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Austin PD won't disavow 'paramilitary' culture in its academy; Dallas cops caught using unauthorized facial recognition tech; police reform in Houston hits a dead end; and other stories

Here are a few odds and ends that merit Grits readers' attention while mine is focused elsewhere. Consultant: Austin PD still embraces 'paramilitary' culture Austin's police academy retains a "predominantly paramilitary model," consultants Kroll and Associates found, and their training staff lacks diversity. "For the most part, Kroll has found APD reluctant to incorporate a lot of community/civilian input and distrustful of non-police personnel." Changes so far sound largely cosmetic: "there is ...
Tags: Texas, Maryland, Law, Austin, New Jersey, Dallas, New Mexico, Houston, Gizmodo, Apd, Fort Worth, San Antonio, Tarrant County, Lone Star State, Gutierrez, River Oaks


US Homeland Security sued for 'stonewalling' over use of Clearview facial recognition

Potential surveillance nightmare could be unfolding in secret, civil-rights warriors fear The US Department of Homeland Security and its law enforcement agencies – Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and Customs and Border Protection – have been sued for failing to respond to Freedom of Information Act requests about their use of Clearview AI’s facial-recognition technology.…
Tags: Software, US Department of Homeland Security, US Homeland Security, ClearView, Customs Enforcement and Customs, Clearview AI


Dallas Police Used Face Recognition Software Without Authorization, Installed on Personal Phones

Dallas police officers used unauthorized facial recognition software to conduct between 500 and 1,000 searches in attempts to identify people based on photographs. A Dallas Police spokesperson says the searches were never authorized by the department, and that in some cases, officers had installed facial recognition…Read more...
Tags: Face, Learning, Dallas Police Department, Clearview, Face Id, Surveillance, Mass Surveillance, Melinda Gutierrez, Technology Internet, Articles, Facial Recognition Software, Hoan Ton That, Clearview Ai, Hyper Surveillance, Eric Johnson, Buzzfeed


Report: Clearview AI's Facial Recognition Has Been Used by Over 1,800 Public Agencies

A new series of reports from BuzzFeed News shows the wide net cast by shadowy surveillance firm Clearview AI. Individuals at 1,803 public agencies—many of which are police departments—have used its facial recognition software at some point over recent years, according to data reviewed by the news outlet. Read more...
Tags: Science, Learning, Buzzfeed, Immigration, Articles, Surveillance, Law Enforcement, National Security, Mass Surveillance, BuzzFeed News, Customs Enforcement, Facial Recognition Software, ClearView, Crime Prevention, Clearview AI, Facial recognition system


Right-Wing 'Troll' Chuck Johnson Claims He Cofounded Facial Recognition Giant Clearview AI

Chuck Johnson, the conservative activist, writer, and founder of several failed web platforms, is known to swim in a cesspool of right-wing drama. The 32-year-old allegedly played a role in former President Trump’s transition team, has connections to Breitbart and Matt Gaetz, and has long enjoyed the role of far-right…Read more...
Tags: Science, Finance, Articles, Peter Thiel, Chuck Johnson, Mass Surveillance, Trump, Breitbart, Richard Spencer, Facial Recognition Software, ClearView, Matt Gaetz, Business Finance, Businesspeople, Richard Schwartz, Clearview AI


"On the day the Capitol was stormed by pro-Trump rioters in January... his phone began to buzz with text messages and phone calls from friends and colleagues, predicting that Clearview AI would be critical..."

"... for identifying participants...  One of Ton-That’s salespeople called because a police officer wanted free access. 'I said we could because it was an emergency situation,' [said the chief executive of Clearview, Ton-That]. And in fact, the next day, the company saw a surge in searches from law enforcement. The F.B.I. wouldn’t discuss whether Clearview AI was being used for its investigation of the riot.... There had been a time when public opinion seemed set firmly against facial recognitio...
Tags: Technology, Privacy, Law, America, Computers, Trump, Capitol, ClearView, Ann Althouse, Clearview AI, the Trump resistance


Clearview AI Violates Californians' Privacy, Lawsuit Alleges

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Los Angeles Times: Clearview AI has amassed a database of more than 3 billion photos of individuals by scraping sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Google and Venmo. It's bigger than any other known facial-recognition database in the U.S., including the FBI's. The New York company uses algorithms to map the pictures it stockpiles, determining, for example, the distance between an individual's eyes to construct a "faceprint." This technology appeals to law en...
Tags: California, Tech, Fbi, Los Angeles Times, Facebook Twitter Google, ClearView, New York Company, Clearview AI, NorCal Resist


