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NSA facial recognition program scours web for images to identify suspects

NSA facial recognition program scours web for images to identify suspects

The US National Security Agency (NSA) has been collecting millions of images from the web and storing them in a database that can be mined by facial recognition software for identifying surveillance targets, a new report says.

Facial recognition - coming soon to a shopping mall near you

Facial recognition - coming soon to a shopping mall near you

Forget monitoring customers' smartphones. Technology giant NEC's Hong Kong branch is promoting a small, "easy to install" appliance which will enable businesses to monitor their customers based on facial recognition.

Massive FBI facial recognition database raises privacy fears

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The FBI is building a massive facial recognition database that could contain as many as 52 million images by 2015, including 4.3 million non-criminal images, according to information obtained by the EFF via a freedom of information request.

Facebook and Apple to help draft facial recognition rules

Facebook and Apple to help draft facial recognition rules

Big players that already have a lot of skin in the game are going to be whispering into the ear of the US Commerce Department. Will privacy be trampled in this facial-scanning gold rush?

San Diego quietly slips facial recognition into the hands of law enforcers

San Diego quietly slips facial recognition into the hands of law enforcers

Police and other authorities are using smartphones and tablets to snap photos in the field, without warrants or asking for subjects' permission to run their images against criminal databases. The program was rolled out without public hearings or notice, and could represent the beginning of a national rollout.

Creepy T-shirts designed to baffle Facebook facial-recognition software

Creepy shirts designed to baffle Facebook facial-reconition software

How do you fight facial recognition? You could always swap out your profile picture for that of your pet, or - this option just in - buy a T-shirt printed with creepily distorted faces of celebrity impersonators, designed to give Facebook's facial recognition technology a migraine.

Google files patent to let you unlock your phone by grimacing at it

Google files patent to let you unlock your phone by grimacing at it

The patent covers technology to match at least one facial landmark between the pre-funny-face and during-funny-face images. If Google develops the technology, we can prepare ourselves for grimacing public displays and associated melodroidma.

Monday review - the hot 15 stories of the week

Monday review

It's weekly roundup time. Here's all the great stuff we've written in the past seven days.

Face recognition API for Google Glass to be released this week

Face recognition API for Google Glass to be released this week

An API that will enable developers to program facial recognition into Google Glass apps is due to be released this week by Lambda Labs, a San Francisco startup. A co- founder says that the company will offer opt-out for face recognition, but is that enough to safeguard privacy?

Monday review - the hot 20 stories of the week

Monday review

Catch up with all the security news from the last seven days - it's weekly roundup time.

Why facial recognition couldn't identify Boston bombing suspects

Why facial recognition couldn't identify Boston bombing suspects

We have TV-inspired ideas of what facial recognition technology can do, but the reality is that it's far less useful than depicted on shows like "Homeland".

Facebook is turning facial recognition back on - so here's how to check your "photo tagging" settings

Facebook is turning its controversial facial recognition feature back on so that your "friends" can tag you more easily in photographs.

Now would be a good time to revisit your photo tagging security settings - here's how.

Facebook Photo Sync: Nine things you should know

Facebook Photo Sync: Nine things you should know

Facebook has introduced a new feature for iPhone, iPad and Android users which means you can automatically sync any photos you take on your mobile device with your Facebook account.

Here's what you should know before you enable the feature.

Monday review: the hot 18 stories of the week

Monday review: the hot 18 stories of the week

It's weekly summary time.

Here's everything we've written in the last seven days.

Under pressure, Facebook disables facial recognition in Europe

Under pressure, Facebook disables facial recognition in EU

Facebook is dropping its controversial facial recognition feature, for European users at least, following a privacy backlash from users and regulators.

But it may not be long before it returns..

WikiLeaks.org is crippled under a massive DDoS. Is the TrapWire leak to blame?

Wikileaks crippled under massive DDoS - is the TrapWire document leak the reason?

WikiLeaks says it is the victim of a massive DDoS. Is it because it leaked TrapWire's surveillance system that makes use of real-time facial profiling to search databases of red-flagged individuals?

Facial recognition comes to Google+, but unlike Facebook it's opt-in

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Google is rolling out a new feature for Google Plus users that uses facial recognition to help tag photos. Will Google's opt-in policy ease privacy concerns?

Facebook 'Girls Must Be Watch Out Of Her mind' photo-tagging scam - the lessons to learn

Facebook 'Girls Must Be Watch Out Of Her mind' photo-tagging scam - the lessons to learn

Now that Facebook has universally enabled its facial recognition service, photo-tagging has really taken off.

But photo-tagging also opens a whole new world of abuse by rogue applications: deliberately tagging you in images in which you don't appear.

SSCC 69 - Google+, Facebook facial recognition, Apple iOS SSL flaw and OS X File Vault 2

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David Schwartzberg joined Chet for this week's Chet Chat. David is a specialist in data protection and shared his thoughts on the new File Vault 2 feature in Mac OS X Lion. Dave and Chet also discussed Google+ privacy, Facebook's compromise on facial recognition and the critical vulnerability in Apple's iOS.

Apple, RSA, Facebook, spyware, scareware, DDoS - 90 Sec News - June 2011

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Don't just read the latest computer security news - watch it in 90 seconds!

Looking back over last month: Apple does anti-virus, RSA replaces tokens, Facebook stays opt-out, Macbook Peeping Tom caught, Scareware gang busted, DDoSer sentenced.