[TL;DR] Tech news that you shouldn’t miss this 07/16

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TLDR Tech news that you shouldnt miss this 0716

Microsoft calls for regulation of facial recognition. The director of legal affairs has declared himself in favor of regulation, due to the risk that facial recognition poses to the right to privacy and individual freedoms.

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Brad Smith, President and Chief Legal Officer of Microsoft at the Web Summit in Lisbon, November 2017. Credit: G Holland / Shutterstock

Why this is important: In a blog post posted Friday, Brad Smith calls on the US government to lay the legal foundation for the use of facial recognition. “Imagine a government tracking your every move in the past month, without your permission or without you knowing itHe writes. “Imagine a database of all the people who attended a political rally. ” Companies could have the possibility to closely follow visitors or customers without their knowledge, and to use the information collected for important decisions, requesting credit or hiring for example. According to Brad Smith, worlds of films like “Minority Report” or “Enemy of the State,” or the one portrayed in George Orwell’s famous anticipatory novel “1984”, are “about to become possible.”

Nice airport inaugurates a facial recognition system. It replaces the control by a police officer, for nationals of the European Union taking or leaving an international flight.

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Why this is important: It is the second French airport platform to be equipped in this way after Aéroports de Paris. Automatic face recognition compares the traveller’s face with the photo stored in the microprocessor of their biometric passport. Technology is taking off at global airports, which are looking for ways to make passenger traffic more fluid as air traffic continues to increase. In France, the deployment of this new generation of Parafe systems (Rapid Automated Passage at External Borders) was eagerly awaited, after a summer of 2017 marked by a chaotic situation in French airports where, in the height of the tourist season, the tightening of border controls had caused long queues and the exasperation of passengers.

Orange seizes Basefarm to strengthen its position in cloud computing. In the cloud computing market, Orange Business Services claims growth of around 15% to 20% worldwide.

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Why this is important: With this acquisition, Orange intends to multiply the strike force of Orange Business Services, its subsidiary dedicated to companies, in the B2B cloud computing market. “In a context of a strongly consolidating cloud market, the acquisition of Basefarm will allow us to accelerate our international development and above all to extend our big data and critical application management services. Beyond the provision of public or private cloud infrastructure, it is indeed our ability to offer enriched and automated services, anywhere in the world, which will allow us to support companies in their cloud challenges. , big data and artificial intelligence», Estimates Helmut Reisinger, Managing Director of Orange Business Services.The European Union sets an ultimatum for Airbnb to improve its conditions of use. The American platform now has “until the end of August” to comply with European legislation.

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Why this is important: The online accommodation reservation industry has “brought many new opportunities to vacationers” But “popularity cannot be used as an excuse for not respecting the European Union’s rules on consumer protection“, The Consumer Commissioner Vera Journova warned on Monday. “Consumers should easily understand what for and how much they are supposed to pay», She stressed to the press, citing in particular the need to have clearer rules on the conditions of cancellation of a rental by an owner and to indicate more explicitly if the latter is an individual or a professional.