Protestors demand Amazon end relationship with ICE

(Jul 15, 2019) Protestors at the Amazon Web Services Summit last week called for Amazon to stop providing services to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Government Technology reports. The protest occurred after leaked documents revealed AWS is open to “providing ICE with its Rekognition Video system.” While ICE does not currently have a facial-recognition contract with Amazon, it does have a contract with Four Points Technology that offers unlimited cloud storage solutions on AWS. In June, Amazon announ... Read More

Face datasets used to train facial-recognition tech

(Jul 15, 2019) Databases of people’s faces are being compiled without their knowledge and shared around the world, The New York Times reports. The datasets contain images pulled from social media, photo websites and cameras in restaurants and on college campuses. Some datasets contain thousands of images, but others contain millions. Privacy advocates have raised concerns over a lack of oversight of the datasets, noting that people’s faces are being used to create “ethically questionable technology.” While Fac... Read More

Are license plate recognition cameras headed to fast-food drive-thrus?

(Jul 12, 2019) Fast-food chains are exploring adding license plate recognition cameras to the drive-thru line, the Los Angeles Times reports. If added, the cameras would identify return customers by linking a customer's car with their credit card and order history, enabling the customer to pay without actually opening their wallets. Meanwhile, State Rep. Mike Beltran, R-Fla., has pledged to sponsor a new privacy law after it was revealed the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles is selling driver’s license and ... Read More

The Privacy Advisor Podcast: CCPA co-architect on this week's amendments

(Jul 12, 2019) There's no question that the California Consumer Privacy Act has captured the attention of not only U.S. stakeholders, but global counterparts, as well. Perhaps even more concerning to companies aiming to comply with the law before it becomes effective in 2020 is the uncertainty surrounding the seemingly endless number of amendments being considered by California's legislature. How do you prepare to comply with a law that's not fully baked? In this episode, co-author of the CCPA ballot initiativ... Read More

Privacy concerns arise over British Columbia community's security camera program

(Jul 12, 2019) A city security camera program on Vancouver Island has caught the attention of privacy advocates, Global News reports. The city of Parksville is offering residents and businesses a $100 rebate to install cameras on their property. The B.C. Freedom of Information and Privacy Association said both public education and consultation are needed considering the program makes it easy for widespread, unregulated camera use. “It opens it up to make it easy for everyone to just put cameras in their backya... Read More

BCLC facial-recognition tests producing high number of false positives

(Jul 12, 2019) Documents obtained by CTV News found a facial-recognition system the British Columbia Lottery Corporation plans to use to keep troublesome patrons out of casinos has produced a high rate of false positives. Of the 3,647 alerts to come out of the system, 3,255 were rejected. The system was able to accept 387 results; however, only 26 were confirmed by staff members, according to the documents. "These systems are complicated. It was overpromised in the first place. Surveillance is something that i... Read More

Researchers urge Scotland Yard to stop using facial-recognition tech

(Jul 11, 2019) Researchers at the University of Essex are calling on Scotland Yard to stop using facial-recognition technology until “significant concerns” of the tech violating human rights laws are addressed, the Independent reports. The call comes after researchers found that four out of five “suspects” are innocent. The independent report, which was commissioned by the Metropolitan Police, raises concerns over watchlist criteria being out of date, operational failures and issues with “consent, public legit... Read More

EU privacy regulators seek to clamp down on facial-recognition tech

(Jul 10, 2019) Politico reports EU privacy regulators have discussed the launch of a new set of guidelines to increase restrictions on facial-recognition software. A priority with the guidelines would be to redefine the data collected by facial-recognition tech as "biometric data." A change in verbiage would place the information under the "sensitive data" category of the EU General Data Protection Regulation. The GDPR requires explicit consent for sensitive data collections. The change through these proposed ... Read More

Coalition calls for DHS to ban facial recognition ahead of hearing

(Jul 10, 2019) Privacy and civil liberties organizations have banded together and are pushing for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to halt its use of facial-recognition software, BuzzFeed News reports. Fight for the Future and the Electronic Privacy Information Center were among the organizations to launch campaigns against the DHS's surveillance tactics. The calls come as DHS is set to hold a hearing regarding the broad, unregulated use of facial-recognition tech by the Transportation Security Adminis... Read More

Mistaken identifications raise privacy concerns

(Jul 10, 2019) There are a variety of home surveillance tools that provide homeowners a sense of security when they're not at home. The downside to the surveillance is that some people have been mistakenly identified as criminals, Government Technology reports. In Ohio, a teenager was mistakenly identified as a thief after taking a package off a neighbor's porch. The homeowner posted images of the teenager on social media and reported the incident to the police. It turns out the teenager was picking up a packa... Read More