Speed Read

South Wales Police Scrap Facial Recognition For Swansea City V Cardiff City But Bubble And Covid Pass Restrictions In Place (Wales Online, Oct 12, 2021)
South Wales Police have confirmed that facial recognition technology will not be used at this weekend's South Wales derby. However, the match will still be subject to restrictions, with the derby remaining a 'bubble' fixture. Fans are set to return to Welsh football's biggest fixture for the first time since January 2020 at the Swansea.com Stadium on Sunday, and Cardiff City fans will once again only be able to attend by travelling on designated coaches. Pick-up points can be chosen by fans upon purchase of their ticket.

Ban UK Police Use Of Facial-recognition, House Of Lords Told (Computer Weekly, Oct 12, 2021)
UK police continue to deploy facial-recognition technology disproportionately with no clear legal basis and highly questionable efficacy, according to expert witnesses at a House of Lords inquiry. In evidence given to the Lords Home Affairs and Justice Committee about the use of advanced algorithmic tools by law enforcement, experts called into question the proportionality and efficacy of how facial-recognition technology has been deployed by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) and South Wales Police (SWP).

Bill Of Rights: The US Wants To Set The Law For Artificial Intelligence (Tech HQ, Oct 12, 2021)
This year has so far been an important inflection point for artificial intelligence (AI) law. Within the first few months of 2021 alone, government bodies — including US financial regulators, the US Federal Trade Commission, and the European Commission — have announced guidelines or policies for regulating AI. Now, top science advisers to President Joe Biden are urging for a new “bill of rights” to guard against powerful new AI technology. In fact, The White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy last Friday, launched a fact-finding mission to look at facial recognition and other biometric tools used to identify people or assess their emotional or mental states and character. If anything, it reflects how the regulation of AI is rapidly evolving.

Europe Wants to Ban Facial Recognition—Take Note, America (Gizmodo, Oct 12, 2021)
The European Parliament has called for EU lawmakers to institute a ban on law enforcement’s use of facial recognition, as well as other surveillance tools commonly used in the course of algorithm-driven predictive policing. MEPs recently introduced and subsequently voted in favor of a measure that calls for a “permanent ban” on a variety of “automated analysis and/or recognition” technologies by “police and judicial authorities in criminal matters.” In this scenario, law enforcement agencies would be prohibited from conducting biometric surveillance in public spaces—and a moratorium would be placed on tech that scoops up personal data via stuff like “gait, fingerprints, DNA, voice, and other biometric and behavioural signals.” The measure also suggests the banning of facial recognition databases operated by private companies—a stipulation that would seriously hamper companies like dystopian creepster Clearview AI from operating within the EU’s borders.

How Gambling Operators Can Protect Themselves Against Fraud, Cheats And Financial Crime (Casino City, Oct 12, 2021)
Stakeholders in the gambling sector are up against it. Increasing regulation, evolving cyber threats, online attacks, and consumers trying to beat the systems. But with the online gambling sector booming, it’s about finding solutions to these issues. Thankfully, there are a variety of steps you can take to keep your business safe. From vetting to artificial intelligence and being sure to partner with only the most reputable service providers, these are measures you should integrate into your business planning.

Envoy Air Argues Bargaining Agreements Bar Biometric Claims (Bloomberg Law, Oct 12, 2021)
A proposed biometric privacy class action against an American Airlines Group Inc. subsidiary should be dismissed because the ex-workers’ collective bargaining agreements bar those claims, the company is arguing in Illinois federal court. The collective bargaining agreements apply retroactively to November 2015, meaning the Biometric Information Privacy Act claims are barred, Envoy Air Inc. argued in a motion to dismiss filed Thursday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Attorneys representing plaintiffs Maysoun Abudayyeh and Chelsea Burrow didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Abudayyeh sued Envoy in state court in December, accusing her former ...

Litigation Update on Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act (JD Supra, Oct 12, 2021)
Earlier this year, we reported on the potential breeding ground for litigation under Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act (“BIPA”). A recent decision from an Illinois state appellate panel on the different limitations periods that apply to BIPA provides guidance for companies faced with a BIPA lawsuit and the arguments they can make on a motion to dismiss. In Tims et al. v. Black Horse Carriers, Inc., plaintiff Tims, defendant’s former employee, brought a class action lawsuit against Black Horse Carriers, Inc. under BIPA, alleging defendant violated sections 15(a), (b), and (d) of BIPA when it used fingerprint scanning in its employee timekeeping. Black Horse Carriers moved to dismiss, arguing that the complaint was filed outside the one-year limitation period of section 13-201 of the Illinois Code of Civil Procedure, which applies a one-year limitation period for “[a]ctions for slander, libel or for publication of matter violating the right of privacy.” Tims argued that the five-year limitation period in section 13-205 for “all civil actions not otherwise provided for” of the Code applies because section 13-201 only governs privacy claims with a publication element.


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