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US Border Agents Could Get Bodycams With Facial Recognition Technology

03:10  18 october  2019
03:10  18 october  2019 Source:   thedailybeast.com

California's new police body cam law blocks the use of facial recognition

  California's new police body cam law blocks the use of facial recognition In August, backers of California's Body Camera Accountability Act pointed out a test of facial recognition software that identified 26 state lawmakers as criminals. They argued it showed the flaws of such technology, and now Governor Gavin Newsom has signed AB1215 into law, preventing law enforcement in the state from "installing, activating, or using any biometric surveillance system in connection with an officer camera or data collected by an officer camera" through 2023.The bill's sponsor, Phil Ting said of facial recognition tech, "It's not ready for prime time, as it falsely matches innocent people with mugshots, including me.

Facial recognition was initially designed for identity assurance and access control, to operate in This means the two technologies will converge. Facial recognition on bodycams is an obvious next step. Bodycams with facial recognition ensure identities are captured and checked accurately, all

The decision shows how facial recognition technology —while not new—has become highly controversial as it becomes more widely used. San Francisco has banned city agencies from using facial recognition , and at a congressional hearing last month lawmakers on both sides of the aisle

Customs and Border Protection is considering outfitting Border Patrol with controversial facial recognition technology deployed through their body cameras, according to a new federal filing.

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The agency has published a Request for Information from potential vendors on expanding its network of officer-worn body cameras, specifically to record interactions with the public—both U.S. and foreign citizens—in areas fixed cameras may not reach.

Within that request, the agency is soliciting information on biometric identity verification: the “ability to run facial recognition against a database of preexisting images” and the “ability to compare a source document (e.g., identification provided) against the real-time image of the person.”

California's new police body cam law blocks the use of facial recognition

  California's new police body cam law blocks the use of facial recognition Tampa Bay's offense puts up four runs against Justin Verlander and knock the Astros' pitcher out in the 4th inning as the Rays beat the Astros 4-1 forcing a decisive Game 5 in Houston. Blake Snell picks up the save in his first career relief outing.

Facial recognition row: police gave King's Cross owner images of seven people. Google reportedly targeted people with 'dark skin' to improve facial recognition . Advertisers, tech giants and border forces are using mind-reading software to read and respond to our moods – whether we like it or not.

By enhancing police-worn bodycams with facial recognition technology , beat cops themselves could become citywide mass automated tracking And what kinds of accused offenders could this facial recognition trawl for? It’s one thing to set body cameras to identify wanted violent offenders

Agents would be able to toggle the cameras on and off, according to the request. CBP’s request includes a request for information on camera durability, cloud storage for the footage, information security, redaction of personal information, and other technical specifications.

Border Patrol agents do not currently wear body cameras. A bill introduced in the House of Representatives in February would require them to do so. The agency tested them last year at nine locations.

Facial recognition used on footage taken by law enforcement has proven controversial in the past. California banned the use of facial recognition software on video from police body cameras on Oct. 8. Several cities around the country have banned its use by municipal authorities altogether.

MIT-IBM developed a faster way to train video recognition AI

  MIT-IBM developed a faster way to train video recognition AI Machine learning has given computers the ability to do things like identify faces and read medical scans. But when it's tasked with interpreting videos and real-world events, the models that make machine learning possible become large and cumbersome. A team from the MIT-IBM Watson Lab believe they have a solution. They've come up with a method that reduces the size of video-recognition models, speeds up training and could improve performance on mobile devices.The trick is in shifting how video recognition models view time. Current models encode the passage of time in a sequence of images, which creates bigger, computationally-intensive models.

The border patrol enjoys extraordinary police powers. Agents operate checkpoints where they stop motorists everyday without suspicion, and in The technology to record images from vehicles at the border . Photograph: Fred Greaves/Reuters. Research has repeatedly shown that facial recognition

There are 21,000 Border Patrol agents overseeing thousands of miles of borders with Mexico and Canada, with 24,000 officers who manage official ports of entry. There is also concern about the resources needed to manage the use of bodycams .

CBP, meanwhile, has expanded its use of facial recognition in other areas. The agency already uses the technology to identify and track travelers at more than a dozen international airports in the U.S., at checkpoints along the U.S.-Mexico border, and at major ports.

The Department of Homeland Security did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Read more at The Daily Beast.

Google Pixel 4's facial recognition tech works when owners' eyes are closed .
Earlier this week, the BBC's Chris Fox reported that the Pixel 4's facial recognition unlock feature works even when you're unconscious -- no eyes needed. Raising concern about the security of upcoming Pixel 4 series owners, BBC technology reporter Chris Fox tweeted earlier this week that "The Pixel 4 facial recognition works even if you're asleep/dead." In response to the worry that this tweet caused, Google told the BBC Thursday simply that "We will continue to improve Face Unlock over time" and that this is how the phone will go on sale next week. This would allow a Pixel 4 to be unlocked while its owner is sleeping or unconscious.

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