Incident 368: Facial Recognition Smart Phone App "Blue Wolf" Monitored Palestinians in West Bank

Description: A controversial surveillance program involving facial recognition and algorithmic recommendation, Blue Wolf, was deployed by the Israeli military to monitor Palestinians in the West Bank.


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Alleged: AnyVision developed an AI system deployed by the Israel military, which harmed Palestinians residing in the West Bank.

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Face Recognition Lets Palestinians Cross Israeli Checkposts Fast, But Raises Concerns · 2019

It takes a few seconds: Palestinians place electronic ID cards on a sensor, stare at the aperture of a small black camera, then walk past panels fanning open to let them through.

Israel is upgrading its West Bank checkpoints with facial rec…

Meet Blue Wolf, the app Israel uses to spy on Palestinians in the occupied West Bank · 2021

Cameras have long been an essential tool for Israel to monitor and watch Palestinians.

But these days, technology has advanced, with sophisticated facial recognition technology now used to screen Palestinians at military checkpoints.

But it…

Israel escalates surveillance of Palestinians with facial recognition program in West Bank · 2021

HEBRON, West Bank — The Israeli military has been conducting a broad surveillance effort in the occupied West Bank to monitor Palestinians by integrating facial recognition with a growing network of cameras and smartphones, according to des…

The Israeli army is using facial recognition to track Palestinians, former soldiers reveal · 2021

The Israeli military has deployed an extensive facial recognition program to track Palestinians in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, according to a new report by The Washington Post.

Former Israeli soldiers told the Post about a smartphone te…

‘Blue Wolf’: Israel Employs Massive Facial Recognition Program in Hebron · 2021

An Israeli military checkpoint in occupied West Bank. (Photo: B'Tselem Camera Project video footage)

The Israeli army is using a massive facial recognition program in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron (Al-Khalil), a Washington Post repo…

Israel deploys sweeping facial recognition tech in West Bank: report · 2021

Israel has deployed an all-encompassing facial recognition program in the occupied West Bank over the past two years that has catalogued at least thousands of Palestinians in the territory, according to a report published on Monday.


Inside Israel’s facial recognition surveillance system · 2021

Israel has secretly rolled out a facial recognition system to monitor Palestinians in the West Bank, according to reports.

Serving and former Israeli soldiers told The Washington Post that the military has been conducting a “broad surveilla…

Israel escalates surveillance of Palestinians using facial recognition · 2021

Israel’s military is utilising facial recognition software to monitor Palestinians in the West Bank.

The sweeping surveillance effort utilises a smartphone technology called Blue Wolf and has been in operation for the past two years, as rep…

"Facebook for Palestinians": Israel's New Facial Recognition System Raises Major Concerns · 2021

Israel’s new facial recognition surveillance system, one that is being used in every corner of the West Bank, is an alarming concern. Israel has devised a surveillance system called the Wolf Pack; a desktop system and a smartphone applicati…

Have You Heard About Blue Wolf? · 2021

Earlier this month, based on testimony given by former soldiers to the anti-occupation veteran group Breaking the Silence, the Washington Post revealed the existence of Blue Wolf – the latest facial recognition technology used in the system…


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