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Facial recognition smartwatches to be used to monitor foreign offenders in UK

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Migrants who have been convicted of a criminal offence will be required to scan their faces up to five times a day using smartwatches installed with facial recognition technology under plans from the Home Office and t...

The Booker longlist is thoughtfully curated and gives Alan Garner overdue recognition

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It’s taken over half a century, but the Booker longlisting of Alan Garner is recognition at last for an under-sung national treasure too often pigeonholed as “just” a children’s writer. Over the decades his writing ha...

Facial recognition cameras in UK retail chain challenged by privacy group

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Shoppers at a grocery store chain across southern England are being surveilled with facial recognition cameras, prompting a legal complaint by civil rights campaigners. The privacy group Big Brother Watch has submitte...

Bunnings and Kmart halt use of facial recognition technology in stores as privacy watchdog investigates

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Kmart and Bunnings have paused the use of facial recognition technology in their stores, amid an investigation from Australia’s privacy regulator. Consumer group Choice last month revealed Bunnings and Kmart were usin...

Privacy watchdog to investigate Bunnings and Kmart over use of facial recognition technology

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Australia’s privacy watchdog has launched an investigation into retail giants Bunnings and Kmart over their use of facial recognition technology in some stores. Consumer group Choice last month revealed Bunnings and K...

Scotland’s gender recognition reform is a ‘recipe for bad law’, say campaigners

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The process for reforming gender recognition law in Scotland has so far been “exceptionally poor and a recipe for bad law”, opposition campaign groups and policy analysts have told a Holyrood committee. Addressing the...

Trans people ‘not an ideology’, MSPs weighing gender recognition reform told

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MSPs have been urged to keep foremost in their minds that trans people are “human beings wanting to go about their daily lives”, as a Holyrood committee begins taking evidence on a draft bill that aims to streamline t...

Taliban reversal on girls’ education derails US plan for diplomatic recognition

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The US was poised to set the Taliban on the path to diplomatic recognition before the plan was derailed by the Afghan rulers’ sudden U-turn on a promise to allow girls’ education, the Guardian understands. The group p...

Ukraine uses facial recognition software to identify Russian soldiers killed in combat

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Ukraine is using facial recognition software to help identify the bodies of Russian soldiers killed in combat and track down their families to inform them of their deaths, Ukraine’s vice-prime minister told the Reuter...

New Yorkers in high stop-and-frisk areas subject to more facial recognition tech

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New Yorkers who live in areas where controversial stop-and-frisk searches happen most frequently are also more likely to be surveilled by facial recognition technology, according to research by Amnesty International a...

The Observer view on the EHRC decision on Scotland’s gender recognition reforms

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It is not uncommon for people’s fundamental rights to come into conflict. Democracies need legal frameworks and judicial systems that enable these conflicts to be resolved fairly and with civility. In the UK, the Equa...

UK equalities watchdog urges Scotland to pause gender recognition reforms

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The UK’s equalities watchdog has written to the Scottish government asking it to pause plans to simplify the legal requirements for gender recognition. LGBT+ equality campaigners hit back at the unexpected interventio...

US sanctioned China’s top facial recognition firm over Uyghur concerns. It still raised millions

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SenseTime, China’s largest facial recognition startup, has come under increasing scrutiny by the US government for its alleged role in the surveillance of Uyghurs. Over the past two years, the US has used sanctions t...

Why am I being abused for trying to improve the gender recognition process?

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It is 17 years since the Gender Recognition Act was enacted in the UK, permitting those aged over 18 to have their acquired gender legally recognised and recorded on a new birth certificate, as long as certain criteri...

Why is Facebook shutting down its facial recognition system and deleting ‘faceprints’?

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Facebook has announced it is deleting about 1bn “faceprints” it used as part of a facial recognition system for photo tagging, citing concerns with the technology. Meta, the company formally known as Facebook, announc...

Facebook to shut facial recognition system and delete 1bn ‘faceprints’

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Facebook will delete the “faceprints” of more than a billion people after announcing that it is shutting down its facial recognition system due to the “many concerns” about using the technology. The social media netwo...

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