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Some US Airlines Are Testing Mandatory Facial Recognition Scans On Americans Flying Abroad

BY ANDREW CHEETHAM ON 24 JUNE 2017 GMT BIG BROTHER
https://www.davidicke.com/article/416953/us-airlines-testing-mandatory-facial-recognition-scans-americans-flying-abroad



Just when you thought air travel couldn’t get any more invasive, authoritarian and downright miserable, the Department of Homeland Security and two U.S. carriers are determined to prove you wrong.

Yesterday, Harrison Rudolph, a law fellow at the Center on Privacy & Technology at Georgetown Law, wrote a very troubling article at Slate titled, DHS Is Starting to Scan Americans’ Faces Before They Get on International Flights. Here’s some of what we learned:’

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Chilling face of the future: As train companies say they'll use facial recognition technology to replace tickets... how the technology could strike at our right to privacy

BY ANDREW CHEETHAM ON 7 AUGUST 2017 GMT
https://www.davidicke.com/article/422531/chilling-face-future-train-companies-say-theyll-use-facial-recognition-technology-replace-tickets-technology-strike-right-privacy



‘There are few sights more dispiriting than a long queue at ticket offices or machines when you’re rushing to catch a train. However, technology is now offering an ingenious solution.

A facial recognition system is being developed that uses two invisible, near-infrared lights flashing at high speed to help a single camera capture a 3-D image of a face in astonishing detail.

It will register the smallest details, down to tiny blemishes and wrinkles, and can recognise individuals even if they are wearing glasses or moving quickly along a platform. The image can then be checked against a customer database.

Such a system could potentially dispense with the need for tickets as passengers, their faces already scanned in a registration process, could pay by online account.’



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Arizona Citizens Tracked In Facial Recognition Database In First Step For REAL ID Implementation

https://www.activistpost.com/2017/12/arizona-citizens-tracked-in-facial-recognition-database-in-first-step-for-real-id-implementation.html




'Arizona citizens are now in a government database that uses facial recognition technology to track them simply for getting a driver’s license. This allows federal and local law enforcement to use the “perpetual lineup” of suspects not accused of a crime to see if someone is wanted for a crime, Arizona Capitol Times reported.

The state says that the program is to prevent identity theft and fraud. Here’s how it works according to Arizona Capitol Times.

After someone at the Motor Vehicle Division takes your photo, your face is scanned by a system based on a proprietary algorithm that analyzes facial features. The system compares your face against the 19 million photos in the state’s driver’s license database to look for similarities. If an image is similar enough, the system will flag it for further review.

The program is an effort that is part of a nationwide initiative called the REAL ID Act that was created by Congress in 2005 as a response to the September 11th terror attacks. The system allows the state to comply with the federal act, which increased standards for identification documents. Although the REAL ID Act does not explicitly call for facial recognition, it does maintain that states need to take measures to reduce fraud.'

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Warning: TSA Facial Recognition Plan Likely to Become Part of Growing Biometric Surveillance System

https://www.activistpost.com/2017/12/warning-tsa-facial-recognition-plan-likely-become-part-growing-biometric-surveillance-system.html


'The federal government plans to use a TSA program advertised as a way to avoid lines at airport security checkpoints to harvest photos and other biometric information that will ultimately end up in multiple federal databases.

The TSA touts its PreCheck program as a way to avoid the hassle of security screening. Members of the program do not have to remove shoes, laptops, liquids, belts and light jackets. But according to a report by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), the Department of Homeland Security has developed this program with a broader purpose in mind. PreCheck will facilitate the collection of face images and iris scans on a nationwide scale. Once that happens, this biometric data will almost certainly be widely shared with other federal agencies and even private corporations.

DHS’s programs will become a massive violation of privacy that could serve as a gateway to the collection of biometric data to identify and track every traveler at every airport and border crossing in the country.

The TSA currently collects fingerprints during the PreCheck application process. Over the summer, the agency ran a pilot program at the Atlanta Airport using fingerprints to verify passengers’ identities. According to the EFF, the TSA wants to roll out the program to airports across the country and expand it to include facial recognition, iris scans, and other biometric data.

This TSA will almost certainly share this information with other federal agencies, including the FBI.'


