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Face Value

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Time to face facts. Facial recognition, the technology of the future, is already here. On the horizon are potential uses for everything from payment systems to police to pornography.

This newsletter searches out the places where facial data are being used, and offers a global view of how facial recognition is developing for businesses, governments and lawyers. Articles come from a mix of sites include tech and mainstream outlets, as well as blogs dedicated solely to biometric data and local outlets reporting about decisions in their communities. Pieces include the opinions on where we should go from here but also in-depth reporting on how these systems work. If you are interested in anything about data privacy, this newsletter is the one for you. 

In addition to all of the news that came out since we first launched this in January 2020, we now receive a huge amount of articles about the ways that facial recognition is being used during the COVID pandemic, or the ability of facial recognition to see through face masks. It can be hard to keep track of everything, though we hope this information can help you make sense of the “new normal.”

Latest editions
  • Face Value #20
    June 4, 2020
    • Minneapolis police (#1)
    • Matching lawmakers' faces (#4)
    • Clearview claims immunity (#13)
    • In schools in Malaysia (#23)
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  • Face Value #19
    May 28, 2020
    • Aussies not fussed (#3)
    • Trials in Indonesia (#4)
    • Japan's touchless economy (#18)
    • China privacy law (#24)
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  • Face Value #18
    May 21, 2020
    • Reuniting families (#6)
    • EU group calls for ban (#7)
    • London backs off (#11)
    • Fallout in NZ (#23)
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  • Face Value #17
    May 14, 2020
    • UK police adopting recognition (#1)
    • Gov biometrics in Amazon cloud (#2)
    • Pandemic in Central Asia (#12)
    • On the Paris Metro (#17)
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  • Face Value #16
    May 7, 2020
    • Recognising masked faces (#1)
    • Anaheim police set to use (#5)
    • AI in job hiring process? (#11)
    • TikTok faces lawsuit (#8)
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  • Face Value #15
    April 30, 2020
    • Facial recognition in cars (#1)
    • Amazon and blacklist firm (#6)
    • Utah pauses surveillance (#2+#10)
    • "Over-reliance on passwords" (#17)
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  • Face Value #14
    April 23, 2020
    • Ring and license plates (#3)
    • Use for exams in Australia (#8)
    • Surveillance system in Moscow (#11)
    • AI film casting (#15)
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  • Face Value #13
    April 16, 2020
    • Police in Canada (#4+8)
    • Biometric startup raises $100m (#12)
    • QR codes in China (#13)
    • Multifactor authentication (#24)
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  • Face Value #12
    April 9, 2020
    • Japan tech firms leverage COVID-19 (#1)
    • Masks won't prevent recognition
    • Washington State's law (#18+25)
    • Smart toilet that can recognize (#12)
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  • Face Value #11
    April 2, 2020
    • Microsoft hails Washington law
    • A passwordless future?
    • Marseille fights facial recognition
    • Detecting your emotions
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