Ritchie Torres was appalled. In March, the New York City Council Member learned from the New York Times that the iconic sports and entertainment arena Madison Square Garden, the legendary home to the Knicks and the Rangers and an endless parade of arena performers, has used facial recognition software to scan the faces of spectators upon entrance. Details remain scant, but the technology is meant to identify “problem” attendees by matching their faces to those stored in a database. Using the largely unregulated technology–and not telling the public what was being done with their faces–“radically challenges privacy as we know it,” says Torres, who represents the Bronx. In October, he introduced a bill that aims to bring a modicum of transparency to businesses’ use of the biometric technology, as well as iris and fingerprint scanning, by requiring businesses to conspicuously disclose the use of the technology at business entrances. … [Read more...] about A New York City lawmaker is taking on companies that mine your face
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New York City‘s streets saw 200 deaths last year, the lowest number ever recorded. However, Pedestrian and motorcycle deaths saw an increase over 2017. The total reduction is thanks in part to the Mayor’s Vision Zero plan which went into effect about three years ago. Some advocates are hoping a congestion charge on vehicles entering Manhattan could help reduce the number of deaths even more. New York City saw its lowest number of traffic deaths in the 108-years that the data has been recorded, the New York Times first reported Wednesday. Some 200 people died on city streets in the five boroughs in 2018, according to data released by City officials, 114 of which were pedestrians. That’s down from a total of 222 in 2017. Here’s the full rundown: Pedestrian and motorcycle deaths were the only categories to record an uptick in 2018. Vision Zero was adopted by Mayor Bill de Blasio in 2014 with the goal of eliminating traffic deaths in the city by 2024. … [Read more...] about New York City streets just had their safest year in recorded history, but there’s still plenty of room for improvement
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index New York Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper New York | Hundreds of Complaints Flood In About New York Store Signs, but From Whom? Supported by ByKaren Zraick Dec. 11, 2018 The calls to 311 started to pick up steam about a year ago. They were complaints about an arcane New York City statute requiring special permits for businesses to hang signs or awnings larger than six square feet. The caller — or callers — was clearly targeting certain commercial strips, making complaints in batches, as on Nov. 26, when calls came in reporting 25 businesses along a two-block stretch of Eighth Avenue in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. The businesses did not have a license for their signs, the complaints said. But it wasn’t just a couple of days of calls, city data shows. In Brooklyn, the hardest-hit borough, 234 calls about illegal signage were made to New York … [Read more...] about Hundreds of Complaints Flood In About New York Store Signs, but From Whom?
US mail bomb suspect claims Philippine ties Prosecutors accused Sayoc of threatening to injure his intended targets, violating federal law by sending the devices through the U.S. Postal Service, and other charges. If found guilty on the most serious charges, he could be sentenced to life in prison. The packages Sayoc is accused of mailing to Hillary Clinton, former CIA director John Brennan, actor-director Robert De Niro, and former national intelligence director James Clapper contained photos of the recipients that were marked "with a red 'X,'" prosecutors said. US probes pipe bombs sent to Trump foes Obama, Clinton, CNN The indictment did not include federal prosecutors' previous allegations that Sayoc mailed similar bomb-laden packages to former Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton and former Vice President Joe Biden. The federal law definition of a weapon of mass destruction includes destructive devices such as bombs, grenades or rockets that are "designed or intended to … [Read more...] about Fil-Am pipe bomb suspect indicted in New York
Paul Farhi, The Washington Post Published 2:23 pm PDT, Wednesday, October 24, 2018 CNN correspondent Kate Bolduan reports from in front of the Time Warner Building, where NYPD personnel removed an explosive device Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018, in New York. Other packages were sent to the offices of Gov. Andrew Cuomo and to the home of President Bill Clinton. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen) less CNN correspondent Kate Bolduan reports from in front of the Time Warner Building, where NYPD personnel removed an explosive device Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018, in New York. Other packages were sent to the offices ... more Photo: Kevin Hagen, Associated Press This Image obtained by CNN shows a suspected explosive device received at the CNN bureau in New York City on October 24, 2018. The device was addressed to former CIA Director John Brennan. - Suspected explosive devices were sent to former president Barack Obama, defeated … [Read more...] about CNN finds itself at the center of the news as a mail bomb forces evacuation of its New York office