So, sorry for the lateness of the newsletter.
Two really big judgments this week. First, the European Court of Human Rights had its first real facial recognition case, the findings are relatively limited – but its obviously significant as a first. What is particularly notable is that they classified (appropriately, i think) facial recognition as ‘highly intrusive’ and so deserving of higher rights protection. This creates a potential conflict with UK law on the issue. Second, the Court of Justice of the European Union had a really interesting (and for me to say that re: data protection case, means yeah, quite interesting!) case looking at Facebook’s model re targeted advertising (and obtaining data from third party sites). Its worth a read, and reading commentators much more expert than me, but it is interesting that ‘legitimate interest’ was held not to be a lawful basis for processing, and while ‘consent’ could provide the basis, an individuals ability to provide that consent in the face of such a monopoly was questioned. Worth a read if you are so inclined, or a story linked below.
This is an old story, but i had missed it. Its about the resolution of cameras linked to the potential for facial recognition, but discussing how some photo’s taken in Shanghai can (or could its a few years old) see people’s faces from miles away. On and on that, check out the story about the hacker and Hikvision. Not cool.
There is also some discussion of the UK’s ever ‘impressive’ efforts in the online safety bill, and what a disaster it would be for well, the UK.
The economist also has an interesting series on technology and war, linked below.
Hope you have a good week, and perhaps correlating to how late this newsletter is, today’s song… (obviously normally we all love monday’s because of the newsletter though? … right?) (Also the take in this song is pretty problematic, as it ignores the massive abuse this child was subject to, but just listen for the chorus and the dramatic intro).
Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, USA: Anti-bias law for hiring algorithms goes into effect in New York City
F1 British Grand Prix: Facial recognition at Silverstone being used – BBC News (placement of this story after previous one entirely coincidental)
Financial Times, How much should we fear artificial intelligence?
Business Insider, AI may be able to predict your political views based on how attractive you are, a recent study found (come on, you would have clicked too)
Economist Series on technology and war
In – or out? Wimbledon considers replacing line judges with AI (this is just me trying to be relevant)