Speed Read

I’m a Congressman Who Codes. A.I. Freaks Me Out. (The Ney York Times, Jan 23, 2023)
Imagine a world where autonomous weapons roam the streets, decisions about your life are made by AI systems that perpetuate societal biases and hackers use AI to launch devastating cyberattacks. This dystopian future may sound like science fiction, but the truth is that without proper regulations for the development and deployment of Artificial Intelligence (AI), it could become a reality. The rapid advancements in AI technology have made it clear that the time to act is now to ensure that AI is used in ways that are safe, ethical and beneficial for society. Failure to do so could lead to a future where the risks of AI far outweigh its benefits.
 

Navigating the US Data Privacy Landscape in 2023 (Security Magazine, Jan 23, 2023)

Personal privacy is increasingly viewed as a global human right. In fact, by 2024, it is anticipated that 75% of the worldwide population will be protected by modern data privacy regulations. Unfortunately, the United States is playing catch-up in the data privacy space compared to our neighbors in the European Union and the United Kingdom. The good news is that data privacy is becoming more strictly regulated in the U.S., and enforcement is improving across highly-regulated industries like finance and healthcare. As a result of the new legislation, organizations may need to comply with a growing patchwork of new U.S. state regulations in 2023. Similarly, a new federal data privacy law, the American Data Privacy and Protection Act (ADPPA), has been introduced in the U.S. Congress, and it could eventually supersede existing state legislation. Key elements of the pending and proposed legislation are explored in greater detail below. But first, let’s explore where data privacy stands today.


 

‘They Will Run It Through Facial Recognition Software’ (AtlantaBlackStar, Jan 23, 2023)

The NYPD is stealing some of Drake’s thunder after his much-anticipated concert at Harlem’s famed Apollo Theater over the weekend. A heavy police presence crowding the doors saw a single officer recording concertgoers as they left the theater, prompting privacy and facial recognition concerns. “NYPD videorecording every person leaving the Drake Apollo show,” someone on Twitter quote tweeted before adding, “And they will run it through facial recognition software. Another good reason to wear a mask.”


 

Letters: Facial Recognition Technology Carries Significant Risks (ChicagoTribune, Jan 23, 2023)
In his op-ed, Sheldon Jacobson (“Facial recognition will transform airport security checkpoints,” Jan. 13) describes a proposal for increased use of facial recognition technology in airports as a “model” and “game changer.” He forgot one other description — dystopian. Indeed, the professor neglects to acknowledge the serious shortcomings of facial recognition technology. The Transportation Security Administration — created in the wake of the 9/11 attacks — has been testing the increased use of facial recognition technology as part of security screenings at a number of airports across the country.
 

How to Stop Facial Recognition Cameras From Monitoring Your Every Move (FoxNews, Jan 23, 2023)
As was the case for New Jersey native Kelly Conlan. Conlan was just passing through security at an event at Radio City Music Hall when security stopped her and refused to let her into a Rockettes show because their facial recognition software identified her as an attorney. Although not involved with the case, Conlan works for the same law firm that has been involved in a personal injury litigation against a restaurant owned by MSG Entertainment, which also owns Radio City Musical Hall. The company decided that all attorneys working for law firms engaged in litigation against them are banned "from attending events at our venues until that litigation has been resolved." More and more of these types of facial recognition incidents are happening nationwide. So what do you do? Well, one start-up may have the answer to how you can stop this from happening to you. The company is called Cap_able, and its mission is to create wearable fashion that will help you to make the choice of whether you want your face analyzed by facial recognition devices or not.


 

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