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Why COVID-19 vaccine "passports" threaten human rights - 30 avril 2021
As the global COVID-19 vaccine rollout gains momentum, governments from Bahrain to Denmark are clamoring to implement measures to help the world return to pre-virus normality. This includes exploring digital vaccine certificates — or COVID-19 vaccine “passports” — that would record and authenticate a person’s (...)

In Mexico, a controversial new law requires cell phone users to hand over sensitive information to the government - 30 avril 2021
The law adds Mexico to a list of 18 countries globally that require biometric data registration for cell phone users Digital rights groups are sounding the alarm about a new law in Mexico that would require all cell phone users to register their personal information and biometric data in a massive government (...)

Dear Spotify : don’t manipulate our emotions for profit - 26 avril 2021
UPDATE : On April 15, 2021, Spotify replied to Access Now’s letter. In its response, Spotify states that the company “has never implemented the technology described in the patent in any of our products and we have no plans to do so.” While Access Now is pleased to hear that Spotify has no current plans to deploy the (...)

EU urged to ban AI tools that detect gender, sexuality - 26 avril 2021
Draft EU rules include curbs on AI technology like facial recognition, but not on systems that detect gender, sexuality, race or disability April 16 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A cross-party group of European lawmakers called on Friday for an EU ban on artificial intelligence (AI) systems that detect and label (...)

Intelligence artificielle : l’Europe face aux apprentis sorciers - 24 avril 2021
Alors que l’intelligence artificielle ne cesse de se développer, la Commission européenne vient de présenter son projet pour réguler les technologies numériques dans “le respect de l’humain”. Mais cette volonté d’encadrement est-elle tenable face aux appétits des géants chinois et américains ? Évoquant l’équilibre, Julien (...)

Modi govt now plans a ’touchless’ vaccination process, with Aadhaar-based facial recognition - 24 avril 2021
In an interview, National Health Authority chief R.S. Sharma says UIDAI’s facial recognition algorithms will soon be rolled out at vaccination centres. New Delhi : An Aadhaar-based facial recognition system could soon replace biometric fingerprint or iris scan machines at Covid-19 vaccination centres across the (...)

Suresnes veut détecter les comportements suspects - 23 avril 2021
La ville de Suresnes, dans les Hauts de Seine, va relier ses caméras de vidéosurveillance (en novlangue juridique « vidéoprotection ») à une intelligence artificielle de XXII Group. Il n’y aura aucune reconnaissance faciale ni biométrique, assure son PDG, qui plaide pour une utilisation éthique de l’IA, et voudrait (...)

Loi Sécurité globale : « la technologie permet la surveillance généralisée » - 18 avril 2021
La loi Sécurité globale actuellement débattue par les parlementaires permettrait, si elle est adoptée en l’état, de faire un grand bond en avant vers une surveillance de masse généralisée. Au cœur de ce dispositif, l’utilisation de la reconnaissance faciale. Bastien Le Querrec, juriste bénévole au sein de l’association La (...)

Loi sécurité globale adoptée : résumons - 17 avril 2021
La loi sécurité globale a été définitivement adoptée hier par l’Assemblée nationale, à 75 voix contre 33, au terme d’un débat soumis aux exigences de la police et dont nous n’attendions plus grand chose (lire notamment notre analyse de l’examen en commission à l’Assemblée ou au Sénat). La prochaine étape sera l’examen de la (...)

Automatic gender recognition tech is dangerous, say campaigners : it’s time to ban it - 16 avril 2021
Simplistic gender binaries infringe on the right to self-expression Dangers posed by facial recognition like mass surveillance and mistaken identity have been widely discussed in recent years. But digital rights groups say an equally insidious use case is currently sneaking under the radar : using the same (...)

President of Mexico should veto the biometric mobile phone registry - 16 avril 2021
Collecting personal biometric data in exchange for a mobile SIM card is unnecessary and dangerous. Yet, this is the stark reality the Mexican Chamber of Senators has set in motion after voting yesterday, April 13, in favor of establishing a National Register of Mobile Phone Users. Access Now and Red en Defensa de (...)

India wants to use facial recognition in its coronavirus vaccine drive - 15 avril 2021
Opponents fear that the move is designed to further entrench the country’s controversial biometric ID system India is planning to add a facial recognition system based on Aadhaar, the country’s centralized biometric identity program, to the national Covid-19 vaccination drive. The proposal has prompted criticism (...)

EU Set to Ban Surveillance, Start Fines Under New AI Rules - 15 avril 2021
The European Union is poised to ban artificial intelligence systems used for mass surveillance or for ranking social behavior, while companies developing AI could face fines as high as 4% of global revenue if they fail to comply with new rules governing the software applications. The rules are part of legislation (...)

France’s police bill : surveillance for the long haul - 15 avril 2021
The French government seems not to be interested in tackling systemic police violence. Instead, one of the most defining features of Macron’s first term as France’s head of state lies in the fast-paced expansion of state surveillance powers. A case in point is Parliament’s impending adoption of the “Bill on Global (...)

2020 : Mood, chiffres et musique - 14 avril 2021
Quand les données Spotify jouent avec nos émotions 2020. L’année du confinement. Le summum de la déprime pour certains, un break productif pour d’autres. La procrastination a côtoyé les bonnes résolutions et les envies de changer le monde. Pour moi le confinement a été l’occasion de me réfugier dans ma collection de (...)

The new lawsuit that shows facial recognition is officially a civil rights issue - 14 avril 2021
Robert Williams, who was wrongfully arrested because of a faulty facial recognition match, is asking for the technology to be banned. On January 9, 2020, Detroit police drove to the suburb of Farmington Hill and arrested Robert Williams in his driveway while his wife and young daughters looked on. Williams, a (...)

Microsoft to Buy Artificial Intelligence Provider for $16 Billion - 14 avril 2021
By acquiring a provider of artificial-intelligence software, the tech giant is hoping to bolster its offerings for the fast-growing field of medical computing. Microsoft said on Monday that it would buy Nuance Communications, a provider of artificial-intelligence and speech-recognition software, for about $16 (...)

Au Poste #15 avec Olivier Tesquet, auteur d’« État d’urgence technologique (...) - - 13 avril 2021
Depuis plus de 10 ans, l’homme-machine Olivier Tesquet traque nos traces, et le joyeux capitalisme de surveillance. On l’a convoqué #AuPoste. Il est resté près de deux heures et demi, passionnantes, et glaçantes. Tesquet parle comme son livre « État d’urgence technologique » (Premier Parallèle) se déguste : avec précision (...)

The NYPD used Clearview’s controversial facial recognition tool. Here’s what you need to know - 12 avril 2021
Newly-released emails show New York police have been widely using the controversial Clearview AI facial recognition system—and making misleading statements about it. It’s been a busy week for Clearview AI, the controversial facial recognition company that uses 3 billion photos scraped from the web to power a search (...)

Coded Bias : Algorithmes et discrimination - 11 avril 2021
Ce documentaire enquête sur les biais algorithmiques dévoilés par la découverte de failles dans la reconnaissance faciale par Joy Buolamwini, chercheuse au MIT Media Lab.