Surveillance and Privacy
Following the debate and consequence of technology's bargain with consumers: convenience and safety in exchange for unprecedented access to our personal lives.
Moscow court says the city can keep its new, massive facial recognition camera program
The Chinese government allegedly gave Huawei sensitive facial recognition data to help it compete with Apple's Face ID
London police will deploy live facial recognition cameras
The White House wants to relax AI regulations
The US bans exports of AI software that analyzes satellite imagery
Chinese citizens now have to pass a facial recognition test when registering a new mobile number
AI-enabled technologies produce and rely on vast troves of personal data, most of which is unregulated and vulnerable to theft and misuse.
These technologies include:
- Facial recognition: It helps users unlock their smartphones. It also helps police in China track criminal suspects and monitor members of the Uyghur ethnic minority.
- Personalization: It helps consumers make necessary purchases and discover entertainment, but also encourages developers to collect personal data from increasingly far-flung sources.
- Voice assistants: They help users answer questions, create calendar events, and set alarms. They also record audio accidentally, and until recently relied on human reviewers to listen to private audio to improve their responses.
- Smart home products: Similar to voice assistants, these products allow users to remotely operate appliances, set temperatures and access security footage. They also collect a vast amount of private information about the home life of their users.