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Because Facial Recognition Makes Students And Faculty Less Safe, 40+ Rights Groups Call On Universities To Ban Technology (Common Dreams, Feb 13, 2020)
Urging universities across the U.S. to reject sales pitches from technology companies that insist facial recognition technology makes campuses safer, digital rights group Fight for the Future on Thursday released a sign-on letter calling for a ban on the use of surveillance which the group says violates students' and faculty's civil liberties.

Biometric Data: Another HIPAA Risk To Address (Medical Economics, Feb 13, 2020)
The Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) of 2008 was the first state law in the country to regulate biometric data use. For physicians, the intersection of laws such as BIPA and the federal HIPAA law cannot be overlooked. Let’s begin with the term “biometric.” Since various components of personally identifiable information (PII) are inherent in the definition of Protected Health Information (PHI), the HIPAA Privacy Rule applies to the de-identification of PHI. The HIPAA Privacy Rule sets forth two acceptable de-identification methods:

Andrew Yang Brought AI Into American Politics, And It Isn’t Going Away (Venture Beat, Feb 13, 2020)
Andrew Yang ended his campaign Tuesday after a tepid showing in New Hampshire, bringing to an end what can be characterized as the only AI-first presidential campaign in U.S. history. Some will argue Yang’s campaign simply rose to prominence because of his support of a $1,000 universal basic income, but he outlasted and outperformed most of the field because he seems to understand the impact of automation on the economy as well as communities and the lives of individuals.

Raleigh NC Police Drop Clearview AI Facial Recognition (The Crime Report, Feb 13, 2020)
Raleigh, N.C., police have stopped using a facial recognition app to identify potential criminals through the internet, cutting ties with a company that has drawn widespread privacy concerns, the Raleigh News & Observer reports. In August, the department paid $2,500 to Clearview AI for one year’s access to its app, which collects pictures from Facebook, YouTube and other public sites, said spokeswoman Donna-maria Harris. Only three employees were allowed to access the app and their searches were limited to finding victims of human trafficking or other major crimes when no other leads existed. Results of their searches were verified through other sources.

Facial Recognition Technology: In Our Rush To Deploy It, Are We Ignoring The Risks? (Tech Xplore, Feb 13, 2020)
Increasingly, facial recognition software—technology that readily identifies people based on their faces—has found its way into the most intimate corners of our lives.

US Senators Propose Facial Recognition Ban (but Not For Police) (The Next Web, Feb 13, 2020)
US senators have introduced a bill that would temporarily restrict the use of facial recognition technology — but their proposals fall short of a total ban. The Ethical Use of Artificial Intelligence Act would place a moratorium on federal government use of facial recognition technology (FRT) until Congress passes legislation regulating how it’s used. It would also prevent state and local governments from spending federal funds on FRT.

Utahns Approve Of Law Enforcement’s Use Of Facial Recognition Technology, Poll Says (Strib, Feb 13, 2020)
Many Utah lawmakers were alarmed last year when they learned that federal law enforcement had used facial recognition technology to scan thousands of photos in the state’s driver license database for suspects.

Google Appeals Against EU Antitrust Fines (Wall Street Journal, Feb 13, 2020)
The search giant is seeking to overturn three antitrust rulings it lost against the EU that have totaled more than $9 billion in fines

Cuomo to Meet Trump, Offer Changes to Get Global Entry Back for New Yorkers (NBC NEW YORK, Feb 13, 2020)
NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo will meet with President Donald Trump on Thursday to discuss the impasse over New Yorkers' access to the Global Entry program for travelers, and indicated New York will give federal officials access to a key database to restore access to the program.

ADS 2020: Early Bird Rates - Final Days! (IATA, Feb 13, 2020)
Data is the new fuel” has become a common saying, but no one has found yet the perfect equation to make the most of it. As we are opening a new decade, the flow of data keeps growing, while the expectations of clients and passengers keep rising. We need, more than ever, to come together as an industry to identify the opportunities and the means to seize them.

As WhatsApp Tops 2 Billion Users, Its Boss Vows to Defend Encryption (Wall Street Journal, Feb 13, 2020)
Will Cathcart said users demand end-to-end encryption, and that private communication shouldn’t go away in a modern society


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