Facebook announced it is shutting down its Face Recognition system. People who’ve opted in will no longer be automatically recognized in photos and videos. As a consequence Facebook will delete more than a billion people’s individual facial recognition templates. The company stated it ‘needed to weigh the positive use cases for facial recognition against growing societal concerns, especially as regulators have yet to provide clear rules.’
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According to Russian press agency TASS the Moscow police force uses a facial recognition system to detect participants in demonstrations against the government. The system is said to detected those who had been put on a database for their repeated participation in ‘unauthorized events’.
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Amnesty International today launches a global campaign to ban the use of facial recognition systems, a form of mass surveillance that amplifies racist policing and threatens the right to protest.
NEC has introduced a facial recognition system that identifies people even when they are wearing masks. The Japanese technology firm had already been working on this system to meet the needs of allergy sufferers who wear masks when the COVID-19 pandemic hit.