement clients, further underscores the potential hazards faced by consumers at the hands of a controversial and largely-unregulated surveillance technology, federal officials said on Wednesday. Read More >>

Google Slaps Face-Recognition Firm Clearview With a Cease-and-Desist Order

Clearview AI, a controversial face recognition start-up, whose customers include hundreds of US law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, has been served a cease-and-desist order by Google and its subsidiary YouTube. Read More >>

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London Police Inexplicably Rolling Out Facial Recognition Even Though its Success Rate is Shit

Flying in the face of the hundreds of thousands of pounds frittered away on tech that's failing its supposed purpose of 'catching criminals', facial recognition is coming to London anyway. Read More >>

70,000 Tinder Photos of Women Just Got Dumped on a Cyber-Crime Forum

More than 70,000 photos of Tinder users are being shared by members of an internet cyber-crime forum, Gizmodo has learned, raising concerns about the potential for abusive use of the photos. Ominously, only women appear to have been targeted. Read More >>

Microsoft Taps Former US Attorney General to Audit AnyVision Over Concerns of Face Recognition Surveillance

Microsoft is bringing on former US Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate whether AnyVision, a facial recognition company it invested in over the summer, violated Microsoft’s ethics guidelines, according to an NBC News report Friday. Read More >>

Facial Recognition Cameras Get Switched Off at King’s Cross

Facial-recognition technology will not be used at the King's Cross development in the future. The developer behind the London site says it now has "no plans to reintroduce any form of facial-recognition technology at the King's Cross Estate" after a very public outcry over its secret deployment three years ago. Read More >>

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Man City Is Reported to Be Looking Into Face Recognition Tech for Stadium Access

Man City wants to whip out a wholly intrusive form of surveillance in place of just having someone look at tickets to gain entry to its Etihad Stadium. Read More >>

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Shady Property Developer Caught Using Face Recognition Tech Spouts Spurious Shit to Cover Its Arse

In yet another example of companies doing whatever the fuck they like with no repercussions, UK property developer Argent has been sneakily using face recognition tech without telling anyone. Read More >>

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IBM Sells Face Recognition Surveillance to a Dictatorship: Report

The United Arab Emirates is one of the 21st century’s most modern and forward thinking surveillance states. Read More >>

The Mystery of That Taylor Swift Face Recognition Kiosk Has Been Solved

In December of last year, Rolling Stone reported that at a Taylor Swift concert at the 2018 Rose Bowl there was a mysterious kiosk playing clips of the singer that doubled as a facial recognition system to flag any of Swift’s stalkers. A number of reports covered the alleged kiosk – including Gizmodo – but little was known at the time about the surveillance system. But now we have answers to some key questions about this kiosk, including who was behind it. Read More >>

Amazon May Be Forcing Its Sellers to Contribute to Its Facial Recognition Program

Amazon has consistently faced ongoing outcry over its contentious Rekognition software, but that apparently isn’t stopping the company from testing out facial recognition technology on its sellers. Read More >>

Facial Recognition Flags Woman on Bus Ad for ‘Jaywalking’ in China

China’s surveillance system is becoming increasingly omnipresent, with an estimated 200 million cameras and counting. While this state of existence alone is unsettling, it’s even more troubling that the machines are screwing up even the simplest task. Read More >>