• Real-Time Face Recognition Threatens to Turn Cops' Body Cameras Into Surveillance Machines.

    Last year, a Russian startup announced that it could scan the faces of people passing by Moscow's thousands of CCTV cameras and pick out wanted criminals or missing persons. Unlike much face recognition technology - which runs stills from videos or photographs after the fact - NTechLab's FindFace algorithm has achieved a feat that once only seemed possible in the science fictional universe of "Minority Report": It can determine not just who someone is, but where they've been, where they're going, and whether they have an outstanding warrant, immigration detainer, or unpaid traffic ticket.

  • Prosecutions against dozens of suspected mobsters halted, but Crown vague on why. I guess we'll see more of this in the coming years.

    Several dozen suspected members of the Montreal Mafia could walk free after federal prosecutors decided to halt proceedings against them today.

    But prosecutors are vague about the reasons for the decision, raising speculation they are uneasy about evidence gathered using a secretive and controversial surveillance technique.



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