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MPs call for halt to police’s use of live facial recognition

facial-recognitionThe police and other authorities should suspend use of automatic facial recognition technologies, according to an influential group of MPs.

The House of Commons Science and Technology committee added there should be no further trials of the tech until relevant regulations were in place.

It raised accuracy and bias concerns.

And it warned that police forces were failing to edit a database of custody images to remove pictures of unconvicted individuals.

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AI, quantum computing and 5G could make criminals more dangerous than ever, warn police

artificial-intelligenceLaw enforcement needs to be innovative and act now in order to keep face with near future criminal threats, warns ‘Do criminals dream of electric sheep’ paper.

Artificial intelligence, quantum computing, 5G and the rise of the Internet of Things are just some of the emerging technologies that could aid cybercriminals in ways that could make them more dangerous than ever – and law enforcement must innovate quickly in order to help keep citizens safe, a new report has warned.

Published by Europol, the Do criminals dream of electric sheep: how technology shapes the future of crime and law enforcement‘ report – the title of which references the work of science fiction writer Philip K. Dick – explores the consequences that emerging technology could have for cybercrime.

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YouTube: ‘We don’t take you down the rabbit hole’

YouTube has defended its video recommendation algorithms, amid suggestions that the technology serves up increasingly extreme videos.

On Thursday, a BBC report explored how YouTube had helped the Flat Earth conspiracy theory spread.

But the company’s new managing director for the UK, Ben McOwen Wilson, said YouTube “does the opposite of taking you down the rabbit hole”.

He told the BBC that YouTube worked to dispel misinformation and conspiracies.

But warned that some types of government regulation could start to look like censorship.

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How facial recognition technology threatens basic privacy rights

As adoption of facial recognition systems continues to grow worldwide, there is increasing concern that this technology could undermine fundamental privacy rights and how it can be kept in check.

Surveillance and facial recognition technologies have become a common fixture in today’s interconnected world over the past few years.

Whether monitoring people in airports, searching for wanted criminals, allowing users to unlock their phones or creating targeted marketing campaigns, adoption of this technology has become widespread and resulted in many useful applications. But it has also generated legitimate concerns around privacy and security.

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Can you trust FaceApp with your face?

facebookEveryone is talking about FaceApp – the app that can edit photos of people’s faces to show younger or older versions of themselves.

Thousands of people are sharing the results of their own experiments with the app on social media.

But since the face-editing tool went viral in the last few days, some have raised concerns over its terms and conditions.

They argue that the company takes a cavalier approach to users’ data – but FaceApp said in a statement most images were deleted from its servers within 48 hours of being uploaded.

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Protect Your Organization Against Password Spraying

Password spraying, unlike traditional brute force attacks, often stays under the radar. Instead of targeting a single account with multiple password guesses, password spraying uses a high-probability password against multiple accounts. By avoiding rapid account lockouts, this ‘low and slow’ approach allows the attack to remain undetected. It is a successful attack vector that is easy to pull off. All the hacker needs is a list of common passwords, which they can easily obtain from previous password leaks.

Password spraying attacks have very high success rates because, for any given large set of accounts, there are users with common passwords. From research conducted in 2017, the National Cyber Security Centre found that 75% of UK-based organizations had accounts with passwords featured in the most common 1000 passwords, and 87% with passwords featured in the top 10,000. These worrying statistics are clear reminders that common passwords are still a serious threat to data security today.

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