Oct 10th 2019

Daily Telegraph – Waltham Forest Council trialled facial recognition without residents’ knowledge

Waltham Forest Council has admitted to trialling facial recognition technology for three days earlier this year, without the knowledge of residents. It used four cameras across public spaces, including the London borough’s main shopping street. While the council does not intend to follow up the trial immediately, no decision has been made about the council’s […]

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Oct 10th 2019

Daily Telegraph – Twitter unfairly profiting from selling millions of UK users’ data

Twitter has come under fire for using millions of UK users’ email addresses to sell targeted advertising without their knowledge. On Tuesday, Twitter admitted that it allowed advertisers to benefit from data which it was given for security reasons, as part of two-factor authentication. Director of Big Brother Watch, Silkie Carlo, stated that the breach […]

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Oct 10th 2019

Commonspace – MSPs pushed to ban facial recognition

The Scottish Parliament’s justice sub-committee has launched an inquiry to learn more about current facial recognition technology use by Police Scotland, and to gain views of whether use of this technology by the police raises policy concerns. The inquiry comes as Holyrood’s justice committee considers new legislation to introduce a Biometrics Commissioner for Scotland to […]

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Oct 10th 2019

The Guardian – Facial recognition technology and the surveillance state

As use of facial recognition technology by both police and private companies has grown over the past year, so has the debate around the threats the technology poses. In contrast with fingerprint data which generally must be destroyed after a certain time frame, facial recognition lacks specific rules on retention of images. Again, in contrast […]

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Oct 10th 2019

Digit – Facebook encryption could put lives in danger, according to Ministers

Representatives from the UK, US and Australia have written an open letter asking Facebook to end plans for end-to-end encryption across its messaging platforms. Among the signatories, is Home Secretary Priti Patel. Ministers claim that encryption could threaten lives by restricting law enforcement agencies from accessing social media messages. The open letter follows the signing […]

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