Speed Read

Why 2019 Might Finally Bring A National Privacy Law For The US (Yahoo News, Dec 31, 2018)
The most surprising moment in a turbulent year for online privacy may have come in a House Judiciary Committee hearing in early December—when a Republican from Texas said the U.S. needed to follow the European Union’s lead.

The FBI Is Trying Amazon’s Facial-Recognition Software (Nextgov, Jan 03, 2019)
The FBI is piloting Amazon’s facial matching software—Amazon Rekognition—as a means to sift through mountains of video surveillance footage the agency routinely collects during investigations.

Best Way To Secure Your Phone: Fancy Biometrics Or An Old-School Password? (My Smart Price, Jan 04, 2019)
Even if your phone’s face recognition is not that safe, there’s no reason to panic. Nobody is going to invest so much time and money to 3D print your head. However, if you are convinced that you are so important that people will go to these lengths, then it is worth finding a more secure alternative.

Data Breach Predictions: 6 Hacks That Will Likely Happen In 2019 (The Spectrum, Dec 31, 2018)
The year 2018 was another banner one for cybercriminals. Massive data breaches, ATM skimmers and malware attacks dominated the headlines throughout the year. But no matter which type of attack the scammers use, their final goal is always the same. To steal our personal information and our money.

How To Choose The Best ID Verification Provider For Your Business (Forbes, Dec 27, 2018)
In the digital age, more business transactions are occurring online. Customers do not have to be present to conduct business, creating new challenges for companies. Companies must make sure that they only do business with legitimate individuals. This challenge has given rise to a new identity verification solution industry aimed at verifying customer identities in customer-not-present scenarios.

Second-Gen Facial Recognition Tech Aims To Improve Biometric Security (Tech Republic, Jan 03, 2019)
Facial recognition technology is getting a second look from solutions vendors, though legal frameworks for how biometrics are used are out of date.

Sony Promises Better Face Identification Through Depth-Sensing Lasers (The Verge, Jan 02, 2019)
Sony, the global leader in imaging sensors — both for smartphones and professional DSLR and mirrorless cameras — is eager to establish itself as the go-to supplier for the next generation of visual-processing chips with a set of new 3D sensors.

Facial Recognition Tech Can Minimize Racial Discrimination (Newsday, Dec 28, 2018)
It is easy to fall into the trap of demonizing an emerging technology that is not yet well-understood. But policymakers should give facial recognition a chance to prove its value and not rush to pre-judge the technology.

Emotion-Reading Tech Fails The Racial Bias Test (The Conversation, Jan 03, 2019)
Facial recognition technology has progressed to point where it now interprets emotions in facial expressions. Unfortunately, this technology struggles to interpret the emotions of black faces. A new study, published last month, shows that emotional analysis technology assigns more negative emotions to black men’s faces than white men’s faces.

Canadian Court Slams Uber’s Arbitration Process (WSJ, Jan 02, 2019)
Uber Technologies Inc. lost some of its legal clout with contract drivers in Canada’s largest province after Ontario’s highest court ruled its process for arbitrating disputes were not only unlawful but “unconscionable.”

Member News & Views

HID Condition Monitoring Solution (Facility Executive, Jan 02, 2019)
HID Global® announced it has dramatically elevated the machine learning capabilities in its HID Condition Monitoring solution through high-bandwidth vibration sensors that help manufacturing facilities employ AI-based technology to monitor the health and performance of motors, rotating equipment, and other assets.


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