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Facial recognition technology hit by legal challenge on eve of new London trial
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/facial-recognition-uk-police-london-inaccurate-legal-challenge-judicial-review-trials-stratford-a8463541.html





'Legal action has been launched against the Metropolitan Police over its use of facial recognition on the eve of a new trial.

Baroness Jones and the campaign group Big Brother Watch have issued proceedings in the High Court after claiming that the technology breaches human rights and signals a “slippery slope towards an Orwellian society”.

They are seeking permission for a judicial review of Scotland Yard’s use of automatic facial recognition software, which was found to be returning “false positives” in 98 per cent of alerts earlier this year.

Britain’s largest force said images that do not generate a potential match with police databases are deleted immediately and confirmed that anyone refusing to be scanned “will not be viewed as suspicious” ahead of a fresh trial in Stratford on Thursday. Spam_A Spam_B The legal challenge, officially lodged against the home secretary, Sajid Javid, and the Metropolitan Police commissioner Cressida Dick, aims to stop police using the software.

It argues that the use of automatic facial recognition violates articles eight, 10 and 11 of the European Convention on Human Rights – guaranteeing the rights to private life, freedom of expression, assembly and association – and is neither proportionate nor necessary.

Silkie Carlo, director of Big Brother Watch, said it was subjecting “thousands of people in the area to highly sensitive identity checks without consent”.

“Facial recognition cameras are not only authoritarian, they’re dangerously inaccurate,” she added. “The use of this technology by the police risks taking us down a slippery slope towards an Orwellian society.”'



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Heathrow Airport plans to install facial recognition scanners so passengers can fly without having to show their passports
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6288625/Heathrow-Airport-install-facial-scanners-people-fly-without-having-passports.html





Passengers could soon fly from Heathrow without having to show their passport or boarding pass.

Britain’s busiest airport plans to install facial scanners at every point of departure in a £50 million project aimed at speeding up the traveller’s journey.

Heathrow, which claims average waiting could be cut by up to a third, eventually wants passengers to ‘walk through the airport without breaking their stride’.

The facial scanners will be based on the technology already used at e-passport gates. Spam_A Spam_B To use the system, passengers must download their passport details, including their photo, on a smartphone app.

The airport said: ‘Manual authentication means that passengers need to present different ID to different agents to show that they’re authorised to travel.

By offering passengers the option to use more instant facial recognition technology, they will have the choice to significantly reduce the amount of paper used.’

The system will be tested at Heathrow next summer. If successful, it will be launched across the airport in what is claimed to be the largest deployment of biometric technology in the world.

Sydney airport has tested a similar scheme. And facial recognition technology is already in use for people using Heathrow for domestic flights.'



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Hertz is Now Using Facial Recognition to Check Out Cars
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Hertz is Now Using Facial Recognition to Check Out Cars
http://www.nextgov.com/emerging-tech/2018/12/hertz-now-using-facial-recognition-check-out-cars/153479/





'Want to rent a car on your next trip? You may be getting your face scanned in order to do so.

Hertz car rental is partnering with startup Clear to deploy biometrics to speed up its car rental check-out process.

The technology is already in place at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and the company plans to expand to 40 more locations over the course of 2019. Hertz and Clear have named the partnership "Fast Lane."

Use of this technology won't be available for everyone, however. The facial recognition is being presented as a perk for those customers with a rewards account with Hertz. If they want to rent a car with "Fast Lane," they simply need to show their face at the biometrics kiosk placed near the exit to check out, which will then match it to their drivers' license and registration information. Spam_A Spam_B Hertz is promising that these customers will be finished with the entire process in 30 seconds or less. Though, to do all of that they will need to sign up for a Clear account beforehand.

“When you enroll you’re linking your identity to your fingerprint, your iris, your face. The ability to turn that on for Hertz in a plug and play way was simple," Caryn Seidman-Becker, CEO of Clear told Bloomberg News.

Clear is also responsible for some of the facial recognition check-ins that airports across the country are implementing. Of course Clear isn't alone in its embrace of facial recognition. Customs and Border Protection is also deploying facial recognition technology as part of the boarding process at some airports.'



