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Amid fears of a Big Brother-style society ruled by machines, the EU will urge authorities and companies to think hard before rolling out facial recognition technology.
From translation apps to facial recognition, artificial intelligence is becoming a major part of everyday life and the European Union is eager to bring order to this digital "wild west" where the US and China dominate.
A lack of regulation about the use of facial recognition technology at US schools has alarmed education officials and lawmakers who say more research is needed before rolling it out widely.
Washington Governor Jay Inslee on March 31 signed the first US state law that sharply curbs law enforcement’s use of facial recognition technology, while civil rights activists said the measure did not go far enough to protect marginalised groups.
Plans for Canadian residents to use facial scans to enter their buildings have sparked criticism from privacy campaigners calling for changes to the country's aging data protection laws.
Uber Technologies Inc is in talks to buy food delivery rival Grubhub Inc just as cities are cracking down on delivery fees.
Uber Technologies Inc’s offer to buy Grubhub Inc antagonised officials in Washington and major US cities, who were already taking steps to limit the fees companies charge restaurants and regulate their treatment of workers. If a deal between the two companies proceeds, analysts said it’s likely to face antitrust scrutiny.
Facebook said May 15 it had acquired the animated graphics startup Giphy and would integrate the company in its Instagram visual social network.
Amazon on June 10 banned police use of its face-recognition technology for a year, making it the latest tech giant to step back from law-enforcement use of systems that have faced criticism for incorrectly identifying people with darker skin.