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Panel to examine UK police facial recognition system

Panel to examine UK police facial recognition system

A panel of academic and public sector experts are set to study a potential deployment of facial recognition technology by Leicestershire Police.

The study will form part of the new ethics committee’s duties.

Last month, senior police officials described the tech as significant a breakthrough for policing as the development of fingerprinting a century ago and, more recently, DNA coding.

Speaking to the Leicester Mercury, Leicestershire’s Chief Constable Simon Cole said the tech – a portable NeoFace surveillance solution made by NEC Corporation – could identify wanted criminals almost instantly.

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Police Using Biometrics on Americans… Without Consent in Unaccountable Database

Police Using Biometrics on Americans… Without Consent in Unaccountable Database

Facial recognition and biometric databases have been a reality in technology for decades, and have been used overseas by the military to assist in occupying potentially hostile populations in places like Iraq and Afghanistan.

Populations there not only face the possibility of becoming a statical civilian casualty, but are processed and tagged like cattle as well.

Now, that paradigm is coming home to roost – as spy agencies like the NSA have long planned.

Biometrics are designed for use in mass populations here in America and throughout the Western world, not just war torn locales. According to the NY Times:

Facial recognition software, which American military and intelligence agencies used for years in Iraq and Afghanistan to identify potential terrorists, is being eagerly adopted by dozens of police departments around the country to pursue drug dealers, prostitutes and other conventional criminal suspects. But because it is being usedwith few guidelines and with little oversight or public disclosure, it is raising questions of privacy and concerns about potential misuse.

Read more http://www.wakingtimes.com/2015/08/14/police-using-biometrics-on-americans-without-consent-in-unaccountable-database/

 

Inquiry into ‘toxic’ undercover policing methods gets underway

Inquiry into ‘toxic’ undercover policing methods gets underway

The three-year inquiry will examine the motivation and scope of undercover police operations, looking at their impact on individuals, establishing how operations were authorised and overseen and discovering how much officials and ministers knew, the BBC reports.

“The breadth and nature of what is being alleged is almost too big to grasp, but it fundamentally comes down to a simple question of whether elements of the police were out of control,” says the BBC‘s Dominic Casciani.

In his opening remarks, head of the inquiry Lord Justice Pitchford said the investigation would also examine evidence that undercover operations targeted people because of their political views or participation in social justice campaigns.

http://www.theweek.co.uk/64566/inquiry-into-toxic-undercover-policing-methods-gets-underway

Undercover police officers who disclose crucial evidence to a public inquiry into the covert infiltration of political groups could be given immunity from prosecution.

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/undercover-with-paul-lewis-and-rob-evans/2015/jul/28/judge-yet-to-decide-on-public-access-to-undercover-policing-inquiry

Relationships with undercover officers wreck lives. The lies must stop

Mark Kennedy’s alter ego, Mark Stone, was a lie perpetrated, overseen and supervised by the secret state. His deception was supported by fake ID and training and he was paid overtime for his troubles. A backroom of handlers and other officers tracked his movements and communications with us.

Former girlfriend of undercover spy sues corporate security firm

The woman is taking legal action against Global Open, a commercial firm hired by companies to monitor protesters. She alleges in the high court case that Mark Kennedy pursued her to start the relationship, while, she says, he worked undercover for Global Open.

Kennedy had previously worked for the police as an undercover officer and used a false identity to infiltrate environmental groups for seven years. He maintained his fake persona after he left the police.

Global Open, established by a former Special Branch officer Rod Leeming, is one of a number of private security firms that operate in a largely secretive world. Big companies, such as energy producers and arms dealers, hire firms to monitor protesters who are organising campaigns against them.

Man passes security, boards plane without a ticket

Man passes security, boards plane without a ticket

US transportation security officials are investigating how a man was able to pass through a security checkpoint without a ticket at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and board a commercial airliner, airport officials said on Monday.

“Immediately following this incident, TSA made adjustments to the DFW screening area, has added more barriers, and is working to identify other long-term solutions that may require physical adjustments to the area,” he said.

http://www.emirates247.com/offbeat/crazy-world/man-passes-security-boards-plane-without-a-ticket-2015-07-28-1.598261

 

Churches Get Creepy Facial Recognition Software to Track Members

Churches Get Creepy Facial Recognition Software to Track Members

If selling afterlife perks is your business, then getting people to believe, attend and give “voluntarily” is the whole game.

Churches just got a new way to figure out who is sleeping in on Sunday morning: facial recognition software that scans the congregation and tracks who showed up. Churchix is a product of Skakash LLC, which sells Face-Six for law enforcement, border control, and commercial applications.According to CEO Moshe Greenshpan, 30 churches have already deployed the new software and service, which could be used to target members who need a nudge or to identify potential major donors among those who attend faithfully.

Make Disciples of Every Creature

Evangelical churches often center their theology on a New Testament verse called the Great Commission: Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel every creature. They do so with good reason. Almost 40 years ago, with the publication of Richard Dawkins’s book The Selfish Gene, the broad public realized that ideas can be viral self-replicators, just like genes are. A “copy-me command” is a powerful thing, whether it prompts its host to replicate a computer virus, chain mail, species or a set of religious beliefs.

Read more http://www.wakingtimes.com/2015/07/01/churches-get-creepy-facial-recognition-software-to-track-members/

Revealed: Almost 3 Million Faces Stored On Met Police Database

Revealed: Almost 3 Million Faces Stored On Met Police Database

As the result of a Freedom of Information request it has emerged that the London Met Police are compiling a database of almost 3 million people. To put this into perspective, there are currently 8 million people living in the capital.

The database, a bespoke system call the “Facial Recognition System (FRS)” began gathering images in 2009.

http://rinf.com/alt-news/editorials/revealed-almost-3-million-faces-stored-on-met-police-database/

Churches introduce FACIAL RECOGNITION to keep track of members’ attendance

Churches introduce FACIAL RECOGNITION to keep track of members’ attendance

Churchix is software designed to pick out people’s faces from photos in order to monitor attendance or help to sort massive collections of photos from events.

It’s built using the same technology used to identify criminals, problem gamblers and terrorists at airports.

The company says the system is already being used by more than 30 churches in the USA, Asia and Europe.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/technology-science/technology/churches-introduce-facial-recognition-keep-5897247

Wonder if donations are via bitcoin…………?

Keep asking yourselves WHY?

Replace Your Face: Anti-Surveillance 3D-Printed Mask Lets You Pass As Someone Else

Replace Your Face: Anti-Surveillance 3D-Printed Mask Lets You Pass As Someone Else

Chicago-based artist Leo Selvaggio has started URME Surveillance, who aim to produce a prosthetic mask that could potentially render CCTV tracking and tracing obsolete. Different levels of product will be available, from inexpensive paper versions, to state-of-the-art 3D-printed models. Selvaggio wants to make his face available to all his users to wear in public, will full permission to anyone, anywhere to become his virtual doppelgänger.

One of the most widely deployed police and NSA surveillance systems is called Virtual Shield, and can not only track you, but can also pull up all of our corresponding information as well. The URME mask would make this impossible.

Read more  http://21stcenturywire.com/2015/06/04/replace-your-face-anti-surveillance-mask-lets-you-pass-as-someone-else/