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Border Agency Cyberattack Likely Exposed Traveler Photos (Wall Street Journal, Jun 10, 2019)
A federal subcontractor working for U.S. Customs and Border Protection suffered a malicious cyberattack that compromised likely tens of thousands of photos of travelers’ faces and their vehicles’ license plates, officials said.

Using Smartphones to Pay? That’s So Yesterday in China (Wall Street Journal, Jun 11, 2019)
Chinese consumers can pay at some retail stores by simply looking into facial-recognition machines at checkout

Anger at Big Tech Unites Noodle Pullers and Code Writers. Washington Is All Ears. (NY Times, Jun 11, 2019)
A wide range of companies are lining up to complain about Silicon Valley’s power as lawmakers and regulators step up their scrutiny of Big Tech.

The Biometric Time and Attendance System Laws You Should Know ( Business News Daily , Jun 10, 2019)
There was a time when using a fingerprint or facial scan in the workplace was reserved for highly sensitive jobs or top-secret government positions. Today, however, biometrics are increasingly common in all types of businesses.

Facial Recognition Smart Glasses Could Make Public Surveillance Discreet And Ubiquitous (The Verge , Jun 11, 2019)
A new product from UAE firm NNTC shows where this tech is headed next

Facial Recognition Data Collected By U.S. Customs Agency Stolen By Hackers (Salon, Jun 11, 2019)
One of the key fears that critics of mass surveillance and the proliferation of facial recognition technology have warned about has been realized with new reporting Monday that a "malicious cyber attack" has resulted in photos of airport passengers and other personal data harvested by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol have been stolen by unknown actors.

Don’t Smile For Surveillance: Why Airport Face Scans Are A Privacy Trap (Washington Post , Jun 11, 2019)
Here’s the reality: So far, airport facial recognition has very little to do with increasing flight security. Passengers are already screened for that by humans and machines. And the face-scanning systems end up relying on human checks a lot more often than officials like to talk about.

Amazon Will Serve Any Government Agency With Facial Recognition Technology, So Long As It’s Legal (Venture Beat, Jun 11, 2019)
The head of Amazon.com Inc’s cloud computing division on Monday said the company would work with any government agency that followed the law, in contrast with rival Microsoft Corp, which has touted its rejection of controversial sales.

Amazon’s Facial Recognition Boss Wants The Feds To Hurry Up With Regulation (Vox, Jun 11, 2019)
Otherwise, AWS CEO Andy Jassy said, “you’ll have 50 different laws in 50 different states.”

PARAS Special Announcement (Safe Skies, Jun 11, 2019)
Safe Skies has released a new RFP under our Program for Applied Research in Airport Security (PARAS). The RFP for PARAS 0024 Consolidated Receiving and Distribution Facilities at Airports can be found on our website here and closes on July 18. Please contact jessica.grizzle@sskies.org with any questions regarding PARAS or proposal submission.


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