EPIC FOIA: EPIC Obtains FBI Policy for Disseminating Biometric Info

27 03 2018

Epic

March 22, 2018

Through a Freedom of Information Act request, EPIC has obtained the FBI’s “Policy for Biometric Information Sharing with Domestic and International Agencies.” The documents EPIC obtained also contain details of the United States’ agreement with Iraq to exchange biometric data, including to not subject the information to any dissemination restrictions of the US or Iraq. The FBI maintains one of the world’s largest biometric databases, known as the “Next Generation Identification” system, which includes facial IDs gathered from international conflicts. In 2007, EPIC, Privacy International, and Human Rights Watch warned the Secretary of Defense that the “system of biometric identification contravene international privacy standards and could lead to further reprisals and killings.” EPIC noted in 2010 “President Obama’s address on the end of the combat mission in Iraq has left open the question of what will happen to the massive biometric databases on Iraqis, assembled by the United States, during the course of the conflict.”

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California Court Declines to Dismiss Illinois Facial Recognition/Biometric Privacy Suit against Facebook on Standing Grounds

16 03 2018

Proskaueh: New Media and Technology Blog

Jeffrey Neuburger

This past week, a California district court again declined Facebook’s motion to dismiss an ongoing litigation involving claims under the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act, 740 Ill. Comp Stat. 14/1 (“BIPA”), surrounding Tag Suggestions, its facial recognition-based system of photo tagging.  In 2016, the court declined to dismiss the action based upon, among other things, Facebook’s contention that BIPA categorically excludes digital photographs from its scope.  This time around, the court declined to dismiss the plaintiffs’ complaint for lack of standing under the Supreme Court’s 2016 Spokeo decision on the ground that plaintiffs have failed to allege a concrete injury in fact.  (Patel v. Facebook, Inc., No. 15-03747 (N.D. Cal. Feb. 26, 2018) (cases consolidated at In re Facebook Biometric Information Privacy Litig., No. 15-03747 (N.D. Cal.)).  As a result, Facebook will be forced to continue to litigate this action.

This dispute is being closely watched as there are a number of similar pending BIPA suits relating to biometrics and facial recognition  and other defendants are looking at which of Facebook’s defenses might hold sway with a court.

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Facial Recognition: Race and Gender

14 02 2018

Facial Recognition Is Accurate, if You’re a White Guy

Facial recognition technology is improving by leaps and bounds. Some commercial software can now tell the gender of a person in a photograph.

When the person in the photo is a white man, the software is right 99 percent of the time.

But the darker the skin, the more errors arise — up to nearly 35 percent for images of darker skinned women, according to a new study that breaks fresh ground by measuring how the technology works on people of different races and gender.

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Tanium CEO admits using real hospital data in sales demos [Updated]

3 02 2018
Following a report by The Wall Street Journal that the security vendor Tanium used a hospital’s live network as a demonstration platform on sales calls and even revealed private hospital data in a publicly posted demonstration video, Tanium CEO Orion Hindawi has admitted that mistakes were made in handling data from El Camino Hospital’s network. Hindawi was vague about whether the company had live access to the network, but in a blog post late yesterday, he said that the data was from “this particular customer’s demo environment” and that Tanium did not—and should not—have remote access to customers’ security data except in a very few cases where customers had granted access.

[Update, 3:30 pm EDT] Ars has learned from a source familiar with the installation that the company did, in fact, use a connection to El Camino Hospital’s on-premises instance of the Tanium web console for demonstrations.The connection would have had to have been provided by El Camino’s information technology staff—though it is not clear how far up in the hospital’s administration that arrangement was approved, and the arrangement was apparently never documented. Since 2015—about the time Tanium lost access to the El Camino Hospital installation—Tanium has required that these sorts of arrangements be codified in writing.

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Why it matters that Google Home can now identify you by voice

3 02 2018

Google’s voice-activated speaker from Thursday will be able to identify different voices and deliver personalized answers.

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