Sen. Markey asks Clearview about law enforcement's facial-recognition tech use

(Jan 24, 2020) U.S. Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., has asked Clearview AI for information about the law enforcement agencies that have used its facial-recognition technology, CNET reports. In a letter to Clearview CEO Hoan Ton-That, Markey also asked about any past breaches and whether its systems identify children under the age of 13. "Clearview's product appears to pose particularly chilling privacy risks, and I am deeply concerned that it is capable of fundamentally dismantling Americans' expectation that they ca... Read More

Will NYT's facial-recognition story sway privacy debate?

(Jan 21, 2020) Over the weekend, The New York Times reported on a little-known company called Clearview AI. The startup has "devised a groundbreaking facial recognition app" that allows a user to "take a picture of a person, upload it and get to see public photos of that person, along with links to where those photos appeared." The app is now being used by more than 600 law enforcement agencies, including the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Homeland Security. Its system includes a databa... Read More

Perspective: Will NYT's facial-recognition story sway privacy debate?

(Jan 21, 2020) The use and potential regulation of facial-recognition technology has heated up recently, particularly after The New York Times published an in-depth report over the weekend on a little-known company called Clearview AI. The startup has "devised a groundbreaking facial recognition app" that allows a user to "take a picture of a person, upload it and get to see public photos of that person, along with links to where those photos appeared." The story comes on the heels of a rumor that EU officials... Read More

EU regulators eyeing clampdown on digital assistants

(Jan 17, 2020) Bloomberg reports EU privacy regulators have their sights set on policing voice assistants following allegations of workers snooping on users. Luxembourg National Data Protection Commission President Tine Larsen has indicated regulators are working toward a unified approach to regulating big tech companies' voice assistant programs. "Because it’s a question of principle, the members of the (European Data Protection Board) should work out a common position in line with the consistency mechanism t... Read More

NPC warns ride-hailing service of data security problems

(Jan 16, 2020) The Manila Times reports the Philippines National Privacy Commission has called on ride-hailing service Grab Philippines to improve its data security measures. The NPC cited issues with Grab's recent updates to its passenger verification system and a test program for in-car audio and video recordings. NPC Compliance and Monitoring Division Chief Olivia Khane Raza said, "To avoid serious breaches of privacy, the commission must ensure that their new system is compliant with the Data Privacy Act a... Read More

Lawmakers (continue to) grapple with how to regulate facial recognition

(Jan 16, 2020) At a U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform hearing Jan. 15, lawmakers continued to investigate the potential risks posed by both government and commercial use of facial-recognition technology. The hearing was the third in a series on the topic as the committee seeks guidance on how to legislate use of the controversial surveillance tool, a tool law enforcement cites as essential to thwarting dangerous crimes against the American public and private industry seeks to use for everything from... Read More

Lawmakers committed to facial-recognition legislation in 'near future'

(Jan 16, 2020) At a U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform hearing Jan. 15, lawmakers continued to investigate the potential risks posed by both government and commercial use of facial-recognition technology. The hearing was the third in a series on the topic as the committee seeks guidance on how to legislate use of the controversial surveillance tool, a tool law enforcement cites as essential to thwarting dangerous crimes against the American public and private industry seeks to use for everything from... Read More

Attorney general calls on Apple to unlock gunman’s iPhones

(Jan 14, 2020) U.S. Attorney General William Barr is pushing Apple to unlock two iPhones used by the gunman in a deadly shooting at a naval base in Pensacola, Florida, last month, calling the event an act of terrorism, The New York Times reports. “This situation perfectly illustrates why it is critical that the public be able to get access to digital evidence,” he said. Barr also called on technology companies to find a solution to their battle with government over advanced encryption and other digital securit... Read More

European parliament considers whether California could be 'adequate'

(Jan 9, 2020) Could California have its own Privacy Shield arrangement separate from the rest of the U.S.? That was the most exciting question that emerged from a discussion about the data-transfer agreement’s third annual review at the European Parliament Thursday. Members of the Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs discussed in depth the European Commission’s report, issued Oct. 21, with representatives of the European Commission and European Data Protection Board. The respons... Read More

EU Parliament debates: Could California be considered 'adequate' on its own?

(Jan 9, 2020) Could California have its own Privacy Shield arrangement separate from the rest of the U.S.? That was the most exciting question that emerged from a discussion about the data-transfer agreement’s third annual review at the European Parliament Thursday. Members of the Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs discussed in depth the European Commission’s report, issued Oct. 21, with representatives of the European Commission and European Data Protection Board. Referring... Read More