South China Morning Post: Chinese scholars use AI to screen newborns for genetic disorders via facial scan

South China Morning Post: Chinese scholars use AI to screen newborns for genetic disorders via facial scan. “Researchers from the Shanghai Children’s Medical Centre and the Shanghai Paediatric Centre said their new assistive diagnosis tool, which they described as the first of its kind, was designed to detect more than 100 disorders with distinctive facial features, including Cornelia de Lange syndrome (CdLS) and Down syndrome, according to a report by state-owned China News Service on Friday.”

Brookings: 10 actions that will protect people from facial recognition software

Brookings: 10 actions that will protect people from facial recognition software. “Facial recognition (FR) software inspires intense reactions from many people. On the one hand, a number of individuals worry that FR will usher in an Orwellian nightmare of mass surveillance and privacy intrusions. They see FR combined with ubiquitous video cameras, artificial intelligence (AI), and data analytics as a formula for harming humanity and restricting individual freedom…. In this paper, I propose 10 actions that will protect people from the greatest risks associated with FR software; these include limiting data storage and sharing, mandating accuracy standards, instituting third-party assessments, and more.”

MSN News: Citing ‘unprecedented’ surveillance, ACLU sues federal agencies over facial-recognition scans

MSN News: Citing ‘unprecedented’ surveillance, ACLU sues federal agencies over facial-recognition scans . “The American Civil Liberties Union on Thursday sued the Justice Department, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the FBI for records detailing their use of facial-recognition software, arguing the agencies have secretly implemented a nationwide surveillance technology that threatens Americans’ privacy and civil rights.”

The Daily Dot: Amazon’s facial recognition misidentified Boston athletes as criminals

The Daily Dot: Amazon’s facial recognition misidentified Boston athletes as criminals. “Amazon’s facial recognition technology falsely matched nearly 30 professional athletes to individuals in a mugshot database, the Massachusetts chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said.”

Ars Technica: Facebook must face $35B facial-recognition lawsuit following court ruling

Ars Technica: Facebook must face $35B facial-recognition lawsuit following court ruling. “Facebook’s most recent attempt to extricate itself from a potentially landmark lawsuit has come to a dead end, as a federal court declined to hear another appeal to stop the $35 billion class action.”

Not a good look, Google: Pixel 4 mobes can be face-unlocked even if you’re asleep… or dead? (The Register)

The Register: Not a good look, Google: Pixel 4 mobes can be face-unlocked even if you’re asleep… or dead? . “Pixel 4 owners can unlock their smartphones with their faces even if they have their eyes closed. That’s not good. Google’s Face Unlock feature in the new smartphone uses machine-learning algorithms to recognize your face and grant access to the device’s apps and data. The biometric system is designed to ensure that only you can only unlock your own phone.”

Techdirt: California Governor Signs Bill Banning Facial Recognition Tech Use By State’s Law Enforcement Agencies

Techdirt: California Governor Signs Bill Banning Facial Recognition Tech Use By State’s Law Enforcement Agencies. “The ban blocks the use of facial recognition tech by state law enforcement until the end of 2022. It also blocks the use of other biometric surveillance tech and prevents law enforcement from using existing biometric data to feed any predictive policing tools agencies might be using or planning on implementing.”