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Microsoft Deleted a Massive Facial Recognition Database, But It's Not Dead

The database contained 10 million photos of 100,000 individuals including activists and journalists.
Jordan Pearson

Police Are Feeding Celebrity Photos into Facial Recognition Software to Solve Crimes

Law enforcement agencies are using facial recognition systems with little to no rules, found a new study by the Georgetown Law Center on Privacy and Technology.
Sarah Emerson
This Week in Science

This Is The Best Kind of Disguise To Conceal Your Identity

This week in science: using brain imaging to predict who will respond to antidepressants, how your personality rubs off on your cat, and a disguise that is surprisingly effective.
Shayla Love

Facial Recognition Software Regularly Misgenders Trans People

Human computer interfaces are almost never built with transgender people in mind, and continue to reinforce existing biases.
Matthew Gault
machine learning

Facing Tomorrow's High-Tech School Surveillance

Installed in the wake of recent high-profile mass shootings, controversial facial recognition systems that scan students’ faces could be the not-too-distant future for schools across America and beyond.
Rose Eveleth

Science Fiction Is Not Social Reality

The tech industry is inspired to create our world from linear, scripted science fiction stories.
S.A. Applin

This Is the Facial Recognition Tool at the Heart of a Class Action Suit Against Facebook

Facebook's 'Tag Suggestions' tool might end up costing the company a lot of money.
Sophie Kleeman
surveillance state

China Is Using Facial Recognition Technology to Send Jaywalkers Fines Through Text Messages

It’s the latest update to a widely deployed facial recognition surveillance system in China.
Daniel Oberhaus
Big Bobis

This Guy Made a Facial Recognition Device for His Cat

Welcome to the cat surveillance state.
Daniel Oberhaus

AI-Fooling Glasses Could Be Good Enough to Trick Facial Recognition at Airports

Adversarial objects, for your face.
Samantha Cole
The VICE Guide to Right Now

Facebook Now Lets You Know When You Show Up in a Picture You're Not Tagged in

The company says the new feature will help protect your privacy, but critics worry handing the site more facial recognition data could be dangerous.
Drew Schwartz
Animal Cognition

At Least Eight Sheep in the World Can Recognize Barack Obama

In a new study, sheep can pick out a celebrity face from a rando's.
Samantha Cole