China Is the Biggest Face Recognition Tech Exporter, Followed by the US
(Tech Times, Jan 24, 2023)
French Privacy Chief Warns Against Using Facial Recognition for 2024 Olympics
(Politico, Jan 24, 2023)
Privacy Litigation 2022 Year In Review: Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA)
(Mondaq, Jan 24, 2023)
In 2022, at least 90 court rulings referenced BIPA, a rise from the 74 rulings in 2021. Although there were no substantive decisions issued from any United States Court of Appeals, federal district courts issued 85 rulings. Illinois issued the most federal decisions, but we saw an increase in federal court decisions outside of that state, with five from Washington, one from Wisconsin, one from New York, one from Florida, one from Alabama, and three from California. The range of BIPA settlement amounts broadened in 2022. Final class-wide settlements were approved in the range of $250,000 to $100 million, an expansion from the 2021 range of $1.6 million to $10 million. Notably, the first BIPA privacy class action trial resulted in a $228 million jury verdict.
AI versus Identity Attacks: Deep Learning Software Bolsters Digital Fingerprinting
(AIthority, Jan 24, 2023)
Qatar National Bank Rolls Out Contactless Biometric Payments
(NFCW, Jan 24, 2023)
Customers of Qatar National Bank (QNB) can now authenticate contactless payments for purchases at merchants in Qatar using their face and without needing to use a physical payment card or smartphone. QNB is the first bank in Qatar to roll out biometric payments using facial recognition technology, which it says “will be helping merchants in Qatar to offer customers the simplicity, convenience and security of facial biometric payments”. Users can sign up for the service by registering their face with a selfie and linking it to their chosen card or by scanning a QR code at a participating retail outlet. “The technology enables customers to authenticate payments for goods and services through facial verification, without a physical card or mobile phone after initial enrolment,” QNB explains.
Researchers Used Facial Recognition Technology to Identify a Long Lost Painting By Raphael
(Artnet, Jan 24, 2023)
There appears to be a new painting by the Italian Renaissance great Raphael, and we have an unusual source to thank: facial recognition technology. Based on the close similarities of the face of the Madonna in the previously unattributed de Brécy Tondo and Raphael’s Sistine Madonna, a research team from the University of Nottingham and University of Bradford, both in the U.K., has determined that there is a 97 percent chance that the mysterious round painting, studied by scholars and art historians for decades, is the work of the famed Old Master, reports the BBC. Researchers compared the two works using an artificial intelligence facial recognition system that University of Bradford professor of visual computing Hassan Ugail began developing in 2002.