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UK Police Plan Nationwide Rollout of NEC Facial Recognition on Mobile Phones (Biometric Update, Nov 20, 2023)
The facial recognition app was deployed at least 42 times by South Wales Police, leading to 20 arrests. The app failed to find a match on 16 occasions, four searches were abandoned and two others were marked incomplete. The app also helped police identify one missing person and two dead bodies, the Daily Mail reports.

The Creepy AI-Driven Surveillance That May Be Infiltrating Your Workplace (Business Insider, Nov 20, 2023)
According to a wave of new startups, the answer to all of the above is a resounding yes. A raft of companies is trying to sell the idea that emotion artificial intelligence can pick up on subtle facial movements that we aren't even aware we're making, use those minuscule twitches to determine what we're feeling, and then turn those private feelings into quantifiable data. EAI, the developers claim, can pick apart the differences between emotions such as happiness, confusion, anger, and even sentimentality. In theory, this tech makes it possible for a computer to know our emotions — even if we don't know them ourselves.

Testing the Waters: OpenChat To Experiment with Facial Recognition in Blockchain (BITCOINIST, Nov 19, 2023)
The innovative chat application operating on the revolutionary Internet Computer blockchain acknowledges the imperative to authenticate users and deter the proliferation of multiple profiles by launching a cutting-edge facial recognition technology. OpenChat co-founder Matt Grogan emphasizes the app’s goal of attaining “proof of unique humanity.” He acknowledges the simplicity of proving one’s humanity but underscores the greater challenge of verifying individual uniqueness.

The Ethical Implications of Facial Recognition Technology (Medium, Nov 19, 2023)
One of the main ethical issues of facial recognition technology is that it is often used without the consent or notification of the people whose faces are scanned and stored. This violates the principle of respect for autonomy, which means that people have the right to decide how their personal information is used and shared. Moreover, many people are unaware of how facial recognition technology works, what data is collected, and how it is used and by whom. This violates the principle of transparency, which means that people have the right to know and understand the processes and purposes of data collection and use.

TSA Installs New Facial Recognition Security at Syracuse, Albany Airports (WSYR, Nov 17, 2023)
“These new units are valuable because they enhance detection capabilities for identifying fraudulent IDs such as driver’s licenses and passports at a checkpoint and it increases efficiency by automatically verifying a passenger’s identification,” said Bart R. Johnson, TSA’s Federal Security Director for Upstate New York. “We are fortunate to have these units installed ahead of the busy holiday travel period. This helps ensure that we know who is boarding flights. The system also confirms the passenger’s flight status by verifying that the individual is ticketed to fly out of that airport on that day.”


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