San Francisco Bans Facial-Recognition Tools for Its Police and Other City Departments

Concerned that some new surveillance technologies may be too intrusive, San Francisco became the first U.S. city to ban the use of facial-recognition tools by its police and other municipal departments. The Board of Supervisors approved the Stop Secret Surveillance ordinance Tuesday, culminating a re-examination of city policy that began with the false arrest of […]

Millions of Flickr Photos Were Scraped to Train Facial Recognition Software

If you’ve ever uploaded images to Flickr, there’s a chance that those photos were used by IBM to help train facial recognition software, NBC News reports. In January, the company released a collection nearly a million photos which were scraped from Flickr and then annotated to describe the subject’s appearance. IBM touted the collection of […]