Human Rights Watch raises privacy concerns over Chinese voice recognition program

China’s government is collecting “voice pattern” samples from its citizens to build a database for use with voice recognition technology, Human Rights Watch (HRW) announced in a fascinating article published Sunday. In collaboration with Chinese company iFlytek, which HRW says makes 80 percent of the country’s speech recognition technology, China’s Ministry of Public Security is working on a pilot project to identify the voices of targeted individuals in telephone conversations. “The Chinese government has been collecting the voice patterns of

Australian government seeks to expand facial recognition system

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will call on state and territory governments to disclose driver’s licence photos for use in a national facial recognition system, according to a report by IT News. The initial phase of the facial recognition system – the face verification service (FVS) – was implemented last year, soon after it received $18.5 million in funding. FVS is designed to decrease cross-border criminal activities by allowing law enforcement agencies share the facial images of citizens in order

Moscow upgrading CCTV cameras with facial recognition capabilities

Moscow is upgrading its public surveillance system by adding facial recognition technology to the 170,000 cameras installed across the city in an effort to identify criminals and increase security, according to a report by Bloomberg. Since 2012, CCTV recordings have been held for five days after they’re captured, with about 20 million hours of video stored at any one time. “We soon found it impossible to process such volumes of data by police officers alone,” said Artem Ermolaev, head of

Privacy group EFF pens letter opposing border surveillance bill

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) penned a letter to the federal government in opposition of a new federal bill that would significantly expand biometrics collection and other surveillance of both American citizens and immigrants at and near the U.S. border, following Sen. Cornyn’s (R-TX) introduction of S. 1757 (Building America’s Trust Act) in August. The group’s letter objects to several provisions of the bill, starting with a provision that would require the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to collect biometric

Preserving privacy in an age of increased surveillance: a biometrics perspective

Preserving privacy in an age of increased surveillance October 19, 2017 IBM SouthBank, London On 19 October 2017 the European Association for Biometrics (EAB) in cooperation with IBM Emerging Technology organizes a one-day workshop at IBM, South Bank London. This one day workshop will focus on privacy issues surrounding biometric technologies and applications. We will together reflect upon the many new threats and opportunities arising from the rapid increase in the channels of biometric data capture (e.g. sensors on mobile

BrainChip unveils new PCIe accelerator card

BrainChip has unveiled a new PCIe accelerator card that serves as a key accessory for neuromorphic computing, which emulates the workings of the human brain, according to a report by TechSource. Neuromorphic hardware implements neural networks designed to process large amounts of data over a short duration. BrainChip’s new neuromorphic accelerator card will be used to help the hardware complete such tasks as object and facial recognition. The eight-lane, PCIe accelerator card is designed to be used with BrainChip Studio

Miyoshi, NEC to market face recognition surveillance system in Asia

Miyoshi Optoelectronics and NEC Asia Pacific have partnered to jointly market an advanced facial recognition surveillance system in Singapore, Malaysia and other countries in Southeast Asia, according to a report by The Nation. The companies are introducing a system that integrates NEC’s NeoFace Watch, a real-time facial-recognition engine, into Miyoshi’s Digital SRS, a wireless audio-video wearable device. Miyoshi said the integrated solution is “a highly reliable, low-latency, body-worn server/transmitter with COFDM streamer and COTS camera, personal ruggedized lithium battery on

NEC sees increasing demand for its face recognition technology

NEC Corp. is focusing its efforts on further developing and distributing its facial recognition technology to meet increasing demand for such safety measures to be implemented during sports events and high-profile public events, according to a report by The Ahsai Shimbun. “Our system allows individuals on a watch list to be identified on the spot in images of a camera that is monitoring a crowd,” an NEC official said at Interpol World 2017 in Singapore in early July. The official

Police deploying facial recognition at London’s Notting Hill Carnival

The UK’s Metropolitan Police is planning to use facial recognition software in a new pilot program aimed at identifying suspected troublemakers among attendees at the Notting Hill carnival, according to a report by The Guardian. The Notting Hill Carnival is an annual event that takes place in London over two days in August. It attracts around one million people annually, making it one of the world’s largest street festivals. Using the facial recognition system, police will match faces in the

Facial recognition pilot begins at Berlin train station

Facial recognition software is now being tested at Berlin’s Südkreuz train station, according to a report in The Local. The pilot project is being run on behalf of the federal government and will use surveillance cameras to test the facial recognition software’s ability to recognize the faces of passersby. 300 people volunteered to be part of the test for six months. Volunteers’ names and faces were saved into a database so that when they are picked up by the cameras,