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Samsung May Be Working On Dual-UDC Facial Recognition Tech (Android Headlines, Sep 23, 2022)

Samsung may be working on a new type of facial recognition system for smartphones. A newly discovered patent application from the company describes a dual-UDC (under-display camera) technology that uses two hidden cameras to scan your face from two different angles. This approach should make facial recognition on smartphones more secure and accurate. Samsung filed this patent application with the KIPRIS (Korea Intellectual Property Rights Information Service) back in March 2021. It was published this Thursday and spotted by Dutch publication GalaxyClub. “According to various embodiments, … multiple cameras are included … multiple images about the user is obtained … the final image is obtained among the images … to perform the authentication about the user…,” the patent description explains.


 

The thing most people fear about facial recognition spreading from China (Biometric Update, Sep 23, 2022)

The dark side of facial recognition, long warned about by privacy and human rights advocates, is growing in starker relief. The latest controversy involves Iran, but China is exporting its surveillance products and prowess. Iran, a fundamentalist theocracy, is using algorithms to identify and arrest women who do not wear a head-covering hijab and anyone protesting strict new edicts requiring women to wear hijabs, according to Thompson Reuters Foundation. The Guardian has reported that the government’s Headquarters for Promoting Virtue and Preventing Vice is particularly monitoring the cameras in the country’s public transportation system. A young woman from the rural northwest of Iran reportedly was arrested in the capital, Tehran, last week for shunning a headscarf.

 


 

Onfido Introduces Motion, the “Next-Gen” of Facial Biometric Tech, Improving Verification Speed (Crowdfund Insider, Sep 23, 2022)

Onfido, the global digital identity verification and authentication provider, unveiled Motion, a next generation biometric liveness solution “to enhance its Real Identity Platform, launched in May.” Motion aims to “deliver seamless, secure, and inclusive customer verification and is iBeta Level 2 certified.” With a simple head-turn capture, businesses can “automate customer onboarding, assess more customers, more quickly and efficiently while significantly reducing their fraud exposure.” Identity fraud has “risen 43% year-over-year with sophisticated fraud increasing 57% as criminals employed smarter tactics, utilizing realistic 2D/3D masks and deploying display attacks (for example, showing a picture of person on a screen) to try to spoof verification systems.” And with 9 out of 10 consumers “comfortable accessing digital services, the opportunities for fraudsters are increasing.”


 

SPID Digital Identity for Businesses: The Benefits and Opportunities (Doxee, Sep 23, 2022)

Italy’s Sistema Pubblico di Identità Digitale is its Public Digital Identity System, known as SPID. We have been familiarizing ourselves with this tool for some time now, with a major acceleration in the most dramatic months of the pandemic emergency that, fortunately, are behind us. As a result, we have all had the opportunity to experience the advantages of SPID, which extend far beyond the requirements of the emergency period. But the benefits of SPID aren’t just for individuals and individuals. In fact, those benefits also extend to the digital identity of the business system, for organizations of every size: the benefits and opportunities are available for both large companies as well as small start-ups. Also, beware: this is a hot topic, and there are frequent legislative updates on the subject. And it’s not just a matter of national regulations. In fact, we always have to consider the broader context of European Union legislation, which is increasingly integrating and gaining strength.


 

Will Facial Recognition Affect Street Photography? (PhotoFocus, Sep 23, 2022)

The premise of anonymity is among the things that allow street photographers to do their craft freely amidst GDPR laws. In a nutshell, they can photograph people as long as their subjects retain adequate anonymity and privacy. But, with technological advancements such as facial recognition, is it still the case with street photography? How can this controversial technology potentially affect our freedom to photograph people or include people in our street photos? As always, Jamie Windsor asks the right questions and opens the most interesting discussions in his latest video. First, he reminds us of the current rules when it comes to street portraits and people in street photos. As long as you keep the person anonymous — i.e. don’t mention their name and other pertinent personal information — you should be fine.




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