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ACLU, civil rights groups urge Biden to halt use of facial recognition technology

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and other civil rights groups are urging President BidenJoe BidenREAD: House Democrats’ mammoth COVID-19 relief bill House panel unveils .9T relief package Nunes lawsuit against CNN thrown out MORE to halt the use of facial recognition technology by the federal government over dangers the technology poses that the groups said disproportionately impact people of color and other marginalized groups. 

The coalition of more than 40 organizations sent a letter to Biden Tuesday, calling on him to take executive action to place a moratorium on all federal government use of facial recognition technology, as

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Delta expanding facial recognition technology to domestic flights in Detroit

Delta Air Lines is bringing facial recognition technology to domestic flights. 

Last week, the airline announced that it is launching its digital ID technology for domestic flights out of Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport. Delta previously debuted the technology in 2018 for international flights.

The service — which is provided in partnership with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) — is only available for TSA PreCheck members who have a passport number, according to the announcement. It is also voluntary, so passengers can opt out of the service. 

Passengers who choose to use the service won’t have to show their physical

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Minneapolis proposal to ban law enforcement use of facial recognition tech advances

Minneapolis could soon join a small but growing number of American cities that have banned most uses of facial recognition technology by its police and other municipal departments.

The proposal, which has been quietly discussed for months among a coalition of progressive groups including the American Civil Liberties Union, was signed off on without discussion by a City Council committee Thursday. The matter will next be taken up at a public comment session on Feb. 10 before going to the full council for a final vote on Feb. 12.

“If we have cameras all over the city tracking in real

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The Capitol siege and facial recognition technology.

In a recent New Yorker article about the Capitol siege, Ronan Farrow described how investigators used a bevy of online data and facial recognition technology to confirm the identity of Larry Rendall Brock Jr., an Air Force Academy graduate and combat veteran from Texas. Brock was photographed inside the Capitol carrying zip ties, presumably to be used to restrain someone. (He claimed to Farrow that he merely picked them up off the floor and forgot about them. Brock was arrested Sunday and charged with two counts.)

Even as they stormed the Capitol, many rioters stopped to pose for photos and

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Alibaba Facial Recognition Tech Specifically Picks Out Uighur Minority, Report Shows | Voice of America

SHANGHAI – Technology giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. has facial recognition technology that can specifically pick out members of China’s Uighur minority, surveillance industry researcher IPVM said in a report. 

Alibaba itself said it was dismayed a unit developed software that can tag ethnicity in videos, and that the feature was never intended to be deployed to customers. 

The report comes as human rights groups accuse China of forcing more than 1 million Muslim Uighurs into labor camps in the region of Xinjiang and call out firms suspected of complicity. 

FILE – Residents line up inside a vocational training center
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