The LAPD banned officers from using facial recognition technology which harvested images from social media by Clearview AI



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  • The Los Angeles Police Department banned the use of commercial facial recognition software after being confronted about its officers’ use of Clearview AI by BuzzFeed News, the outlet reported Tuesday.
  • BuzzFeed News reported that it had inquired about documents showing that “25 LAPD employees had performed nearly 475 searches using Clearview AI,” a controversial software that scrapes images from social media.
  • The LAPD has previously misrepresented how widely it has used facial recognition tech, while Clearview has come under fire over privacy issues and its reported connections to white nationalists.
  • Cities including San Francisco, Oakland, and Boston have banned government agencies from using facial recognition amid growing worries over racial and gender bias as well as civil liberties violations.
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The Los Angeles Police Department, the third-largest department in the US, issued a moratorium on its use of commercial

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The LAPD banned officers from using commercial facial recognition technology after being confronted about its use of Clearview AI, a controversial software that harvested images from social media



a group of metal objects: Chris Wattie/Reuters


© Chris Wattie/Reuters
Chris Wattie/Reuters

  • The Los Angeles Police Department banned the use of commercial facial recognition software after being confronted about its officers’ use of Clearview AI by BuzzFeed News, the outlet reported Tuesday.
  • BuzzFeed News reported that it had inquired about documents showing that “25 LAPD employees had performed nearly 475 searches using Clearview AI,” a controversial software that scrapes images from social media.
  • The LAPD has previously misrepresented how widely it has used facial recognition tech, while Clearview has come under fire over privacy issues and its reported connections to white nationalists.
  • Cities including San Francisco, Oakland, and Boston have banned government agencies from using facial recognition amid growing worries over racial and gender bias as well as civil liberties violations.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

The Los Angeles Police Department, the third-largest department in the US, issued a moratorium on its use of commercial

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Amazon Faces Allegations It Harvested Sensitive Voice Data

Illustration for article titled Amazon Faces Allegations It Harvested and Stored Sensitive Voice Data

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Amazon is being hit with a class-action suit alleging that the tech giant’s severs are storing biometric voice data from countless callers, in contravention of an Illinois privacy law.

At the center of the suit is Amazon Connect—a suite of call-center software that Amazon Web Services began licensing out under since 2017. One of the companies Amazon partnered with in order to offer this call-center service, Pindrop Security, specialized in creating what are known as “voiceprints,” which can be used to identify and “authenticate” callers by the cadence of their voice. These specific vocal quirks—much like an iris scan, a finger print, or a facial scan—fall under the umbrella of “biometric data” under Illinois’s Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA.) There’s a chance that Amazon ran afoul of the state law by collecting that data without obtaining callers’

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