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Lawmakers See Benefits in Facial Recognition at Borders, Despite Concerns (Wall Street Journal, Feb 10, 2020)
Several House lawmakers expressed reservations Thursday about increasing use of facial recognition to identify people entering the country, but their views didn’t sway U.S. customs officials and other House members who said the technology promises to make the nation safer.

The Government Uses ‘Near Perfect Surveillance’ Data on Americans (NY Times, Feb 10, 2020)
Congressional hearings are urgently needed to address location tracking.

Facial Recognition Moves Into a New Front: Schools (NY Times, Feb 10, 2020)
A district in New York has adopted the technology in the name of safety. Opponents cite privacy and bias concerns.

An Algorithm That Grants Freedom, or Takes It Away (NY Times, Feb 10, 2020)
Across the United States and Europe, software is making probation decisions and predicting whether teens will commit crime. Opponents want more human oversight.

Clearview’s Facial Recognition App Is Identifying Child Victims of Abuse (NY Times, Feb 10, 2020)
Though a breakthrough for law enforcement, the technique could allow the little-known start-up to collect an extraordinarily sensitive set of data and images.

Don’t Sell My Data! We Finally Have A Law For That (Washington Post , Feb 10, 2020)
With apologies to the Beastie Boys: You gotta fight for your right to privacy. America's first broad data privacy law, the California Consumer.

Federal Agencies Use Cellphone Location Data For Immigration Enforcement (Wall Street Journal, Feb 10, 2020)
Commercial database that maps movements of millions of cellphones is deployed by immigration and border authorities

The Key to Keeping the Lights On: Artificial Intelligence (Wall Street Journal, Feb 10, 2020)
Power companies are turning to AI, drones and sensors to curtail outages, save money and help operate an increasingly complex electricity grid.

The Week in Tech: Companies Make Their Pitch to the Police (NY Times, Feb 10, 2020)
At a conference in Berlin, tech outfits from around the world were eager to do business with law enforcement.

The Most Significant AI Policy Developments in the United States in 2019 (Data Innovation , Feb 10, 2020)
2019 was a monumental year for AI policy in the United States. The federal government took several important steps that prioritized AI development and deployment and positioned the United States to strengthen its global AI leadership, beginning with President Trump’s “Executive Order on Maintaining American Leadership in Artificial Intelligence,” which set the tone for the rest of the year.

Data Of All 6.5 Million Israeli Voters Is Leaked (NY Times, Feb 10, 2020)
The website for an election app promoted by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his party had a simple flaw that exposed full names, addresses, identity card numbers and more.

FY 21 Budget Request, NY TT Suspension, Security Bills (ACI-NA, Feb 10, 2020)
The White House today released President Trump's $4.8 trillion funding proposal for the next fiscal year. While the proposal includes $1 trillion for infrastructure over the next decade, it is focused on surface-transportation programs – no mention of airports – and relies heavily on public-private partnerships along with new state and local funding.

4 Ways To Get Through The Airport Faster Even If You Can't Get Global Entry (CNN, Feb 10, 2020)
Last week, the Department of Homeland Security announced that New York state residents would be excluded from applying for some Trusted Traveler Programs, including Global Entry. Residents of New York state who wish to apply for Global Entry or renew their existing Global Entry status won't be able to do so under the new decree. For folks who reside in New York and can no longer apply, or for people who might be otherwise ineligible for the program, there are four ways you can still save time at the airport even without Global Entry.

GAO Report on TSA’s Insider Threat Program (ACI-NA, Feb 10, 2020)
According to GAO, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), airport operators, and air carriers mitigate insider threats through a variety of efforts. TSA’s Insider Threat Program comprises multiple TSA offices with ongoing insider threat mitigation activities, including long-standing requirements addressing access controls and background checks, and compliance inspections. TSA also initiated activities more recently, such as implementing TSA-led, randomized worker screenings in 2018. Airport and air carrier officials implement security measures in accordance with TSA-approved programs and may implement additional measures to further mitigate threats. For example, many airport operators reported using sophisticated access control technologies (e.g. fingerprint readers). Additionally, some air carriers reported conducting more rigorous background checks prior to issuing identification credentials to employees.


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