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Taylor Swift fans mesmerized by rehearsal clips on a kiosk at her May 18th Rose Bowl show were unaware of one crucial detail: A facial-recognition camera inside the display was taking their photos. The images were being transferred to a Nashville “command post,” where they were cross-referenced with a database of hundreds of the pop star’s known stalkers, according to Mike Downing, chief security officer of Oak View Group, an advisory board for concert venues including Madison Square Garden and the Forum in L.A. “Everybody who went by would stop and stare at it, and the software would start working,” says Downing, who attended the concert to witness a demo of the system as a guest of the company that manufactures the kiosks.



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Re: Facial Recognition :London police will target Xmas Shoppers
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London police will be using facial recognition cameras on Christmas shoppers in Soho and Piccadilly Circus
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6498213/London-police-using-facial-recognition-cameras-Christmas-shoppers.html





'Scotland Yard is to train facial recognition cameras on Christmas shoppers for the first time.

A mobile deployment of the controversial surveillance software will include covering areas in the vicinity of Soho, Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square and will be used 'overtly', the Met said, with a uniformed presence and information leaflets available to the public.

But privacy campaigners have labelled the technology 'authoritarian'.

Met Police said the test would run for around eight hours on each day, and all faces on the database used during the deployment are people wanted by police and the courts.

Members of the public could decline to be scanned, The Met confirmed.

Ivan Balhatchet, strategic lead for live facial technology for the Metropolitan Police Service said: 'The Met is currently developing the use of live facial recognition technology and we have committed to 10 trials during the coming months. We are now coming to the end of our trials when a full evaluation will be completed.

'We continue to engage with many different stakeholders, some who actively challenge our use of this technology. In order to show transparency and continue constructive debate, we have invited individuals and groups with varying views on our use of facial recognition technology to this deployment.''

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Ready for Big Brother? Americans increasingly accept unrestricted facial recognition technology
https://www.rt.com/usa/448337-americans-accept-biometric-surveillance/?utm_source=browser&utm_medium=aplication_chrome&utm_campaign=chrome





'Americans are increasingly embracing Big Brother, according to a recent survey that found only one in four want restrictions on the use of facial recognition technology by governments – a marked change from two months ago.

Just one in four Americans want strict government limits on the use of biometric technology – with opposition shrinking further if such technology would help law enforcement, reduce shoplifting, or speed up security screenings at the airport, according to a national poll conducted last month by the Center for Data Innovation. Opposition to biometric surveillance decreases with age, and women are more accepting of the technology than men, the poll results show.

Half of respondents oppose restrictions on biometric tech if the scanners are used to stop shoplifting. Just three months earlier, half of Americans were still against facial recognition for theft prevention purposes, according to the Brookings Institute. Only a quarter of them would oppose retail use now.

What changed? Have Americans chosen convenience over dignity? Biometrics executives put their heads together in November to figure out how to sell biometric surveillance to the citizens, worried about numbers that revealed as many as half of Americans opposed use of the tech in the retail sector and believed law enforcement’s use of the technology should be strictly limited. But only three percent of the population were “vocally opposed,” even then – meaning everyone else could be convinced to stop worrying and love Big Brother.

Almost two-thirds of respondents support the use of biometrics when the software is right 100 percent of the time, but that number drops to 39 percent if the results are incorrect for one out of five scans. Perhaps unsurprisingly, coverage of the government’s adoption of biometric surveillance has focused on its accuracy: US Customs and Border Protection has caught 26 “imposters” in airports using the technology, and stories of Chinese authorities catching fugitives in the middle of large concerts using biometric tech paint a picture of an accurate – if dystopian – crime-fighting tool.'

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U.S. Government Using Amazon’s Facial Recognition Technology
http://www.activistpost.com/2019/01/u-s-government-using-amazons-facial-recognition-technology.html





'Activist Post Editor’s Note: Despite the many warnings about the increased privacy invasion from this technology, as well as evidence showing that it is far from 100% accurate, Americans appear to be choosing perceived security (and convenience) over liberty. According to a recent survey from the Center for Data Innovation, only 1 in 4 Americans is at all concerned about government facial recognition tech, and that number is even lower when it specifically addresses law enforcement. Spam_A Spam_B The survey also indicates Americans are more likely to support any apparent tradeoff to their own privacy caused by facial recognition technology if it benefits law enforcement, reduces shoplifting or speeds up airport security lines. (Source: NextGov)

Nevertheless, we will continue educating as many people as possible about the dangerous trend toward biometric identification in all areas of society.

