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Technology Facebook built a facial recognition app that identified employees

21:45  24 november  2019
21:45  24 november  2019 Source:   engadget.com

Jeff Bezos says Amazon is developing facial recognition regulations

  Jeff Bezos says Amazon is developing facial recognition regulations Amazon is crafting a set of proposed regulations to govern the use of facial recognition technology, company CEO Jeff Bezos said on Wednesday. © Andrej Sokolow/picture alliance/Getty ImagesFollowing a product event in Seattle, Bezos told reporters that Amazon's public policy team is working on draft rules, which could apply broadly to all facial recognition services, because "there's lots of potential for abuses with that kind of technology, and so you do want regulations." "It's a classic, you know, dual use kind of technology. You can have good things and you can have bad things," Bezos said.

Facebook's stance on facial recognition has changed as of late, but its past enthusiasm for the technology may have been stronger than previously thought. Business Insider has learned (subscription required) that Facebook developed an internal mobile app between 2015 and 2016 that used facial recognition to identify coworkers and their friends. You only had to point the phone at someone to get their name and profile picture -- helpful if you were struggling to remember the name of a colleague you met at a party once.

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BI claimed that one version of the app could identify anyone on Facebook with enough data, but the company suggested that wasn't true. In a statement to CNET, a spokesperson said the app could only detect employees and friends who "had face recognition enabled." The app was meant as a "way to learn about new technologies," the spokesperson added.

Amazon wants to write the rules regulating facial recognition tech

  Amazon wants to write the rules regulating facial recognition tech Amazon is drafting laws to regulate facial recognition technology, Vox reports. Supposedly, the company hopes that federal lawmakers will adopt its proposal as legislation. "Our public policy team is actually working on facial recognition regulations; it makes a lot of sense to regulate that," CEO Jeff Bezos said in an appearance following Amazon's hardware event yesterday. In February, Amazon shared "proposed guidelines" for the responsible useIn February, Amazon shared "proposed guidelines" for the responsible use of facial recognition for policymakers to consider when drafting new laws. But actually writing the laws goes one step further.

The app has since been discontinued, and there's a distinct chance you won't hear of something like it again. Facebook's more recent turn toward privacy has seen it shy away from facial recognition. There's also the not-so-small matter of legal action. The social network is dealing with a class action lawsuit over claims it collected facial recognition data without permission, allegedly violating Illinois' Biometric Information Privacy Act. Add pressure from regulators like the FTC and Facebook may not want to tempt fate by writing facial recognition apps, however limited their uses may be.

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Chinese companies want to help shape global facial recognition standards .
The use of facial recognition technology is continuing to expand, despite concerns about its accuracy and fairness and about how it could be used by governments to spy on people. These concerns have been heightened following a report by the Financial Times which shows that Chinese groups have a significant influence in shaping international standards regarding the technology. The report details how Chinese companies including ZTE, Dahua and China Telecom are proposing standards for facial recognition to the UN's International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the body responsible for global technical standards in the telecommunication industry.

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