Microsoft’s chief legal officer on Friday called for regulation of facial recognition technology due to the risk to privacy and human rights. Brad Smith made a case for a government initiative to lay out rules for proper use of facial recognition technology, with input from a bipartisan and expert commission.
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.
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.
Two Danish ISPs have won their long-running battle to prevent the identities of alleged pirates being handed over to copyright trolls. With the trolls’ activities being described as “mafia-like”, ISPs Telenor and Telia argued that IP address logs should only be used in serious criminal cases.
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.
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.
Apple Inc. is revamping privacy controls for its devices and cloud services to comply with strict new European rules as Facebook Inc. faces a user privacy backlash. The iPhone maker said it will update its web page for managing Apple IDs in coming months to let users download a copy of all their data stored with the company.
NEW DELHI: As the new European Union data protection regulation comes into being two months from now, episodes such as the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica controversy will be tough to orchestrate, a top executive of the European Commission told ET in an interview, terming the revelations as “worrying”.
NEW DELHI: Arguing that digital identity can become a surveillance and privacy disaster, Mozilla Corporation has asked the Justice BN Srikrishna committee to draft a strong data protection law to avoid disaster in an open letter.