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Chinese Airbnb competitor rolls out facial recognition locks

Sharing someone else's home is about to get even creepier. The Chinese Airbnb competitor Xiaozhu is rolling out locks that open with facial recognition, according to the South China Morning Post. The locks are reportedly meant to address security
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Facebook is trying to defang a strong law on facial recognition

We already know Facebook will do pretty much whatever it wants with your data, but a lawsuit shows the lengths it will go to in defending that approach. On Monday, the ACLU, Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), Center for Democracy & Technology
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Taylor Swift used facial recognition at a concert to detect stalkers

While facial recognition is increasingly being used by authorities to keep track of wrongdoers, entertainers have employed the tech as well – to keep track of stalkers. As per Rolling Stone, at Taylor Swift's Rose Bowl concert in May, a
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Facial recognition tech spreads to car rentals

Why take out your wallet and photo ID if a camera and software program can scan your face, verify your identity, and send you on your way in 30 seconds? That's what Hertz rental cars is asking with its new partnership with Clear, the biometric face
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Microsoft wants regulation to keep the 'facial recognition genie' in the bottle

There's no time like the present to slow the tide of a technology-enabled facilitation of discrimination aided by facial recognition.  So, somewhat surprisingly, argues one key developer of said facial recognition tech: Microsoft.  On Dec
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Chinese facial recognition system catches jaywalker, turns out to be a bus

China hasn't been shy about using facial recognition tech to catch jaywalkers, and publicly shame them. The technology aims to dissuade bad behaviour by recognising the offender's face, checking it with a database, then posting their information on
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Police trial of Amazon facial recognition tech doesn't seem to be going very well

Amazon’s facial recognition technology, Rekognition, continues to cause controversy. In documents recently obtained by BuzzFeed News, we now have a behind-the-scenes look at how Orlando police have been using the technology. After the city let
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Amazon pitched facial recognition tech to ICE despite employee objections

Amazon would really like U.S. law enforcement to use its facial-recognition software, despite how its employees feel. According to internal documents obtained by the Project on Government Oversight, Amazon met with officials from U.S. Immigration
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Amazon is under fire for selling facial recognition tools to cops

Amazon has some explaining to do. The online retail giant has been caught providing facial recognition technology to law enforcement in Oregon and Orlando, according to documents obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union through a Freedom of
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Eyes to the front camera: Chinese facial recognition tech targets inattentive students

Surely at one point or another you've been caught daydreaming at school, but in future it might not be a teacher catching you first. In China, the Hangzhou No. 11 Middle School is trialling a smart classroom behaviour management system which uses