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UK Police admit sharing images for King’s Cross Estate’s facial recognition

The Metropolitan Police and British Transport Police did share images with the King’s Cross Estate in London for its facial recognition technology, despite previously denying any involvement in the surveillance project, it has emerged.

Developers of the site – which is home to King’s Cross and St Pancras International stations, as well as restaurants, shops and cafes – said earlier this week that the system was used only to help both forces “prevent and detect crime in the neighbourhood and ultimately to help ensure public safety”.


Activist loses world’s first court challenge over facial recognition technology

Ed Bridges, 36, from Cardiff, brought the challenge at the High Court after claiming his face was scanned while doing Christmas shopping in 2017 and at a peaceful anti-arms protest in 2018.

His lawyers argued the use of automatic facial recognition (AFR) by South Wales Police caused him “distress” and violated his privacy and data protection rights by processing an image taken of him in public.


King’s Cross estate management says facial recognition technology ‘not used since March 2018’

Facial recognition has not been in use around the King’s Cross area of London since March 2018, the site’s developers have claimed.

Usage of the controversial technology has been under the spotlight after UK data and privacy watchdog the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) said it had launched an investigation last month.


Facebook expands data abuse bug bounty programme to Instagram

Instagram users can now report app developers they believe are misusing their data as part of an expansion to the social network’s security tools.

The data abuse bounty programme is used to identify violations of policy around data use and rewards those who find and report abuses, the firm said.


Facebook denies claims of discrepancies in evidence to MPs

Facebook was asked by House of Commons select committee to clarify ‘concerns’ it had over evidence submitted by company executives Facebook has denied its executives gave contradictory evidence to a parliamentary committee that was investigating the Cambridge Analytica data scandal. Chairman of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) select committee Damian Collins… Read More


Microsoft admits contractors ‘can listen to some Skype calls via translation function’

A report claims to have obtained audio recordings which include intimate conversations between loved ones Microsoft contractors are able to listen to some conversations that go through Skype’s translation function, a report has claimed. While the tech giant states in its policies that it may analyse audio recordings to improve translations, it does not make… Read More


German regulator bans Google from listening to Google Home recordings for three months across Europe

Amazon and Apple likely to be handed similar bans Hamburg’s Data Protection Authority has banned Google from listening to conversations recorded on Google Home devices for three months across Europe. Google has been complying with the authority’s decision since August 1, when the three month ban was initiated. The regulator added that Amazon and Apple… Read More


Sensyne Health partners with Bayer to develop treatment for heart disease using AI

UK clinical healthcare disruptor signs first major drug development deal since IPO Sensyne Health has struck a two year deal with pharmaceutical giant Bayer to develop new treatments for cardiovascular disease using Sensyne’s AI technology. The NHS Long Term Plan has identified the prevention of cardiovascular disease, which currently affects 7 million people in the… Read More


Apple admits contractors hear some user interactions with Siri

Interactions with Siri are analysed as part of quality control Contractors working for Apple hear a small portion of recordings from voice assistant Siri, the company has confirmed. The technology giant said part of its quality control involved maintaining and improving the virtual assistant. According to a report by the Guardian, contractors employed by Apple… Read More


Human rights group loses High Court challenge against “Snoopers’ Charter”

Liberty had claimed parts of the Investigatory Powers Act were incompatible with human rights law Human rights group Liberty has lost its latest High Court challenge against the Government’s mass surveillance powers. Liberty brought the challenge against parts of the Investigatory Powers Act (IPA) – dubbed the “Snoopers’ Charter” by critics – which allow intelligence… Read More


IBM says cost of data breach in US ‘more than double’ worldwide average

Countries based in the Middle East are most susceptible to attacks The average cost of data breaches has risen by 12 percent over the past five years, costing businesses $3.92 million on average, according to IBM’s annual Cost of Data Dreach report. The report interviewed more than 500 companies that have suffered a breach in… Read More


Lancaster University students’ data stolen in ‘sophisticated and malicious’ attack

Large amount of personal data stolen in phishing attack Lancaster University has been struck by a ‘sophisticated and malicious phishing attack’ affecting the data of students and applicants, the University revealed. In a posting on its website, the University said it detected the breach on Friday and has reported the incident to law enforcement agencies,… Read More



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