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MPs call for halt to police’s use of live facial recognition

MPs call for halt to police’s use of live facial recognition

The police and other authorities should suspend use of automatic facial recognition technologies, according to an influential group of MPs. The House of Commons Science and Technology committee added there should be no further trials of the tech until relevant regulations were in place. It raised accuracy and bias concerns. And it warned that police […]

Google’s Project Dragonfly ‘terminated’ in China

Google’s Project Dragonfly ‘terminated’ in China

Google’s controversial plan to launch a censored search engine in China has been “terminated”, a company executive has said. The project was reported to have ceased late last year but rumours that it remained active persisted. “We have terminated Project Dragonfly,” Google executive Karan Bhatia told the US Senate Judiciary Committee. Buzzfeed, which reported the new comments, said […]

Data of ‘nearly all adults’ in Bulgaria stolen

Data of ‘nearly all adults’ in Bulgaria stolen

Personal data belonging to millions of Bulgarians has been stolen in a cyber-attack on the country’s tax agency. According to a local cyber-security researcher, most adults in the country of seven million people are likely to have had some data compromised. Bulgarian authorities have arrested a 20-year-old man on suspicion of involvement in the attack. […]

Elon Musk reveals brain-hacking plans

Elon Musk reveals brain-hacking plans

NeuraLink, a company set up by Elon Musk to explore ways to connect the human brain to a computer interface, has applied to US regulators to start trialling its device on humans. The system has been tested on a monkey that was able to control a computer with its brain, according to Mr Musk. The […]

Apple defends removing parental control apps

Apple defends removing parental control apps

Apple has defended its decision to remove a number of parental control apps from the App Store, citing security concerns. Several app-makers complained to the New York Times that Apple had taken their products off sale when it launched its own similar tools. But Apple said the apps were removed because they “put users’ privacy and security […]

Millions using 123456 as password, security study finds

Millions using 123456 as password, security study finds

  Millions of people are using easy-to-guess passwords on sensitive accounts, suggests a study. The analysis by the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) found 123456 was the most widely-used password on breached accounts. The study helped to uncover the gaps in cyber-knowledge that could leave people in danger of being exploited. The NCSC said […]

PS Vita: The end of Sony handheld gaming?

PS Vita: The end of Sony handheld gaming?

Sony has officially ended production of its PS Vita games console. The handheld console has been gradually phased out over the past few years – and this weekend Sony announced it would be discontinuing the Vita’s final two models. The PS Vita struggled against rival devices as well as a surge in the popularity of […]

YouTube takes ads off ‘anti-vax’ video channels

Many YouTube channels pushing anti-vaccination conspiracy theories will no longer get money from adverts. On Friday, YouTube stopped serving ads to lots of popular channels that promote such views. It took the step following protests from firms who discovered their adverts were running alongside the controversial videos. The World Health Organization said anti-vaccine views were […]

Teen has vaccinations after asking Reddit

Ethan Lindenberger from Ohio asked social media site Reddit if he could have vaccines without parental consent. His mother would not give her permission, he wrote in the post, which had thousands of reactions. He learned he had to wait until he was 18 – which he did, and has now had five vaccinations so […]

Amazon: Facial recognition bias claims are ‘misleading’

Amazon has defended its facial-recognition tool, Rekognition, against claims of racial and gender bias, following a study published by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The researchers compared tools from five companies, including Microsoft and IBM. While none was 100% accurate, it found that Amazon’s Rekognition tool performed the worst when it came to recognising women […]

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