In the following video, Dan King from Young Voices gives the low down on the U.S. government using Amazon’s facial recognition technology. Where do they get their data from? Who else uses this type of technology? Have we entered an Orwellian era of Big Government?













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Future A.I. Won’t Need Facial Recognition to Identify Individuals in a Crowd: Claim
http://www.activistpost.com/2019/01/future-a-i-wont-need-facial-recognition-to-identify-individuals-in-a-crowd-claim.html





'People of the future will apparently be no more significant than zebrafish and flies, according to new studies in tracking and surveillance being conducted on those species.

As Activist Post has reported many times, current artificial intelligence systems that are increasingly being added to CCTV cameras and other biometric sensors around the world to ID people’s faces are not performing nearly to the standard that should be required for police work. It appears that at least one group of researchers has acknowledged this and is pursuing more efficient and accurate ways to corral the public. Defense One reports:

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Dubbed idtracker.ai, their approach uses a convolutional neural network, or CNN, a method of deep learning that mimics, somewhat, the way human and other mammal brains make sense of the world around them. The brain’s cortex divides the visual field the way a map is divided into grids. Cell groups in the cortex overlap in the portion of the visual field that they “see,” enabling the brain to track objects across the entire field, from one grid to the next. CNNs play a big role in many facial recognition programs, but there is less research applying the technique to video of moving objects.

Rather than apply the neural network to a face, dividing it up into regions, the researchers applied it to the collective behavior of groups of zebrafish and flies. They showed that the network could teach itself to recognize individuals by their movements. They were above 99 percent accuracy for both zebrafish and flies.

Could you apply it to humans as easily? They describe the technique as “species agnostic,” so yes.


So, if you are one who believes that we are nothing more than our movement patterns, just replace yourself with one of the numbered smears from this video and imagine…













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Police stop people for covering their faces from facial recognition camera then fine man £90 after he protested
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/facial-recognition-cameras-technology-london-trial-met-police-face-cover-man-fined-a8756936.html


'A man has been arrested after refusing to be scanned by controversial facial recognition cameras being trialled by the Metropolitan Police.

The force had put out a statement saying “anyone who declines to be scanned will not necessarily be viewed as suspicious”. However, witnesses said the man was stopped after pulling his jumper over his face.

Campaign group Big Brother Watch said the man had seen placards warning members of the public that automatic facial recognition cameras were filming them from a parked police van. “He simply pulled up the top of his jumper over the bottom of his face, put his head down and walked past,” said director Silkie Carlo.

“There was nothing suspicious about him, he was a white working-class east Londoner … you have the right to avoid [the cameras], you have the right to cover your face. I think he was exercising his rights.”

Ms Carlo, who was monitoring Thursday’s trial in Romford, London, told The Independent she saw a plainclothed police officer follow the man before a group of officers “pulled him over to one side”.

She said they demanded to see the man’s identification, which he gave them, and became “accusatory and aggressive”.

“The guy told them to piss off and then they gave him the £90 public order fine for swearing,” Ms Carlo added. “He was really angry.”'



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ALARM : CBP 'Scrambling' deploy Facial Recognition at US Airports
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Privacy Advocates Sound Alarm as CBP 'Scrambling' to Deploy Facial Recognition at Major US Airports
http://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/03/11/privacy-advocates-sound-alarm-cbp-scrambling-deploy-facial-recognition-major-us


'Privacy advocates raised alarm on Monday as documents revealed the U.S. government is "scrambling" to deploy a facial recognition program to screen international travelers at the nation's 20 busiest airports.

The 346 pages of government records—obtained by the nonprofit Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) and shared exclusively with BuzzFeed News—bolster mounting concerns among privacy advocates about sweeping, secretive government surveillance as well as the pitfalls of facial recognition technology. "Facial recognition is becoming normalized as an infrastructure for checkpoint control," said Jay Stanley, an ACLU senior policy analyst. "It's an extremely powerful surveillance technology that has the potential to do things never before done in human history. Yet the government is hurtling along a path towards its broad deployment—and in this case, a deployment that seems quite unjustified and unnecessary."

