LAPD pretends to ban facial recognition + Canada proposes data privacy law | Tech for the People Today – November 18, 2020

LAPD pretends to ban facial recognition + Canada proposes data privacy law | Tech for the People Today – November 18, 2020

The LAPD has banned use of third-party facial recognition software, but continues to use a facial recognition app called LACRIS (Los Angeles Country Regional Identification System). The announcement is clearly a PR move after reporting from BuzzFeed News earlier this year that officers were using Clearview AI.

The Canadian government has introduced proposed legislation that feels very much like the European GDPR. People would have the ability to request that online services delete their information, and the Digital Charter Implementation Act, 2020, would force those services to let people move information from one service to another “in a secure manner.” Unfortunately, the question is still one of enforcement – will the Canadian government be able to enact its promised large fines against multinational companies?

The Trump campaign’s mobile app is abusing the data of those who installed it. As reported by the Associated Press, the app developed by Phunware could collect all of the contacts on a user’s phone, their IP address and their location. The data is provided directly to the Trump campaign, which can effectively do whatever it wants with that data.