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Customs and border patrol will be using a new facial recognition system to try and find immigration violators. The new technology is being used to help identify foreigners who stay in the United States too long. “We do see people trying to use the legitimate document, but it belonging to someone else, to conceal their identity,” Customs and Border Protection Deputy Assistant Commissioner John Wagner said, “and we are vulnerable to that.” The technology compares photos in passports with the faces of the people presenting them and rates how likely they are to be a […]

After several community meetings, a San Jose city commission has decided to endorse use of a police drone. The pilot project still needs approval from the city council, but this marks an important step for police in getting the public to buy in. More.

The new “Hello Barbie,” continues to make the news as privacy advocates are concerned about its features. Barbie connects to Wi-Fi and records children’s voice commands. Those commands are sent to an external server to improve voice command tech. the creepiness is in the fact that it’s getting to know children on a very personal level. The Campaign For a Commercial-Free Childhood view the new Barbie as the start of a new trend in marketing privacy children. Imagine your children playing with a Wi-Fi-connected doll that records their conversations–and then transmits them to a corporation […]

As a parent Adam Sheffield says he worries about his Xbox Kinect being capable of spying on his family in their home, “It recognizes him when he enters the room and says “Hi.” The question a lot of people have, what’s that data being used for?” Sheffield is a Cyber Security Program Manager and he says there is a good reason to be worried, “You should assume anything that can connect to internet – push info out, is a source of collection.” And this applies to more than just gaming devices – computers, TV’s, cellphones […]

A new Barbie doll has been designed to record and store conversations it has with children. The recordings will be analyzed by researchers who say they will use the data to make the toy’s responses more complete. “Whatever we come away with as our first blush attempt at the conversations, we’ll see what kids want to talk about or not. We’ll take our honest best guess at that and then see what comes back, and then that will change and evolve over time as those conversations happen between individual children and Barbie dolls,” Oren Jacob, […]

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