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Mercadona face recognition ends with € 2.5 million fine

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Imagem supermercado Mercadona

The Spanish supermarket chain Mercadora uses a facial recognition system that has been active in 40 stores since last year. These shops are located in Mallorca, Zaragoza and Valencia. According to the description of the company, stores using this system have information boards at the entrance. However, this technology, which allows the identification of suspects in a crime and helps the authorities, has not received the approval of the Spanish data protection authority.

Mercadona’s controversial facial recognition reportedly resulted in a € 2.5 million fine from the Spanish Agency for Data Protection (AEPD).

The Mercadona permit acts as a warning for this type of system.

Mercadona has implemented a pilot project in 48 stores of its supermarket chain. According to the company, the system “does not store any additional information,” and the image is completely erased in 0.3 seconds, which is the entire identification and erasure process.

In addition, the promotion is being properly advertised in stores through information posters, as you can see in the image below:

However, the controversial facial recognition is not subject to the law, and the company was fined 2.5 million euros... The verdict came a few weeks after the Barcelona Provincial Court ruled in the same case, finding a “breach of confidentiality” in the bill.

These are the arguments of the Data Protection Agency for facial recognition Mercadona. The conclusion highlights the complexity of this type of surveillance system.

For the Mercadona company, the system is important for helping the authorities and the supermarket chain itself. In fact, the company itself mentioned that the system “applied a process filter and a second visual inspection showed that the identified person had a restraining order at the facility.”

What aspects of the facial recognition project led to the sanctions

One data protection lawyer consulted to comment on this issue, mentions among the proven facts that the project began in June 2020 and only in May 2021 it was closed in its forty establishments. So, for about a year, these establishments used face recognition technology at the entrance.

So how does the system distinguish between those who received a court order?

The company filed a lawsuit against the thief and asked the judge to take this measure. While this is considered a “good idea” for Garcia Herrero, EDPS accuses them of starting to implement the system prior to the impact assessment.

That is, the exposure report did not assess the risks associated with the company's own employees and vulnerable customers such as minors, according to EDPS.

According to the agency, biometric data are processed without sufficient grounds and basic requirements of public interest are not met.

EDPS has concluded that it has violated the General Data Protection Regulation. In particular, Article 6 (Legal Processing) and Article 9 (Processing of Special Categories of Personal Data). For this reason, a fine of two million euros is imposed, as well as other amounts for violation of other articles RGPD...

However, this the sanction was reduced by 20% because Mercadona voluntarily decided to pay, considering the absence of records of recidivism as a particularly important mitigating factor. Mercadona explains that he had judicial powers and was in close contact with the relevant authorities from the beginning, sharing all procedures with EDPS before the trial began.

However, as already mentioned, one of the reasons for the sanction is an incorrect assessment of the impact.

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Everything has been delivered. 10 Bugatti Centodieci are already in the hands of the owners

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Everything has been delivered.  10 Bugatti Centodieci are already in the hands of the owners

OAll Bugatti Centodieci have been delivered, the Molsheim-based brand said on Monday. Cristiano Ronaldo received the number 07 in October this year. and Bugatti has now revealed that the latest unit – #10 – is already in the possession of its owner.

“The Centodieci combines all the values ​​of the Bugatti brand in an extraordinary package: rarity, innovation, heritage, craftsmanship and unrivaled performance. The production batch of 10 units was so in demand by our customers that it was sold before the Centodieci. was even officially presented,” said Christophe Piochon, president of Bugatti.

This latest example is finished in Quartz White with carbon fiber trim on the bottom and matte grilles. The brake calipers are painted in Light Blue Sport, as is the logo on the rear that refers to the EB110, the iconic Bugatti model that inspired this Centodieci. Inside, the predominant color is also blue, as you can see in the images above.

This block is powered by the same block as the other nine instances. The 8.0-liter W16 with four turbines is capable of developing 1600 hp. In terms of performance, this allows the Centodieci to hit 100 km/h in just 2.4 seconds and reach a top speed of 380 km/h.

Recall that each unit costs the owners eight million euros before taxes.

Read also: We already know when the Bugatti Centodieci fell into the hands of Ronaldo.

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The first Dacia hybrid. “The cheapest hybrid family on the market”

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The first Dacia hybrid.  "The cheapest hybrid family on the market"

BUT Dacia revealed this Monday that the hybrid engine has been available since March on the Jogger, the Romanian brand’s model known to be available with a seven-seat variant.

The Jogger Hybrid 140, Dacia’s first hybrid, will hit dealerships in March, but customers can expect and order it as early as January.

The price has been revealed by Dacia and since it’s only available in the seven-seater SL Extreme, it starts at €28,800. The brand claims it is “the most affordable hybrid family car on the market.”

Available in six existing colors to celebrate the launch of this hybrid, there will be a slate gray version, as you can see in the images above.

Equipped with a 1.6 liter four-cylinder petrol engine with 90 hp, the Jogger is also powered by two electric motors (a 50 hp engine and a high-voltage starter-generator). The total power is 140 horsepower. The electric transmission is automatic, four-speed, connected to an internal combustion engine, and two speeds are connected to an electric motor. This combined technology was possible, according to Dacia, only due to the lack of clutch.

Combined with the energy recovery levels of the 1.2kWh (230V) battery pack and the efficiency of the automatic transmission, regenerative braking delivers all-electric traction on 80% of urban journeys and saves up to 40% of fuel compared to a combustion engine vehicle.

Read also: Dual-fuel Dacia Jogger Eco-G. We tried 5 seater and LPG…

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See how Tesla tests its electric Semi truck in the worst-case scenarios

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Tesla Semi camião elétrico testes

Tesla has finally been able to bring its long-awaited Semi to market. This electric truck promises to revolutionize transportation and bring all the unique characteristics of this type of electric vehicle to this class of vehicles.

Now that the first units have been delivered, there is hope that they will finally be mass-produced and reach more transport companies. With so many promises to be kept, a new video is now emerging showing Tesla testing its Semi truck under worst-case scenarios.


Tesla Semi is already on the market

Like all Tesla electric vehicles, Semi follows the same line of creating a unique design associated with a platform with the most modern technology available. The proof is in what was presented to the public and surprised most people.

To prove the quality of this new proposal, Tesla published in your LinkedIn account new video. In it, he reveals some of the testing he's done to determine the strength and quality of the Semi's design and its (potential) durability.

Tests to prove its durability

It has been revealed that the Tesla electric truck is subjected to numerous tests and its application in the worst scenarios that drivers may face. It doesn't stop at the ruggedness of the Semi's designs, but goes further and focuses on the motors and batteries themselves.

This is the proof that many have been waiting for to ensure that this new proposal is not limited to a lot of autonomy. Its resistance is great and will provide greater durability, further enhancing the Semi's value and performance.

high quality electric truck

Tesla has already showcased the Semi's quality with a video showing its truck driving roughly 500 miles on just one charge. The big news here is that he managed to make this long journey with a maximum load of about 37 tons.

Now Tesla remains to widely place the Semi on the market. At the moment, only a few companies have access to this new product, with a very long list of pending deliveries, who want to start mass-using this electric truck offering.

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