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Microsoft: It Would Be Cruel To Stop Government Agencies Using Facial Recognition Software (LMT Online, Feb 03, 2019)
Microsoft President Brad Smith told Business Insider that it would be "cruel" to stop government agencies from using facial recognition software.
 

WhatsApp Adds Support For Face ID/Touch ID Biometric Lock On iOS (Tech Crunch, Feb 04, 2019)
WhatsApp users updating to the latest version of the messaging app on iOS will find a new setting lurking at the bottom of the Privacy menu that adds support for Apple’s biometric authentication technologies.
 

One School District’s Security Upgrade: Facial Recognition, Tracking IDs And AR-15s (WSJ, Feb 03, 2019)
The school district here uses a facial recognition system to scan for people not allowed on school grounds. IDs track the whereabouts of students and staff. Teachers have cellphone panic buttons to alert police and soon will have special locks on classroom doors that can be activated remotely. 
 

San Francisco Is Considering A Bill That Would Ban Law Enforcement From Using Facial Recognition Software. (Slate, Feb 04, 2019)
Police use of facial recognition technology usually only makes the headlines when it’s connected to a high-profile crime. But it’s increasingly being deployed in more mundane circumstances: There have been reports of police departments employing facial recognition to spot criminals from gas station security footage, identify suspects who aren’t carrying photo ID, and assist in social media surveillance. To many advocates, that’s a worrisome trend.
 

New York City's Hunt For Best Cyber Innovation Leads To Israel (Jerusalem Post, Jan 30, 2019)
The initiative has been fueled by a $30 million investment by the City of New York, and a further $70 million in private funding, and aims to produce 10,000 jobs within five years.
 

Facial Recognition Use By North Texas Police Grows Along With Privacy Concerns (CBS Dallas, Feb 04, 2019)
The CBS 11 News I-Team discovered facial recognition is used by more than a half dozen North Texas law enforcement agencies, in some cases with little public awareness.
 

Arrests Made During Trial Of Facial Recognition Technology In Romfo (Metropolitan Police, Feb 01, 2019)
Three arrests [A], [B] and [C], were as a direct result of the facial recognition technology identifying individuals wanted by police for violence offences. The other five arrests, [D], [E], [F], [G], [H] were proactive arrests as part of the wider operation.
 

Facial Recognition Boarding Comes To Miami International Airport (Airport World, Feb 04, 2019)
Lufthansa passengers flying out of Miami International Airport are now able to board their flight with the quick click of a camera instead of a boarding pass and passport, thanks to the airport’s launch of biometric exit technology.


Member News & Views

Cognitec Upgrades Its Products With NIST-Acclaimed Algorithm (Cognitec, Feb 04, 2019)
Cognitec’s research and development team has finalized the next generation of the company’s industry-leading face matching algorithm, resulting in new releases of the complete product portfolio containing this superior technology.


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connect:ID 2019, Washington, DC (April 29 - May 1, 2019) (IBIA, Apr 29, 2019)
connect:ID is an innovative international conference and free global exhibition that focus on identity technologies and their management in both the physical and digital worlds. Its mission is to showcase the potential of next-generation identity solutions, and to highlight how disruptive technology and policy decisions are driving much needed change.

 

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