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Biometrics Can Make Schools Safer, But Privacy Concerns Persist (Education Dive, May 09, 2019)
International Biometrics + Identity Association, a trade group representing the biometrics industry, recommends schools develop rules about who has access to the biometric data. Audits should also be performed to make sure those databases are safe.

PreCheck Bill; CBP Staffing; FAA Nominee Support; Senate UAS Hearing (ACI-NA, May 10, 2019)
Senators John Thune (R-SD) and Gary Peters (D-MI), both members of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, on Tuesday introduced S. 1349, the Secure Traveler Act, which would expand enrollment in TSA PreCheck for individuals who have passed extensive background checks, like federal employees holding an active security clearance and law enforcement officers, so they would not have to have a second background check when applying for PreCheck.

Child-Care Site Care.com Boosts Vetting After Scrutiny (Wall Street Journal, May 09, 2019)
Online child-care marketplace Care.com Inc. said it plans to overhaul its business model to include in-depth background checks and other screening procedures for caregivers after its vetting practices came under scrutiny.

France Steps Up Global Tech Scrutiny With Social-Media Policing (Wall Street Journal, May 10, 2019)
France intends to introduce laws that would create a “duty of care” for widely used social-media companies, requiring them to moderate hate speech published on their platforms, according to French officials, speaking ahead of a Friday meeting between French President Emmanuel Macron and Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg.

Artificial Intelligence: When Humans Coexist with Robots (Medium.Com, May 10, 2019)
Despite fears of a machine takeover, brainpower will still be necessary. Such ‘hybrid systems’ require…

Giving Algorithms a Sense of Uncertainty Could Make Them More Ethical (Medium.Com, May 10, 2019)
Algorithms are best at pursuing a single mathematical objective — but humans often want multiple incompatible…

Google Is Finally Copying Apple’s Approach to Privacy (One Zero , May 10, 2019)
If you were watching Google’s I/O keynote this week, you heard one phrase repeated over and over: “on your device.” This easily overlooked phrase marks a subtle but important shift in philosophy for a company that’s spent years collecting massive troves of user data. Instead of sending every bit of information about you to a far-off server farm, Google is following Apple’s example of analyzing data on your phone, supposedly without ever sharing it with the company.

Biometrics Can Protect Our Borders — Along With Our Privacy (The Hill, May 10, 2019)
Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has been expanding its biometric programs with the use of facial recognition technology for inbound passengers, achieving early success both in identifying imposters attempting to enter the U.S. and improving the efficiency of the screening process itself.

Blockchain, Biometrics: Utah Taps New Tech to Serve Citizens (Gov Tech, May 10, 2019)
The state of Utah is well-known for innovation. It was one of the first to deploy an Alexa app to help new drivers practice for their driving test, the first (as far as we know) to pass legislation allowing autonomous vehicles to operate sans drivers and it’s one of several states with a central cybersecurity command center. So it should come as no surprise that it is looking to the next big innovation.

Forget Russia, China, and Iran — Up to 80% of Cybersecurity Threats Are Closer to Home (Forbes, May 10, 2019)
Most businesses should focus on the threats from inside their organizations — a risk that in the U.S., despite the efforts to make everyone


Leveraging Technology To Enhance Transportation Security (Federal Bar Association and Transportation Security Administration, May 10, 2019)
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