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TSA Biometrics Industry Day (Airports Council International, Feb 08, 2019)
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) advised ACI-NA that it will be holding a Biometrics Industry Day, which will take place on Monday, March 11, 2019 from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. in the Townhall at TSA Headquarters in Pentagon City. Industry Day will focus on TSA’s exploration of biometric technology in the aviation sector.

Inside The Lobbying War Over California’s Landmark Privacy Law (Washington Post, Feb 08, 2019)
A landmark law adopted in California last year to rein in the data-collection practices of Facebook, Google and other tech giants has touched off a lobbying blitz that could water it down, potentially undermining new protections that might apply to Internet users across the country.

Germany Restricts Facebook’s Data Gathering (NYTimes, Feb 07, 2019)
In a direct challenge to Facebook’s business model, Germany’s competition authority on Thursday sharply curtailed how the tech giant may profile people, saying that users could refuse to allow the company to combine their Facebook information with data about their activities on other sites.

Is There Racial And Gender Bias In Amazon Rekognition AI? (Digital Journal, Feb 10, 2019)
A new study using algorithmic auditing, which is a key strategy to expose systematic biases embedded in software platforms, has raised concerns with Amazon's Rekognition AI in terms of racial and gender bias.

Apple HomePod 2 Will Come With Facial Recognition, According To New Leaks (Inquisitr, Feb 10, 2019)
Despite the underwhelming sales of the device, the company is rumored to be working on an updated version, HomePod 2, which may feature Face ID.

Electronic Voting Is Unreachable Without Biometrics (Post Courier, Feb 08, 2019)
Recent talks of electronic voting for Papa New Guinea becoming a reality maybe far fetched without the inclusion of biometrics, said a former chief software engineer for Electoral Commission.

Facial Biometrics Catches Impostor At JFK Airport (Fox 5 NY, Feb 08, 2019)
Federal authorities say a 26-year-old woman who arrived at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York City was caught using a passport that didn't belong to her.

Facial Recognition In Schools...Would It Work? (WXXI News, Feb 10, 2019)
A western New York school district made national headlines when it shared a plan intended to provide heightened security for students. In the aftermath of a record number of school shootings in 2018, US schools are working to be proactive to better protect students.

NGO Calls For Biometric Data Capturing Of IDPs (Leadership.ng, Feb 02, 2019)
A non-governmental organisation , Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD), has advocated the biometric data capturing of all Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the Northeast as part of measures to ascertain their exact number.

Hospitals Turn To Biometrics To Identify Patients (WSJ, Feb 06, 2019)
Record-keeping challenges mean patients are too often misidentified and given the wrong care. Technology may help with that.

How Hospitals Use Biometrics To Prevent Patient ID Errors, Speed Service (Beckers Hospital Review, Feb 08, 2019)
Correctly matching patients with their records has become more challenging as health systems acquire hospitals and clinics and treat more patients. Challenges include common and similarly spelled names and addresses that aren't updated as they change.

Member News & Views

Leidos, Mayo Clinic To Collaborate On Scaling Transformative Innovation To Benefit Patients (Leidos, Feb 07, 2019)
Leidos, a Fortune® 500 science and technology leader, and Mayo Clinic, are announcing a strategic collaboration. This collaboration will build on the combined strengths of both organizations to accelerate the research, development and market adoption of tools, technologies and therapeutics to make patients and their families more active participants in their care, ultimately helping them live happier, healthier lives.


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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