News Clips Victory in Portland: Facial recognition banned!

Victory in Portland: Facial recognition banned!

Last night, Portland’s City Council passed a sweeping ban on facial recognition technology. Unlike Oakland, Berkeley, San Francisco and Boston, Portland’s law bans not just government use of the technology, but private companies as well. As pointed out in the ordinance, “Oregon state law only prohibits its use by law-enforcement agencies obtained through the use …

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News Clips “Over 2,400 Police Agencies” use Intrusive Clearview AI Facial Recognition System

“Over 2,400 Police Agencies” use Intrusive Clearview AI Facial Recognition System

First of all, I need to get this out of the way: Shame on you, Jason Calacanis. According to The Verge: The interview was taped in May, but Calacanis didn’t release it until today. That’s because it took place the morning after George Floyd was killed by police. “Once the protests started in America, and …

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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 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 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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