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Amazon’s Plan to Scan Your Face Even Has Police Worried It’s Too Creepy, New Emails Show

Across the country, law enforcement agencies are teaming up with data firms to bring facial recognition to public spaces, including airports, schools, and even protests. Most of these efforts remain clouded in secrecy, but newly released documents from Oregon officials using Amazon’s facial recognition offer our clearest look yet into how cops and their tech partners are massaging the ugly truths of facial recognition, including frequent mismatches, its use on people not suspected of crimes, and how to sell the public on something so obviously creepy — a task even police aren’t sure they’re up to. Read More >>

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Chinese School Piloting Face-Recognition Software to Make Sure Students Pay Attention in Class

At least one school in China is trying out face recognition software that scans students’ faces to check if they’re paying attention in class, Epoch Times reports. Read More >>

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Future iPhones Could Scan the Veins Beneath Your Face, Apple Patent Suggests

Apple has been granted a patent, first filed in 2015, that could lead to huge enhancements in the iPhone’s biometric powers by using “pulsed radiation” to peer into users’ veins. A relatively recent wave of similar patents could point to a new sub-dermal standard in future generations of smartphones and wearables. Read More >>

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Facebook’s New Youth Portal Is a Way Better Resource for Adults

Today Facebook debuted its Youth Portal, a subsite featuring dozens of quick explainers on its privacy and data collection policies, as well as general tips for using social media. It’s actually a great resource for adults. The sections are concisely written, with cute emoji that sort of look like updated versions of Clippy—a reference surely none of the Youth will get. Read More >>

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Alexa and Siri Can Be Controlled Using Subliminal Messages Hidden in Music

A team of computer science students has embedded subliminal audio signals into music, allowing them to secretly seize control of devices that respond to voice commands. Read More >>

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Nike Patent Imagines Shoes With Tiny Treadmills Built Into the Soles

A recently published patent filed by Nike depicts a new “rotatable conveyor element” designed to help people put on their shoes. Essentially a tiny treadmill, the proposed device is a conveyer belt that’s embedded in a shoe’s insole and “configured to rotatably engage a body part of the wearer as the foot enters the space and draw the foot into the space,” according to the patent first spotted by Digital Trends. Read More >>

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Go Change Your Twitter Password Now

You need to change your Twitter password. Read More >>

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Companies in China Are Using Brain Sensors to Monitor Employees’ Emotions

Companies throughout China are using brainwave sensors to train workers and screen for mental fitness, South China Morning Post reports. More than a dozen factories are requiring workers to wear devices that use artificial intelligence to monitor their emotions. While officials say this saves money, the implications for workers are deeply troubling. Read More >>

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American Researchers Want to Use AI to ‘Predict’ When Crimes Are Gang-Related

Researchers in the US are using predictive artificial intelligence to help police officers classify crimes and determine whether they are gang-related. Read More >>

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Government Official Says It’s Too Expensive to Delete All the Mugshots of Innocent People in Police Databases

In 2012, a High Court ruling found that keeping the mugshots of innocent people in police databases was unlawful. But almost six years later, the Home Office has defended the continued retention of such images, saying, basically, the problem is too expensive to fix. Read More >>

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Judge Clears Way for Major Class Action Suit Against Facebook Over Face Recognition

A US judge ruled last week that a class action lawsuit against Facebook over the company’s face recognition practices, with potentially millions of plaintiffs, can move forward to trial. Read More >>

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US Company Embedded a ‘Social-Psychological’ Experiment in Students’ Educational Software

Education and publishing giant Pearson is drawing criticism after using its software to experiment on over 9,000 mathematics and computer science students across America. In a paper presented Wednesday at the American Association of Educational Research, Pearson researchers revealed that they tested the effects of encouraging messages on students that used the MyLab Programming educational software during 2017's spring semester. Read More >>

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Report: Amazon’s British Warehouse Workers ‘Peed in Bottles’ to Avoid Punishment for Lost Time

According to troubling new allegations, workers in Amazon’s UK warehouses pee in bottles to avoid being penalised for taking bathroom breaks. The claims come from author and investigator Jared Bloodworth, who says he worked undercover as a warehouse worker for six months while writing a new book about low-wage work in the UK. Read More >>

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Singapore Plans to Test Lampposts Equipped With Face Recognition Surveillance Cameras 

Last year, Singapore announced that it wants to turn every lamppost in the country, around 110,000 in total, into a wireless sensor network. And seeming to confirm the worst fears of privacy advocates, Singapore now says it plans to test cameras capable of facial recognition as part of its pilot program. Read More >>

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Durham Police Bought Marketing Data to Help Profile Criminal Suspects

>Police in Durham are partnering with credit reporting agencies to predict whether criminals will reoffend, a report from civil liberties group Big Brother Watch has uncovered. Read More >>