Cops to Get Facial Recognition Devices; Will They Need Warrants to Use Them? Privacy Law Posted Jul 13, 2011 6:38 AM CDT By Debra Cassens Weiss Police departments in several states are getting new high-tech devices that can scan irises, recognize faces and collect fingerprints.
The devices, made by BI2 Technologies, are attached to an iPhone for immediate searches of criminal databases, the Wall Street Journal (sub. req.) reports. The development is “raising significant questions about privacy and civil liberties,” the story says. Currently the technology, called “Moris” for Mobile Offender Recognition and Information System, is used by the military to identify insurgents. The Wall Street Journal interviewed George Washington University law professor Orin Kerr about the legal implications.
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» Apple Wants to Spy on You All Hi-Tech-Like Here I am, seriously considering switching from a BlackBerry to an iPhone when my contract runs out next week, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation has to go and ruin it for me. On the EFF Deeplinks blog yesterday, Julie Samuels posted about Apple's patent application for technology, which Samuels dubs "traitorware," that will enable Apple to "secretly collect, store and potentially use sensitive biometric information about you.
" The details are sort of frightening. Basically, it sounds like when you let the guy from your information technology department "remote in" to your PC to fix some issue with your Word macros. Maybe I don't really need to play Angry Birds that badly. Seeks Public Comments on Facial Recognition Technology. Federal Trade Commission staff is seeking public comments on the issues raised at a recent FTC workshop exploring facial recognition technology and the privacy and security implications raised by its increasing use.
The December 8, 2011, public workshop, "Face Facts: A Forum on Facial Recognition Technology," focused on the current and future commercial applications of facial detection and recognition technologies, and explored an array of current uses of these technologies, possible future uses and benefits, and potential privacy and security concerns.
The agenda for the workshop can be found here, and an archived webcast of the proceedings is viewable here. The deadline for filing comments is January 31, 2012, and instructions for filing can be found near the bottom of this press release. Privacy and Security Fanatic: Face Detection Technology Tool Now Detects Your Moods Too. When Facebook automatically enabled facial recognition for photo tagging purposes last month, the company was forced to apologize after the backlash from angry users who had their privacy invaded by default yet again. Was that anger caused by Facebook changing the privacy settings, or because the photo tagging used facial recognition software, or a bit of both? Face.com, a face detection and recognition service, believes their software is cool, not creepy, and that people have overcome privacy concerns about a technology that can identify faces . . . and the moods on those faces as well.
After Face.com launched its free API last year, the company's service was called the "facial recognition software that will put a name to every photograph in the Internet. " As Facial Recognition Improves, New Privacy Controversies Await. If you think recently-unveiled products like the Facebook Timeline and Amazon's cloud-powered Silk Web browser have raised privacy issues, an innovation that lies just around the corner could blow them both out of the water.
Opinions and recommendations - Justice. Facial recognition may need regulating. News By Grant Gross August 13, 2012 06:00 AM ET Computerworld - Congress might need to pass legislation to limit the way government agencies and private companies use facial recognition technology to identify people, a U.S. senator said recently.
The growing use of facial recognition tools raises serious privacy concerns, said Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee's privacy subcommittee. EU Weighs in on Privacy in Face Recognition Apps. Photo Tag Suggest, Tag My Face, Klik, FaceLook, Age Meter, FaceLock, and Visidon AppLock—the list grows by the day.
These recent online and mobile applications apply face recognition technology to photos of individuals to identify or categorize them or to verify their identities. While often fun and convenient for users, these applications also raise privacy concerns for the individuals whose data is collected and used in the process. Face recognition in online applications is particularly problematic as personal data in these applications is sometimes used out of context by employers and law enforcement. Therefore, European privacy officials’ opinion recommending various privacy practices for these applications could not have come at a better time. Last summer, the Article 29 Working Party—an advisory body formed under the EU Data Protection Directive—initiated an investigation into this issue in response to Facebook’s European launch of its face recognition technology. Why you should be worried about facial-recognition technology.
It could be time for you to start worrying about what Facebook might be doing with the identity information collected on you and "tagged" photos.
The Hamburg Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information in Germany has announced legal action against the company and charged that Facebook's use of facial-recognition technology is illegal. In addition, the Federation of German Consumer Organizations is ordering Facebook to stop giving third-party applications users' data without their consent. If the social network doesn't do this by Sept. 4, the FGCO will sue. Earlier this month, Norway also announced that it is looking into the legality of the social network's use of face-matching technology. Unlike the United States, Germany has regulations that allow Internet users control over their data.
Calling for a moratorium on SM facial recognition. Further update 27 Nov 2012: It is reported that new facial recognition services invite you to upload photos to find look alikes in pornography.
That is, you can find out if the "girl next door" has a secret life. Does Facial Recognition Technology Mean the End of Privacy? At the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas, researchers from Carnegie Mellon demonstrated how the same facial recognition technology used to tag Facebook photos could be used to identify random people on the street.
The Future of Privacy: Facial Recognition, Public Facts, and 300 Million Little Brothers. It’s been a pleasure to blog this week. I hope you’ve enjoyed this conversation and I’d love to continue it. If you’re interested in reading more, check out our book, Wild West 2.0. It is the most-discussed Internet policy book of 2010 (Jimmy Wales called it “an invaluable guide” to the “brave new world of the Internet”) and it sold out Amazon.com once already. Or, contact me directly through my site at davidcthompson.com. Thanks again to Eugene and the whole Volokh Conspiracy for inviting me to participate this week. This week, we’ve discussed the “Wild West 2.0” metaphor for the Internet. Obama Administration to Look into Facial Recognition Technology. YouTube Videos Tweets Comments The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) is to hold parleys soon regarding what is seen as a very potent technology.
Facial recognition technology is a process of pinpointing individuals for all sorts of purposes. It spells dire results for people who value their privacy and confidentiality. Especially, the commercial consequences seem to be a source of trouble in future times when this technology will have reached its apogee. The White House especially took an interest in this new force which has both good and bad consequences. However, there are hurdles in the way of its complete acceptance. Facial recognition technology has been employed in surveillance systems, Internet services, gaming devices and smart phones. Source: The Verge Updates Update: 11 Tweets.