Stanley is just one of many privacy advocates critical of efforts by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)—a federal law enforcement agency under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)—to implement the "Biometric Entry-Exit System."

Through the program, according to three internal documents (pdfs) from DHS, "CBP will transform the way it identifies travelers by shifting the key to unlocking a traveler's record from biographic identifiers to biometric ones—primarily a traveler's face."'



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Facial Recognition Coming To Hotels, Making Check-In Easy But Creepier
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Facial Recognition Coming To Hotels, Making Check-In Easy But Creepier
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Alibaba has created the hotel of the future and it’s wild, wonderful, and just a little creepy. FlyZoo, which is reportedly a Chinese pun for “must stay,” is a 290-room ultra-modern boutique hotel in Hangzhou, China that lets guests play with technology, check in with ease, and spend the night in the future for a low price of around $205—and at the cost of your privacy.

Thanks to technology culled from across Alibaba’s vast network of companies, most notably Fliggy, Alibaba’s online travel platform, guests can immerse themselves in the crossroads of hospitality and technology. As Skift reports, it all starts with booking through an app, where guests can pick a floor and a view, exploring the minimalist room.











Check-in is a breeze, too, especially for Chinese guests who can use the app to scan their faces to expedite the process (for now foreign guests must use lobby kiosks). No need to pick up a key from the lobby, because the elevator will scan your face and take you to the correct floor, and your face will open the room door.

Once inside the room, requests for water, new towels, extra pillows, and more will be taken by Ask Genie, Alibaba’s Alexa-like assistant, and a three-foot tall robot will deliver the goods. Too hot? Too cold? Too many lights? Ask Genie to shut the curtains or crank up the heat.

Hungry guests can head to the hotel restaurant where a robotic bartender is mixing up drinks and food ordered via the FlyZoo app will be delivered by other robots. Forget your wallet? No problem: Face-scanning technology will send the charges straight to your room bill.

The hotel’s technology is impressive, because as Skift notes, Alibaba had a lot of tech to pull from: There’s Fliggy providing user experience design, Damo Academy for artificial intelligence, data analytics labs, and robotics, and Tmall Marketplace for marketing.'



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Re: Facial Recognition : Secretly filmed while you shop
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Secretly filmed while you shop: Some of Britain's biggest stores record their customers as Boots, Asda and B&Q commission an agency that claims it can use footage to 'manipulate' behaviour
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6947907/Secret-filming.html


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'Shoppers have been secretly filmed by big stores to try to make them spend more.

Tesco, Boots, Sainsbury’s and Co-op all commissioned SBXL, a little-known behavioural analysis agency, to record customers in their aisles.

SBXL boasts it can use the footage to ‘manipulate’ the emotions and behaviour of shoppers – and raise takings. The firm, which has also worked with L’Oreal, Coca-Cola, Nestle, Danone and Kellogg’s, said adequate signage was in place and consent was sought from customers.

However, the Information Commissioner’s Office said last night that it would examine the Daily Mail’s findings to check for breaches of data protection laws. Our undercover investigation also revealed that:
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 <li>Tesco’s sales apparently rose £106million in the 12 months after it commissioned SBXL to increase sales of treats for pets;</li>
 <li>Boots allowed the firm to use cameras to analyse how women apply make-up;</li>
 <li>Multinationals are using arms-length agencies for similar sales techniques to avoid breaching data laws;</li>
 <li>YouTube videos on SBXL’s public channel showed unsuspecting customers in B&Q, supermarkets and duty-free outlets;</li>
 <li>Footage which included children remained on the channel for eight years.</li>
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Some of the stores whose customers were filmed by SBXL also claim that appropriate signage was in place, or consent sought. However none has provided evidence to prove this.

Andy Bromley, the firm’s sales chief, showed a Mail undercover reporter footage taken in UK shops, telling her: ‘These people don’t know they’re being filmed.’

This is despite SBXL later insisting it had not carried out covert recording.

‘The Daily Mail’s investigation has highlighted concerns about the use of CCTV’, said Steve Eckersley, the ICO’s director of investigations. We will be examining the material provided and making appropriate enquiries.’'



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