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New DHS Rule To Boost Biometrics Collection By 2M Each Year (MeriTalk, Sep 09, 2020)
A proposed rule from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) component agency coming out in the Federal Register this Friday would expand the collection of biometrics data by about 2.17 million submissions annually. The agencies announced the forthcoming rule last week, explaining that the expanded use of biometrics would implement the emerging technology for identity verification, document production, records management, and to prove familial relationships. The rule allows DHS and USCIS to collect individuals’ DNA to verify identity claims, alongside other methods such as voice, iris, and facial recognition technology to identify individuals without physical contact.

The Big Picture For Biometrics: Applications, Limitations & Regulations (Security Sales, Sep 09, 2020)
From curtailing COVID-19 to cutting crime, five award-winners detail the promising technologies’ pressing and relevant issues.

Report: Airport Facial Recognition Programs Fall Short (Morning Brew, Sep 09, 2020)
Last week, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) published a report on U.S. airports’ use of facial recognition for identity verification. The assessment? ...not good After auditing the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the GAO found facial recognition programs fell short in a few areas:

Facial Recognition Tech Designed To Identify African Faces Wins Engineering Award (Entertainment Overdose, Sep 09, 2020)
Facial recognition has a reputation problem. What could be an exciting new technology with the potential to make our lives easier, safer and more secure has been blighted by reports that it repeatedly fails when asked to correctly identify the faces of Black people. But pioneering software engineer Charlette N’Guessan from Ghana has presented a different vision of what facial recognition technology is capable of, with her own product that’s specifically designed to identify African faces.

Eliminating Bias Is The New Frontier Of AI Innovation (Biz Community, Sep 09, 2020)
2020 is forcing us to confront some hard truths about the world we live in. The Covid-19 pandemic has cast a sobering spotlight on the unsustainable path we are on. Rudeon Snell, Global Senior Director: Industries & Customer Advisory at SAP One such truth is symbolised by the global #BlackLivesMatter movement, which has once again highlighted the embedded biases in our interconnected social fabric, forcing us all, to re-evaluate long standing notions of morality, fairness and ethics.

What Is The Future Of Facial Recognition Technology? (New Statesman, Sep 09, 2020)
In 2017 Ed Bridges, a former Liberal Democrat councillor in Gabalfa in Cardiff, was captured on camera by the South Wales Police while he was shopping. A few months later, during a protest against the arms trade, his image was scanned again. In the world’s first legal challenge against the use of facial recognition (FR) by police, Bridges took the South Wales Police to court, claiming that his privacy had been infringed.

Your Digital Privacy Is Under Attack. Can Anything Be Done To Protect It? (ZD Net, Sep 09, 2020)
Intelligence services around the world should be kept in check by an international body with the power to make sure governments don't misuse personal data for surveillance purposes, said the Council of Europe's data protection committee chairs in a joint statement. Countries should agree at an international level on the extent to which the surveillance carried out by intelligence services can be authorized and under which conditions, recommended the committee. The agreement should come as a legal tool that could be enforced independently by a data protection body that is yet to be created.

TSA Screens More Than 3M Passengers Over Labor Day Weekend (ACI-NA, Sep 09, 2020)
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced that it screened over 3 million passengers during the Labor Day holiday weekend (Friday, September 4 through Monday, September 7). The weekend figure was boosted by the screening of nearly 969,000 passengers on Friday, September 4, and more than 935,000 passengers on Monday, September 7. Those two days represent the most individuals screened on any single day since March 17, 2020.

Telehealth Services Demonstrate Potential For Patient Care Amid Pandemic Constraints (The Well News, Sep 09, 2020)
Telehealth services have made substantial progress throughout the COVID-19 pandemic despite the hardships the health care industry as a whole has had to endure. The concept of telehealthcare is now more widely accepted than ever before. In August, a bipartisan group of lawmakers announced their support for granting additional funds for the Federal Communications Commission’s COVID-19 Telehealth Program in any upcoming coronavirus relief legislation, TWN previously reported.

Cyber Chiefs Calculate Data Breach Costs To Explain Risks to Executives (Wall Street Journal, Sep 09, 2020)
Cyber chiefs calculate data breach costs to explain risks to executives. CISOs need to present cyber threats to executives and board members in terms similar to other, familiar business risks, but those are easier to quantify. It is difficult to predict the effects of cyber risks because every cyberattack is different and companies’ technology infrastructure also varies, experts say. Plus, tools to help with these calculations don’t take into account reputational harm or customer response after an incident.


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