Lawsuit seeks to end Clearview AI’s operations in California

A month after Clearview AI was declared illegal in Canada, activists have filed a lawsuit seeking to stop the company’s operations in California. The complaint was filed on Tuesday by two immigrants’ rights groups and four individual political activists. They allege that Clearview has violated the privacy rights of Californians by scraping their photos and extracting their biometric data without gaining consent. The suit also argues that Clearview’s facial recognition tech facilitates government...
Tags: Startups, California, Canada, Insider, ClearView, Neural, Clearview AI


Facebook will pay $650 million to settle class action suit centered on Illinois privacy law

Facebook was ordered to pay $650 million Friday for running afoul of an Illinois law designed to protect the state’s residents from invasive privacy practices. That law, the Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA), is a powerful state measure that’s tripped up tech companies in recent years. The suit against Facebook was first filed in 2015, alleging that Facebook’s practice of tagging people in photos using facial recognition without their consent violated state law. 1.6 million Illinois resid...
Tags: Google, Amazon, TC, Facebook, Privacy, California, Government, Tech, Illinois, Ftc, Microsoft Google, ClearView, Microsoft Amazon, Facebook privacy, Biometric Data, BIPA


Canada: Privacy Commissioners Take Position On Using Facial Recognition Technology - Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP

In a joint investigation report, the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, together with the commissioners of BC, Alberta, and Quebec concluded that Clearview AI violated Canadians' privacy rights ...
Tags: News, Canada, Quebec, Alberta, Clearview AI


Clearview AI Thinks The Solution to Dating Is Facial Recognition

Clearview AI, now the byword for unchecked surveillance, has filed a wide-ranging patent application that envisions handing over the most reviled uses of facial recognition technology to just about anyone. The application proposes allowing users to submit a photo and instantly retrieve information including, but…Read more...
Tags: Security, Science, Learning, Articles, Surveillance, Law Enforcement, Facial Recognition, Mass Surveillance, Facial Recognition Software, ClearView, Crime Prevention, Clearview AI, Hoan Ton That, Facial recognition system


Minneapolis Bans City Cops From Using Face Recognition Tech

On Friday, the Minneapolis City Council approved a new ordinance that prevents the city from buying or using face recognition technology without specific permission. Local police immediately began whining about it. Read more...
Tags: Science, Learning, Articles, Surveillance, Law Enforcement, Mass Surveillance, Facial Recognition Software, Minneapolis City Council, Minneapolis Police Department, Video Surveillance, Medaria Arradondo, Clearview AI, Facial recognition system, Automatic Identification And Data Capture


Minneapolis bans its police department from using facial recognition software

Minneapolis voted Friday to ban the use of facial recognition software for its police department, growing the list of major cities that have implemented local restrictions on the controversial technology. After an ordinance on the ban was approved earlier this week, 13 members of the city council voted in favor of the ban with no opposition. The new ban will block the Minneapolis Police Department from using any facial recognition technology, including software by Clearview AI. That company sell...
Tags: TC, Minnesota, Minneapolis, Government, Boston, Tech, Surveillance, Portland, Portland Oregon, Facial Recognition, Hennepin County Sheriff s Office, ClearView, San Francisco Oakland, Minneapolis Police Department, Clearview AI, George Floyd


Sweden’s data watchdog slaps police for unlawful use of Clearview AI

Sweden’s data protection authority, the IMY, has fined the local police authority €250,000 ($300k+) for unlawful use of the controversial facial recognition software, Clearview AI, in breach of the country’s Criminal Data Act. As part of the enforcement the police must conduct further training and education of staff in order to avoid any future processing of personal data in breach of data protection rules and regulations. The authority has also been ordered to inform people whose personal data ...
Tags: TC, Europe, UK, Sweden, Privacy, US, Tech, Eu, European Union, Artificial Intelligence, New York Times, Commission, Illinois, Facial Recognition, Hamburg, Gdpr


Decrypted: A hacker attempted to poison Florida town’s water supply

Oldsmar is a small town in Florida that became the center of the cyber world this week when a hacker broke into its drinking water supply and tried to poison it. It’s the nightmare scenario that the security community has warned for years, one that could kill thousands by targeting the critical infrastructure that we all rely on. The hacker gained access to a computer at the water facility used for running remote control software TeamViewer, according to Reuters, and jacked up the levels of sodi...
Tags: Iphone, Android, Security, Florida, Government, Nbc News, America, Tech, Ransomware, Fbi, Robert Lee, Computer Security, Reuters, Bob Gualtieri, Gualtieri, Robert M Lee


Don't scrape the faces of our citizens for recognition, Canada tells Clearview AI – delete those images

