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TSA Updates Two-year Roadmap To Address Current Global Risks And Threats To Nation’s Transportation Systems (ACI-NA, Jun 25, 2020)
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) published an outline of key objectives to continuously improve security and safeguard the nation’s transportation systems. TSA Administrator David Pekoske presented his new objectives intended to guide the agency and its workforce over the next two years on managing new global security risks to safeguard all modes of transportation.

TSA's Plan To Address Evolving Threats To Travelers Relies On Innovative Technology (Next Gov, Jun 25, 2020)
The Transportation Security Administration is eager to keep abreast of the ever-changing threats facing American travelers, which will include improving the agency’s technology—procurement, development and delivery—according to a new guidance document from Administrator David Pekoske.

House Investigating Company Selling Phone Location Data To Government Agencies (Wall Street Journal, Jun 25, 2020)
A congressional committee has opened an investigation into the sale of the location data drawn from millions of U.S. mobile phones to law-enforcement agencies, according to a letter shared with The Wall Street Journal.

TSA's Plan To Address Evolving Threats To Travelers Relies On Innovative Technology (NY Times, Jun 25, 2020)
The internet company has long been criticized about how much information it keeps on users. The change applies only to new accounts.

Wrongfully Accused By An Algorithm (NY Times, Jun 25, 2020)
In what may be the first known case of its kind, a faulty facial recognition match led to a Michigan man’s arrest for a crime he did not commit.

CBP Head Testifies Before Senate Panel (ACI-NA, Jun 25, 2020)
The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee held an oversight hearing today on the challenges facing Customs and Border Protection (CBP), with Mr. Mark Morgan, the Chief Operating Officer and Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Commissioner, serving as the sole witness. You can view the hearing here and find Morgan’s testimony here.

BIPA Suit Sent Back To Cook Co. Court (Chicago Law Bulletin, Jun 25, 2020)
The federal courts have no jurisdiction over a proposed class-action suit accusing a nursing home of violating the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act, a judge ruled Wednesday. U.S. District Judge Elaine Bucklo remanded the suit Ginger Darty filed against Columbia Rehabilitation and Nursing Center LLC to Cook County Circuit Court.

Safari Is About To Have A Huge Security Advantage Over Google Chrome (Digital Trends , Jun 25, 2020)
If you use an iPhone or an iPad, you’ve been able to launch your favorite banking app and authenticate using your biometrics in lieu of a password since Touch ID’s debut, and now Apple is looking to expand password-less logins to websites. At the Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple informed developers that Safari 14 will bring Face ID and Touch ID to websites that support Fast Identity Online (FIDO) logins on iOS, iPad OS, and macOS.

Bill Calls For Federally Funded Research On Police Use Of Force And Facial Recognition (OODA Loop, Jun 25, 2020)
New legislation was recently introduced to the House of Representatives that outlines a plan for police-reform focused practices that would potentially mandate federal agencies to examine law enforcement use of force in the field and police technologies. The bill titled the Promoting Fair and Effective Policing Through Research Act would direct the National Institute of Standards and Technology to open investigations around biases in biometric identification and facial recognition tech.

Nigeria: COVID-19 - Lagos Approves Online Biometric Verification For Pensioners (All Africa , Jun 25, 2020)
Lagos — Governor Babajide O. Sanwo-Olu has approved the conduct of year 2020 biometric verification of pensioners tagged "I am Alive" virtually (online) in line with government's efforts to reduce the effect of COVlD-19 pandemic in the state and ensure physical distancing. The Commissioner for Establishments, Training and Pensions, Mrs. Ajibola Ponnle told newsmen in Lagos that the verification exercise would represent a departure from the usual one where pensioners are expected to be physically present at their respective local government areas for verification.

MWAA Brings Facial Recognition To The Airline Boarding Process (CIO, Jun 25, 2020)
The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority is enabling paperless boarding via a biometric identity management system that uses facial recognition technology — no boarding pass or passport required.

Biometric Attendance Endangers Teachers Lives: TDP (Telegu 360, Jun 25, 2020)
Expressing concern over rising Coronavirus cases, Telugu Desam Party MLC A.S. Ramakrishna has demanded the YCP Government to withdraw its decision to make biometric attendance for teachers of government schools in order to avoid any health risk to them. The school education commission issued circular 145 dated June 23, 2020, for compulsory attendance of teachers which was in violation of the Central Government guidelines. Moreover, even the Supreme Court has ordered for doing away with biometric attendance in offices considering its potential as a touch point to spread infections.

When The Police Treat Software Like Magic (NY Times, Jun 25, 2020)
The arrest of a man for a crime he didn’t commit shows the dangers of facial recognition technology.


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