San Francisco first US city to ban facial recognition by police

Ban puts US city at the forefront of increasing discontent over the technology used by government agencies for years. City Supervisor Aaron Peskin speaks before the vote on a surveillance technology ban that he sponsored in San Francisco [Jeffrey Dastin/Reuters] San Francisco has become the first US city to ban the use of facial recognition technology by police or other government agencies. Officials on Tuesday voted 8 to 1 to ban the purchase and use of facial recognition technology by city personnel, in a move to regulate tools that local…

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Spyware discovered targeting phones through WhatsApp calls

The malware was able to penetrate phones through missed calls via the application’s voice calling function. Spyware crafted by an “advanced cyber actor” infected multiple targeted mobile phones through the WhatsApp messaging service without any user intervention through in-app voice calls. The malware was able to penetrate phones through missed calls alone via the application’s voice calling function, a spokesperson for the Facebook subsidiary said on Monday. An unknown number of mobile phones were infected by the malware, which the company said it discovered in early May, according to the…

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