Plus: Check if your Flickr photos are in facial recognition engines and and the list of NSFW words for AI Canada’s privacy watchdog has found Clearview AI in “clear violation” of the country’s privacy laws, and has told the facial-recognition startup to stop scraping images of Canadians and delete all existing photos it has on those citizens.…
Tags: Software, Canada, Don, ClearView, Clearview AI


Canada (politely) asks Clearview AI to stop scraping citizens’ photos

Clearview AI violated Canada’s privacy laws by scraping photos of citizens from the internet without permission, the country’s regulators announced on Tuesday. The controversial firm provides software to law enforcement agencies that can match photos of faces to a database of more than 3 billion images. Canada’s privacy watchdogs said this creates a risk of significant harm to the public. They noted that people whose images are captured in Clearview’s database could be misidentified or exposed t...
Tags: Startups, Canada, Insider, Daniel Therrien, ClearView, Neural, Clearview AI


Clearview AI Violated Canadian Privacy Law

sinij shares a report from CBC.ca: American technology firm Clearview AI violated Canadian privacy laws by collecting photos of Canadians without their knowledge or consent, an investigation by four of Canada's privacy commissioners has found. The report found that Clearview's technology created a significant risk to individuals by allowing law enforcement and companies to match photos against its database of more than three billion images, including Canadians and children. The commissioners c...
Tags: Tech, Canada, Cbc, Daniel Therrien, ClearView, Clearview AI


Clearview AI ruled ‘illegal’ by Canadian privacy authorities

Controversial facial recognition startup Clearview AI violated Canadian privacy laws when it collected photos of Canadians without their knowledge or permission, the country’s top privacy watchdog has ruled. The New York-based company made its splashy newspaper debut a year ago by claiming it had collected over 3 billion photos of people’s faces and touting its connections to law enforcement and police departments. But the startup has faced a slew of criticism for scraping social media sites als...
Tags: Facebook, New York, Tech, Canada, Illinois, Facebook LinkedIn, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Daniel Therrien, ClearView, Toronto Police Service, Clearview AI, Canada s Office of the Privacy Commissioner


Cybersecurity startup SpiderSilk raises $2.25M to help prevent data breaches

Dubai-based cybersecurity startup SpiderSilk has raised $2.25 million in a pre-Series A round, led by venture firms Global Ventures and STV. In the past two years, SpiderSilk has discovered some of the biggest data breaches: Blind, the allegedly anonymous social network that exposed private complaints by Silicon Valley employees; a lab leaked highly sensitive Samsung source code; an inadvertently public code repository revealed apps, code, and apartment building camera footage belonging to contr...
Tags: Security, Samsung, Tech, Vulnerability, Computing, Open Internet, Dubai, Silicon Valley, North America, Facial Recognition, Social Network, Data Security, Computer Security, General Partner, STV, ClearView


LA Police Commission approves facial recognition tech for LAPD detectives

The Los Angeles Police Commission on Tuesday, Jan. 12, approved new rules for LAPD’s use of a controversial facial recognition technology that allows detectives to compare photos of crime suspects to millions of L.A. County inmate mugshots. The practice has drawn fierce opposition from civil rights activists and privacy advocates. The new policy places some restrictions on how detectives can use the system. They can only use the database to help them in criminal investigations, and when they nee...
Tags: News, California, Police, Aclu Of Southern California, Sport, Soccer, Lapd, Southern California, Trump, Moore, Sheriff s Department, Capitol Building, Pacoima, Los Angeles Police Commission, County Sheriff s Department, LA Police Commission


Police Use of Clearview AI's Facial Recognition Tech Spiked After Capitol Raid

Clearview AI’s controversial facial-recognition app has seen a spike in use as police track down the pro-Trump insurgents who descended on the Capitol on Wednesday. With so many of those idiots snapping selfies and livestreaming the raid as if it was a school field trip, I’m surprised police even needed the help.Read more...
Tags: Google, Twitter, Science, Washington Dc, Facial Recognition, Face Recognition, Capitol, ClearView, Clearview AI, Capitol Riot


Massachusetts lawmakers vote to pass a statewide police ban on facial recognition

Massachusetts lawmakers have voted to pass a new police reform bill that will ban police departments and public agencies from using facial recognition technology across the state. The bill was passed by both the state’s House and Senate on Tuesday, a day after senior lawmakers announced an agreement that ended months of deadlock. The police reform bill also bans the use of chokeholds and rubber bullets, and limits the use of chemical agents like tear gas, and also allows police officers to inter...
Tags: Google, Minneapolis, Senate, Boston, Massachusetts, San Francisco, Tech, House, Portland, Portland Oregon, Illinois, Charlie Baker, Massachusetts Senate, Customs Enforcement ICE, Amazon Microsoft, Microsoft Amazon


