Police’s facial recognition technology only accurate three quarters of the time

A police force’s use of facial recognition technology requires “considerable investment” to deliver consistent results, a study has concluded. Crashing computer systems and poor quality images are among the challenges South Wales Police officers have faced since rolling out the technology. The force first deployed automated facial recognition (AFR) at the 2017 Champions League final and…

Living in the smart city – solar powered pavements and roads that can charge electric cars

  From big data gathering information about pollution, water use and traffic through to smart roads capable of managing autonomous vehicles and charging electric vehicles, Fast Future's Rohit Talwar, Steve Wells and Alexandra Whittington look at what the future has in store for the smart city In the coming decades, the planet’s most heavily concentrated…

Amazon blocks Phorm from scanning its website

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Controversial ad-targeting system Phorm will be blocked from scanning Amazon’s website, according to a statement released by the company this afternoon. It’s not alone – LiveJournal, mySociety and Netmums will also be off-limits.

The system, which works by scanning for keywords on pages visited by a user and using that to send more relevant adverts, has been under fire this week, after the European Union declared that it would be bringing legal action against the UK for its data protection laws not preventing such a system.

The Open Rights Group, which works to protect digital rights and freedoms, has written to the privacy officers of Microsoft, Google, Yahoo, Facebook, AOL, Bebo, Yahoo, Amazon and eBay, asking them to block Phorm. So far, Amazon is the only company in that list to respond, but if the others start following suit then Phorm could be in even greater trouble.

(via BBC)

Abeltech DPA-702 wireless security system – the MI6 of photoframes

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Whether you want to use it as a baby monitor, for home security or just to spy on your housemates, the Abeltech DPA-702 wireless surveillance system looks like a lot of fun or at least a good way to make digital photoframes a hell of a lot more interesting.

The camera itself is not the highest of quality shooting 15fps at 480 x 240 or 24fps at 320 x 240 but then it’s probably best not to clog the 2.4GHz wireless transmitter…

Mobile phones about to become electronic tags – a passport might be required to buy one

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If you’re one of those people who likes to get angry about possible privacy invasions, this should get you nicely red-faced until well after lunchtime.

As part of the vague, all-encompassing crackdown on anything to do with “terrorism,” the government is considering adding mobile phones to its national database of who owns what – so you could be asked to hand over your passport in exchange for buying a cheap pay-as-you-go job…

Keep an eye on things with the RC Surveillance Cam

rc-surveillance-cam.jpgDo lots of people really want to set up their own home surveillance systems? Normal people, I mean, who don’t live in expensive houses that could be robbed at any minute by a passing burglar.

The makers of the RC Surveillance Cam hope there’s a market. Costing £119.95, it consists of a camera, and a handset which you use both to control the cam’s pan’n’tilt, but also to watch the live streaming footage on a 2.5-inch screen, and listen through the speakers.