A young woman in eastern China found her life turned upside down when plastic surgery altered her appearance so drastically she was banned from online payment gateways and unable to sign in to work. The woman, who was identified only by the pseudonym Huan Huan, told her local television station on the weekend that her troubles had begun a month before when she had cosmetic surgery on her nose. The change in her appearance was too much for China's widely used facial recognition software, which was no longer able to identify Huan Huan, 21, from Wenzhou in Zhejiang province. Speaking on Wenzhou City Television, Huan said she discovered she had been logged out of the online shopping and payment gateways she used because the secure identification process, backed by facial recognition technology, simply did not know who she was. Huan said her work was also affected as she could no longer sign in and off work by scanning her face. Checking in to hotels and boarding high-speed trains had … [Read more...] about Facial recognition technology in China beaten by a nose job
Facial recognition ethical issues
SAN FRANCISCO - Facebook on Tuesday said facial recognition technology applied to photos at the social network will be an opt-in feature. The change that began rolling out to users around the world came as the leading social network remains under pressure to better protect privacy and user data, including biometric information. Nearly 2 years ago, Facebook introduced a face recognition feature that went beyond suggesting friends to tag in pictures or videos but could let user know when they were in images they had permission to see elsewhere on the service. Facebook is doing away with a "tag" suggestion setting in favor of an overall facial recognition setting which will be off by default, according to a post by artificial intelligence applied research lead Srinivas Narayanan. "Facebook's face recognition technology still does not recognize you to strangers," Narayanan said. "We don't share your face recognition information with third parties. We also don't sell our technology." People … [Read more...] about Facial recognition becomes opt-in feature at Facebook
Facial recognition: What's in a face? (Agence France-Presse) - July 5, 2019 - 10:26am PARIS, France — Supporters of the technology argue that facial recognition systems can help police fight crime and make the streets safer. Rights groups have raised concerns because of the technology's reliance on huge databases with little oversight and potential for error. Facial recognition is a biometric technology used to authenticate or identify an individual from a photograph or a facial image. — AFP/Jonathan Renaud De La Faverie and Jonathan Storey … [Read more...] about Facial recognition: What’s in a face?
Facial recognition has inserted itself into our everyday lives — most notably through Face ID on our iPhones, as well as security systems at immigration checkpoints around the world. As a concept, biometric identification is a not-so-futuristic notion that has long been explored in films, books, and television. Essentially, it involves using your own biological (and sometimes behavioural, or physiological) features to confirm identity: think voice identification, fingerprint and retina scanning, and of course, full facial recognition. In Minority Report, Tom Cruise famously gets a pair of black market eyeballs to replace his own peepers. Many science fiction movies use biometric identification to enforce power and order: think Robocop, Judge Dredd, various Terminators, District 9, and even The Fifth Element — all of which showed how law enforcement uses DNA-encoded weapons, facial scanning and matching, and other types of biological or behavioural identification. Even as … [Read more...] about Facial recognition tech is creepy, convenient, and here to stay
SAN FRANCISCO: San Francisco on Tuesday became the first US city to ban use of facial recognition technology by police or other government agencies. Backers of the legislation argued that using software and cameras to positively identify people is, as city councillor Aaron Peskin put it, “not ready for prime time”. All but one of the nine members of San Francisco’s board of supervisors endorsed the legislation, which will be voted on again next week in a procedural step not expected to change the outcome. “The propensity for facial recognition technology to endanger civil rights and civil liberties substantially outweighs its purported benefits, and the technology will exacerbate racial injustice and threaten our ability to live free of continuous government monitoring,“ read the legislation passed Tuesday. The ban was part of broader legislation setting use and auditing policy for surveillance systems, creating high hurdles and requiring board approval … [Read more...] about San Francisco bans facial recognition use by police