Facial recognition, vehicle number plate identification: How Noida is ramping up street surveillance

Facial recognition enabled cameras, automatic vehicle number plate identification, and an entire city inundated with surveillance cameras — these are just a few ways in which Noida is planning to surveil its traffic, and commuters. The city administration — the Noida Authority — earlier this month, floated a tender to upgrade its traffic management system, which proposes to install close to 1,000 cameras across the city, which includes CCTV cameras, and separate number plate recognition cameras....
Tags: Travel, News, Privacy, India, Surveillance, Cctv, Facial Recognition, Bengaluru, Gurgaon, Indian Railways, Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Vadodara, Noida, CBSE, National Crime Records Bureau


The LAPD banned officers from using facial recognition technology which harvested images from social media by Clearview AI

Chris Wattie/Reuters The Los Angeles Police Department banned the use of commercial facial recognition software after being confronted about its officers' use of Clearview AI by BuzzFeed News, the outlet reported Tuesday. BuzzFeed News reported that it had inquired about documents showing that "25 LAPD employees had performed nearly 475 searches using Clearview AI," a controversial software that scrapes images from social media. The LAPD has previously misrepresented how widely it has use...
Tags: News, Law, Police, Boston, US, Trends, Surveillance, Law Enforcement, United States, Portland Oregon, Lapd, Facial Recognition Technology, Los Angeles Times, Policing, Business Insider, Los Angeles County


The LAPD banned officers from using commercial facial recognition technology after being confronted about its use of Clearview AI, a controversial software that harvested images from social media

Chris Wattie/Reuters The Los Angeles Police Department banned the use of commercial facial recognition software after being confronted about its officers' use of Clearview AI by BuzzFeed News, the outlet reported Tuesday. BuzzFeed News reported that it had inquired about documents showing that "25 LAPD employees had performed nearly 475 searches using Clearview AI," a controversial software that scrapes images from social media. The LAPD has previously misrepresented how widely it has use...
Tags: News, Law, Police, Boston, US, Trends, Surveillance, Law Enforcement, United States, Portland Oregon, Lapd, Facial Recognition Technology, Los Angeles Times, Policing, Business Insider, Los Angeles County


The LAPD Just Banned Its Officers From Using Third-Party Facial Recognition Software

The Los Angeles Police Department issued a moratorium on the use of commercial facial recognition software on Tuesday, effectively ending a trial with dystopian software manufacturer Clearview AI that the department had long sought to downplay.Read more...
Tags: Science, Los Angeles Police Department, Facial Recognition Software, Clearview AI, Moratorium


Commerce Ministry’s external trade promoter wants to use facial recognition to track employees’ attendance

You are reading it here first: A trade fair body under the Ministry of Commerce wants its employees to mark their attendance using a biometric system, capable of both fingerprint verification, and facial recognition. The India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO), which manages the trade fair complex at Pragati Maidan in Delhi, on Wednesday floated a for procuring eight such devices, out of which five will be deployed at its main office in Delhi, and one each at its regional offices in Mumbai, ...
Tags: Travel, News, Privacy, India, Surveillance, Cctv, Delhi, Facial Recognition, Biometrics, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Indian Railways, Telangana, Ministry of Commerce, Commerce Ministry, Vadodara


Bangalore City railway station will soon have face recognition surveillance. It’s Orwellian and expensive

You are reading it here first: Soon, the Bangalore City railway station will be inundated with a myriad of CCTV cameras, all capable of carrying out facial recognition surveillance — at the rate of at least one hundred faces per second, according to a document released by the South Western Railways earlier this month. The surveillance system would be able to generate audio-visual alerts upon spotting a person in a “watchlist”, and display their complete profile and case history from a criminal...
Tags: Travel, News, Privacy, India, Surveillance, Facial Recognition, Bangalore, Indian Railways, Telangana, Vadodara, CBSE, National Crime Records Bureau, NCRB, BANGALORE CITY, Bill This, Joint Parliamentary Committee


CNET: Police Are Using Facial Recognition For Minor Crimes, 'Because They Can'

"Police often frame facial recognition as a necessary tool to solve the most heinous crimes, like terrorist attacks and violent assaults, but researchers have found that the technology is more frequently used for low-level offenses," reports CNET: In a recent court filing, the New York police department noted that it's turned to facial recognition in more than 22,000 cases in the last three years. "Even though the NYPD claims facial recognition is only used for serious crimes, the numbers tell ...
Tags: Florida, New York, Oregon, Tech, Miami, Cnet, Neill, ClearView, James O Neill, NBC Miami, Before Amazon, Albert Fox Cahn, Surveillance Technology Oversight Project, Clearview AI