DHS aims for more airplane facial recognition by 2023

(Apr 19, 2019) The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has laid out a four-year plan to have facial-recognition technology cover 97% of departing airplane passengers, The Hill reports. DHS states in a report U.S. Customs and Border Protection can achieve its 2023 goal through partnerships with airports and airlines and with the expansion of the "Biometric Exit" program that cross-references images of departing passengers with previously stored images from visa and passport applications. While CBP reported the... Read More

Indian IT firm possessed Aadhaar data of 78M people

(Apr 18, 2019) Following a complaint from the Unique Identification Authority of India, the Cyberabad police filed a first information report against IT Grids for allegedly being in possession of Aadhaar information belonging to 78,221,397 individuals from Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, The Times of India reports. The company was reportedly using the data to develop TDP’s Seva Mitra, and it's believed that the data was obtained illegally. "The investigation so far revealed that Seva Mitra app is suspected to be... Read More

Op-ed: Ethics will not be enough to tackle AI

(Apr 18, 2019) In an op-ed for Slate, Daniel Susser writes while professionals have taken an ethics-based approach to solving artificial intelligence concerns, it will not be enough to have a system that reflects human values, such as privacy and autonomy. Susser points to the European Commission's draft ethics guidelines for trustworthy AI and Microsoft's "AI Principles" as a couple of the positive steps but does not see such advisories creating change on their own. "Lists of 'ethical principles' are intentio... Read More

NYT builds facial-recognition system for $60 for 'The Privacy Project'

(Apr 17, 2019) As part of its recent launch of “The Privacy Project,” The New York Times reports on the facial images it was able to collect through cameras at Bryant Park. For the study, the Times gathered public images captured by three cameras that surveyed a section of the park. One day of footage was run through Amazon’s commercial facial-recognition service, which resulted in 2,750 faces detected over a nine-hour period. The Times reports the total cost of all the work came to $60. In an op-ed for “The P... Read More

EU set to approve new biometric database

(Apr 16, 2019) European Union lawmakers are going forward with the creation of a database that collects biometric data for all non-EU citizens in Europe’s visa-free Schengen area, Politico reports. The system would bring together current databases that track migration, travel and crime and is expected to be approved by the European Parliament. The plans for the all-encompassing system go against the EU's position in 2010 when it said such a database would “constitute a gross and illegitimate restriction of ind... Read More

Google ends review on AI health care

(Apr 15, 2019) Due to continued disagreements, Google is dissolving its U.K.-based review panel that was exploring the use of artificial intelligence in health care, The Wall Street Journal reports. In addition to doubts about effectiveness, those familiar with the matter noted disagreements between panel members and researchers from DeepMind, Google's artificial intelligence research company in the U.K., including the access of information about research and products, and DeepMind's independence from Google, ... Read More

Committee calls for transparency over Australia's face-matching service

(Apr 11, 2019) Australia’s Parliamentary Joint Committee on Law Enforcement has asked the government to be more transparent regarding plans to allow state and territory law enforcement access to the country’s face-matching service, ZDNet reports. In a report examining the impact of new and emerging information and communication technology, the committee called for safeguards that would protect against data breaches and urged the government to consider its recommendations for future strategies for biometric dat... Read More

PIA workshop aimed at biometrics businesses

(Apr 11, 2019) The Biometrics Institute announced a half-day workshop May 24 designed to clarify how to implement a privacy impact assessment. The institute, whose mission is to promote the responsible and ethical use of biometric and biometric analytics, created a PIA model template in consultation with privacy professionals and biometric experts in hopes of helping organizations structure their privacy policies and practices. Senior officers, those who deal with privacy matters, and technical persons who hav... Read More

Taser seeks to add facial-recognition products

(Apr 10, 2019) Axon, formerly Taser International, is pushing to add facial-recognition software to its product line, The Financial Times reports. Despite claiming it is not exploring the use of facial recognition, the company is filing three patents for facial-recognition software. Two of the patents are pending, but U.S. patents said the technology can identify individuals and blur out sensitive information in police footage. The software also estimates a person’s age and race as it measures unique physical ... Read More

EU tests AI draft ethics rules

(Apr 9, 2019) TechCrunch reports the European Commission has launched a project to test ethical guidelines on the creation and use of artificial intelligence technology. The commission's High-Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence, which released the guidelines in December, seeks to ensure the rules can be implemented in practice and will do so by testing them with a wide range of stakeholders, including international organizations and companies from outside the commission. The pilot will end in 2020, ... Read More