Google improves smile recognition algorithm accuracy with demographic classifiers

Google researchers have discovered a way to improve the company’s smile detection algorithms across genders and races, which reaches a state-of-the-art 91 percent on the Faces of the World dataset, according to a research paper published on arXive (PDF). Technology Review reports that this represents a 1.5 percent improvement over the previous best accuracy. The researchers used four racial and two gender classifications to improve accuracy while preserving privacy, according to the paper. Their method involves utilizing transfer learning and

Biometrics industry stocks this week

As the biometrics industry continues to grow, Biometric Update is bringing a new focus to the stories around the stocks in the sector. Check in with this space each week for a rundown of the financial news and interesting ideas from the week that was. Market prognosticators are talking this week about a new “tone” in stock markets. Last week an early rally gave way to a sharp sell-off mid-morning. The market weakness continued through the next five trading sessions.

Biometrics industry stocks this week

As the biometrics industry continues to grow, Biometric Update is bringing a new focus to the stories around the stocks in the sector. Check in with this space each week for a rundown of the financial news and interesting ideas from the week that was. On Tuesday Google held a showcase to introduce its latest hardware. The company hopes to create a space for its products in the burgeoning ‘home IoT’ sector. Among the devices is a tiny camera, the

Google denied immediate appeal to ruling in face recognition suit

A federal judge has denied a request by Google to immediately appeal his ruling in a class-action lawsuit that alleges the company’s facial recognition technology violates an Illinois privacy law, according to a report by MediaPost. The decision comes a few months after a putative class of consumers said that Google could not stay proceedings to appeal parts of U.S. District Court Judge Edmond Chang’s refusal to dismiss the biometric privacy violation claims. Based on the judge’s order, Illinois residents

Plaintiffs say Google cannot stay proceedings in biometric privacy lawsuit

On Friday, a putative class of consumers said Google cannot stay proceedings to appeal parts of a federal judge’s recent refusal to dismiss claims that allege its face-mapping technology violates an Illinois state biometrics law, according to a report by Law 360. The move comes just over three weeks after Google requested that Judge Edmond Chang reverse his decision allowing the class-action lawsuit accusing Google of violating the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA), to proceed. The tech giant argued

Google requests appeal of decision in biometric privacy lawsuit

Google has requested permission from U.S. District Court Judge Edmond Chang to immediately appeal his decision to allow a class-action lawsuit accusing Google of violating the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA), to proceed, according to a report by Media Post. On February 27, Chang issued a ruling that allowed Illinois residents Lindabeth Rivera and Joseph Weiss to proceed with their lawsuit against Google for using facial recognition to create face templates from photographs. Rivera initially filed a lawsuit against

Google working on fingerprint unlock feature for Chrome OS

Chromebook owners with the right hardware may be able to start using their fingerprints to access their laptops later this year. According to a PCWorld report, Chrome Story recently spotted a new flag in Chrome OS Canary that discusses “Quick Unlock (Fingerprint).” Fingerprint security features are also mentioned throughout the changelog for Chrome OS 58.0.3007.0 that was released to the dev channel on February 14. Reports that Google was working on adding a new log-in method using fingerprint sensors first

Apple to become a member of AI research group

Apple will reportedly join the Partnership on AI, a nonprofit artificial intelligence research organization with a membership that includes Amazon.com Inc., DeepMind, Alphabet Inc.’s Google, IBM, Facebook Inc., and Microsoft Corp, according to a Bloomberg article citing individuals familiar with the situation. An announcement of Apple’s admission into Partnership on AI could happen as early as this week, although representatives at Apple and the Partnership on AI have declined to comment. The organization launched in September with a handful of

Google’s voice recognition feature could be exploited by criminals and police

Google’s decision to run its Trusted Voice feature – which allows users to unlock their phones via their phone — by default on Pixel smartphones has made it easier for both criminals and law enforcement agencies to break into compatible Android devices, according to a report by Forbes. The voice recognition feature allows users to unlock their phones by stating the voice command, “OK Google”, instead of entering a passcode. Using Trusted Voice, criminals could potentially edit snippets of recordings

Facebook claims it can collect user biometric data without consent

Ongoing advances in facial recognition technology enable companies to potentially profit from their user base’s biometric data, and privacy advocates have drawn a pattern in how Facebook and Google have sold users’ viewing histories for advertising, according to a report by Chicago Business. Both Facebook and Google state that collecting facial biometrics data isn’t against the law, even without the user’s consent. If judges side with Facebook and Google, the companies may be able to throw out any lawsuits filed