News Clips Congress Introduces Bill to Ban Federal Agencies From Using Facial Recognition

Congress Introduces Bill to Ban Federal Agencies From Using Facial Recognition

Via Vice Last week, Ed Markey, Jeff Merkley, Pramila Jayapal and Ayanna Pressley introduced the “Facial Recognition and Biometric Technology Moratorium Act of 2020”. The Act would forbid the Federal government from using facial recognition systems, with room for exceptions that must be passed an Act of Congress. Importantly, it also states that any local …

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News Clips Facebook debuts workplace censorship tool, highlights “unionize” as a target

Facebook debuts workplace censorship tool, highlights “unionize” as a target

From The Intercept: During an internal presentation at Facebook on Wednesday, the company debuted features for Facebook Workplace, an intranet-style chat and office collaboration product similar to Slack.…The presentation discussed the “benefits” of “content control.” And it offered one example of a topic employers might find it useful to blacklist: the word “unionize.” The Intercept …

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News Clips Amazon suspends Rekognition use by police for 1 year

Amazon suspends Rekognition use by police for 1 year

Amazon announced that they are ending use of their Rekognition facial recognition technology for one year, effective immediately. Amazon says that they will still allow use of the system by “organizations like Thorn, the International Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and Marinus Analytics.” Rekognition allows users to upload a series of photos of known …

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News Clips Google, Facebook working with US government on civil liberties-busting location database to “combat coronavirus”

Google, Facebook working with US government on civil liberties-busting location database to “combat coronavirus”

Even in times of global crisis, we must maintain our civil liberties. While many if not most of us are taking safety precautions like social isolation in the face of COVID-19, we must be vigilant in our defense of our civil rights. The Washington Post reports that the U.S. government, in partnership with Facebook, Google …

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News Clips House to vote on reauthorizing the spy-enabling “Freedom Act”

House to vote on reauthorizing the spy-enabling “Freedom Act”

The New York Times reports that the U.S. House of Representatives will vote to reauthorize the USA Freedom Act as early as Wednesday. As this site wrote about in coverage of the PCLOB’s report on the NSA Call Detail Record program, the USA FREEDOM Act was passed in 2015 after widespread outrage over the power …

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News Clips Google gives police location records, makes man a suspect for taking a bike ride.

Google gives police location records, makes man a suspect for taking a bike ride.

Via NBC News, we have the story of Zachary McCoy. McCoy got an email from Google that local police had requested info about his Google account – and he had no idea why. It turns out that McCoy was caught up in a “geofence warrant,” where police send Google or other companies a warrant for …

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News Clips WSJ: Smile! Your Boss Is Tracking Your Happiness.

WSJ: Smile! Your Boss Is Tracking Your Happiness.

CEOs, want to know the best way to keep your employees happy? Until they’ve seized the means of production and turned your workplace into a co-op or state-owned enterprise, at least? Start here: Pay well. Have good insurance. Give ample vacation and sick time. Don’t discriminate against them. Not wanting to risk their bottom lines …

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News Clips Bodycams + Facial Recognition: A Bad Combination

Bodycams + Facial Recognition: A Bad Combination

As the Black Lives Matter movement took to the streets over brutal killing of Black people by police in the US, a common call for change was to force all police to wear bodycams. Still today much video of police terror comes from cellphone video footage that a bystander or Copwatcher takes. It’s possible that …

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