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Facial Recognition Tech Reunites Family 32 Years After Son’s Abduction (Grunt Stuff, Jul 27, 2020)
A Chinese language man who was kidnapped as a toddler was reunited together with his family 32 years later — due to facial recognition know-how. Mao Yin was simply 2 years outdated in 1988 when he was kidnapped in Xian and bought to a different couple for the equal of $845, in line with the South China Morning Publish.

Apple Is Likely To Introduce ‘vein Recognition’ Now In Addition To Its Facial ID Feature (Digital Information, Jul 27, 2020)
Apple’s new patent has recently revealed that the tech giant is working on a more interesting, highly advanced method for the secure authentication process. While fingerprint and Facial ID recognition tools in Apple devices usually provide a lot of security and accuracy, the chances of your iPhone are vulnerable to do a ‘mistake’ by recognizing your look-alike in place of you and allowing them to authenticate to your device.

Sports Gamblers Looking To Place Bets On Biometric Data (KCBS Raido, Jul 27, 2020)
As new technology helps monitor the physical well-being of athletes during competitions, could this bring a new wave of sports gambling as well? The Hollywood Reporter reports, as more states up the legalization of sports betting, biometric data may also become a popular focus for gamblers. KCBS Radio's Curtiss Kim talked more about it with David Sussman, special counsel at Jenner and Block LLP and co-chair of the New York Business Association's Sports Law Committee.

Masks Complicating Facial Recognition Algorithms (Business Insurance, Jul 27, 2020)
Masks are making facial recognition algorithms more problematic, says a study issued by the National Institute of Standards and Technology on Monday. The best of 89 commercial facial recognition algorithms tested had error rates between 5% and 50% in matching digitally applied face masks with photos of the same person without a mask, according to an interagency report issued by Gaithersburg, Maryland-based NIST, Ongoing Face Recognition Vendor Test (FRV) Part 6A; Face Recognition Accuracy with Face Masks Using Pre-COVID-19 Algorithms.

NIST Study Finds That Masks Defeat Most Facial Recognition Algorithms (Report Door, Jul 27, 2020)
In a report published today by the National Institutes of Science and Technology (NIST), a physical sciences laboratory and non-regulatory agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce, researchers attempted to evaluate the performance of facial recognition algorithms on faces partially covered by protective masks. They report that even the best of the 89 commercial facial recognition algorithms tested had error rates between 5% and 50% in matching digitally applied face masks with photos of the same person without a mask.

How Work From Home Is Pushing The Boundaries Of Privacy Again (Small Biz Trends, Jul 27, 2020)
With more people working from home, business and personal lives are getting merged more than ever. This trend is also pushing the boundaries of what level of privacy can be expected by employees and consumers in this new work environment. On the Small Business Radio Show this week, Zoho’s Chief Evangelist, Raju Vegesna discusses how the employee needs to be in control of their own personal information that is shared by the company. He insists each individual must have the option to opt out of this process. For example, the employee should be aware of that a business does collect information about them that can be transferred to a third party usually to help that person with added services.

Police Requests for Google Users’ Location Histories Face New Scrutiny (Wall Street Journal, Jul 27, 2020)
Police use of a type of warrant to monitor Google users’ locations en masse is staring down its first legal and political challenges as scrutiny of law enforcement tactics grows. Criminal defendants in Virginia and San Francisco are disputing “geofence” warrants, which authorities can use to scan geographic areas and time periods for suspects through user location histories stored by technology companies. As these motions await arguments and potential decisions as soon as August, New York lawmakers are pushing legislation to ban the practice.

Scientists Create A Secure Biometric Password Out Of Human Laughter (Free News, Jul 27, 2020)
In a world where tens of millions of people use “12345” or “qwerty” as their passwords, it makes sense to use biometric security instead, since each person has several unique biometric signatures that can be used instead of a password. Popular thinking about biometric security often includes fingerprint readers, iris or retina readers, and voice-activated systems. Research published in the International Journal of Biometrics has demonstrated how human laughter can be used in biometrics.

Apple AirPods Pro 2nd-Generation May Feature Biometric Sensors, Report Says (Frobes, Jul 27, 2020)
Apple’s AirPods, as you’ll know, have been a supremely successful accessory. Now, rumors suggest that the latest model, Apple AirPods Pro, is due for an upgrade in the coming months which will add significant new capabilities, on top of playing music with excellent noise-canceling, for instance.

Thai Central Bank Greenlights 5 Commercial Banks Using Facial Recognition Technology (China.Org, Jul 27, 2020)
The Bank of Thailand (BoT) on Saturday published on its website the approval for five Thai commercial banks to use facial recognition technology in their financial services.


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