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House Committee Moves on DHS and DOT Spending Measures (ACI-NA, Jun 04, 2019)
The House Appropriations Committee today released its draft Fiscal Year 2020 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill, which will be considered in subcommittee Wednesday morning. In big wins for airports, the bill calls for maintaining important TSA airport security programs and boosting CBP-officer staffing at ports-of-entry.

GAO Report: TSA Should Improve Its Oversight of BDO Activities (ACI-NA, Jun 04, 2019)
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) today released a report titled TSA Has Policies that Prohibit Unlawful Profiling But Should Improve Its Oversight of Behavior Detection Activities.

The Lawmakers to Watch as Congress Confronts Big Tech (Wall Street Journal, Jun 04, 2019)
A handful of members—both friends and foes—will play key roles as Capitol Hill increases its scrutiny of technology companies

OMB Updates Identity Management Policies (GCN, May 29, 2019)
In a push to better adapt to changing technologies, the Office of Management and Budget issued a memo updating its identity management policies. One section directs agencies to work to remove the obstacles preventing acceptance of personal identity verification (PIV) use across agencies. Another addresses non-person entities.

Congress Raises Privacy Concerns With Airport Security Pictures (ACI-NA, Jun 05, 2019)
Lawmakers on a Congressional committee that’s often sharply divided shared major privacy concerns Tuesday as they grilled representatives of the FBI and TSA about the expanding use of facial recognition technology at the nation’s airports

Minimizing Legal Risks For Retailers That Use Biometric Data (Retail Touch Points, Jun 05, 2019)
Artificial intelligence (AI) tools offer retailers large chunks of data that are helpful in creating robust customer profiles, as well as curated and frictionless customer experiences. Many retailers are aware of the benefits offered by the subset of AI tools that involve biometric data. Facial recognition technology is automating and improving the customer experience in both the online (mobile try-on features) and brick-and-mortar (cashierless stores) sales environments.

Auditor Says FBI Database of Faces Lacks Privacy Safeguards (Court House News, Jun 05, 2019)
Back for Day 2 of an oversight hearing on the government’s use of facial-recognition software, lawmakers were left momentarily and uncharacteristically speechless Tuesday as an auditor at Homeland Security detailed the FBI’s database of 640 million faces, a number that is twice the population of the United States.

Facial Recognition Technology Ramps Up, But Lacks “checks And Balances” (WCBI, Jun 05, 2019)
For the first time in the United States, some schools could start using facial recognition for security. Lockport Public Schools in western New York started testing it this week. It’s one of the many areas of society now relying on the technology — and that’s raising new privacy and civil rights concerns.

The Haves and Have-Nots of Big Data (The Nation, Jun 05, 2019)
Today, states see data as the best (and perhaps only) road towards guaranteeing security. This has led to a virtual land grab with states scrambling for more and better data. As one analyst put it: “Data is the new oil.”

Fatal Recognition: App Uses Facial Recognition to Detect Strokes (Brandingin Asia, Jun 05, 2019)
Fatal Recognition can detect the minute changes in your facial features that signal a stroke. If necessary, it will alert you to call emergency services and contact your preset person of choice. Though face drooping is one of the most common signs of a stroke, it is not always immediately identified due to the varying severity of each case. This delays the required medical attention and could potentially be fatal.

Stadiums Queensland Patrons to Be Watched By Facial Recognition Cameras (ABC, Jun 05, 2019)
If you're planning to head to Lang Park to watch the first state of origin match in Brisbane tonight, you are also being watched.Stadiums Queensland has admitted that it has recently turned on facial recognition software and is sharing that data with police.


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