Facial recognition bans spread across America

first_imgThe Oakland (California) City Council has voted to ban facial recognition technology. James Martin/CNET Oakland, California, has has become third city to ban the municipal use of facial recognition technology. Late Tuesday night, the Oakland City Council approved the ordinance, which requires a second and final vote that’s scheduled for Sept. 17.Oakland neighbor San Francisco in May became the first city to ban its police officers from using facial recognition technology, citing a breach of citizens’ civil liberties. The Somerville City Council in Massachusetts followed suit last month. Legal Facial recognition How San Francisco’s ban could impact facial recognition… Mobile Security Computers Politics Security Cameras Now playing: Watch this: 0 Facial recognition technology and human rights Aibo robot dogs and the people who love them 25 Photos Oakland City Council President Rebecca Kaplan, who prepared a report on the proposed ban, cited limitations of the technology, the lack of standards around its implementation, and its potential use in the persecution of minorities, according to KPIX.Matt Cagle, a technology and civil liberties attorney for American Civil Liberties Union Northern California, said it should be elected representatives making decisions on the government’s ability to collect and use facial recognition imaging.”Decisions about whether we want to hand the government the power to identify who attends protests, political rallies, church or AA meetings should not be made in the secret backroom of a police station, lobbied by corporate executives that market this technology,” Cagle said Wednesday in a statement.The ACLU said US House of Representatives on Tuesday night also passed an amendment to the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020 that would require the Director of National Intelligence to report on any government use of facial recognition technology (PDF).Reports would include information on the accuracy of the technology, as well as policies and procedures to protect human rights and First Amendment rights. The law shows Congress is recognizing “that this surveillance technology presents an unprecedented threat to our most fundamental democratic values,” said Neema Singh Guliani, ACLU senior legislative counsel. 3:04 null Share your voice San Francisco becomes first city to bar police from using facial recognition AI experts want Amazon to stop selling facial recognition tech to police Huge leaps in AI have made facial recognition smarter than your brain Why facial recognition’s racial bias problem is so hard to crack Smart home cameras bring facial recognition ethics to your front door Tagslast_img read more

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Heavy rains trigger floods landslides in Northeast 10 dead over 8 lakh

first_imgThe floods, caused by the overflowing Brahamaputra River and its tributaries, have thrown normal life out of gear.Twitter/DoordarshanAt least 10 people were killed and over 8 lakh affected by flood-related incidents, caused by the overflowing Brahamaputra River and its tributaries across Assam. Flash floods across the north-eastern states were recorded.The incessant rains also caused landslides, throwing normal life out of gear. Connectivity via road between north Bengal and Sikkim stayed disrupted by the continuous rainfall on Friday, July 12. The rail connectivity was also disrupted in Assam, with the authorities controlling rail services due to “settlement of tracks”.Officials from Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said that three people died in rain and flood-related incidents in Golaghat and Dima Hasao districts on Friday. Two people died due to flood at Bokakhat revenue circle in Golaghat, one died in a landslide in Haflong in Dima Hasao district.At least two people lost their lives in Arunachal Pradesh and three injured due to rain-related incidents. Itanagar, the state capital, has been witnessing landslips, mudslides and road blockades for several days and the district administration has ordered all schools to remains closed till Sunday.Mizoram is also affected by the rain, with two people killed in the state.While heavy rains in the region are expected till July 14, Barpeta in Assam is the worst-hit district with over 85,000 people affected. TwitterThe Kaziranga National Park has been affected too. The animals are reportedly fleeing the park, and authorities set up road barricades on the national highway passing through the park to limit speeding vehicles.The Army was called to assist the National Disaster Response Force and State Disaster Response Force for rescuing people in Assam’s Baksa district.A soldier helping a citizen during floods in Chirang District, Assam today. The Army has not been officially requisitioned for assistance in this particular area. It doesn’t matter. This is the Indian Army. No call for help goes unanswered. @adgpi pic.twitter.com/F4JDOOzHdD— Major Gaurav Arya (Retd) (@majorgauravarya) July 11, 2019The teams have rescued 1,160 persons in the state since Thursday. They have also distributed 1,281.35 quintals of rice, dal, salt and 1,493.46 litres of mustard oil, besides tarpaulin, water pouch, sanitary napkins, baby food and other essential items.last_img read more

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