Microsoft advocates for government regulation of facial-recognition technology | ZDNet

On the heels of criticism of its work with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Microsoft is advocating for government to take a role in regulating facial recognition technology. Microsoft officials have said that the company’s work with ICE doesn’t include any facial-recognition work, in spite of a company blog post about ICE being a Microsoft customer that mentioned the potential for ICE to use facial recognition.

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Indian startups still don’t take data privacy seriously. Srikrishna Committee may change it soon

BENGALURU: The privacy policies of Indian consumer applications like Paytm and Flipkart do not offer the same range of data ownership and user rights as seen in international policies. This may change as the Srikrishna Committee is in the final stages of drafting the data protection bill, which will address a range of issues like consent, data localisation, ownership, purpose restrictions and the like.

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Amazon Alexa patent sparks privacy concerns

Amazon has reaffirmed its commitment to user privacy after a patent filed by the company emerged that uses ‘voice-sniffing’ technology to listen for key words in conversations. A patent filed in the US describes how listening to conversations with “sniffer algorithms” could be used to learn about customer likes and dislikes for the purpose of targeted advertising and product recommendations.

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Lindsay Lohan loses video game lawsuit

The actress Lindsay Lohan has failed in her latest attempt to sue the maker of the video game Grand Theft Auto V. Six judges at New York state’s Court of Appeals unanimously rejected her privacy case after dismissing a claim that one of the title’s characters was based on her.

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