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Portland Approves First-Ever Corporate Ban On Facial Recognition In U.S. (Security Sales, Sep 10, 2020)
The city council here on Wednesday passed a sweeping ban on the commercial deployment of facial recognition technology that experts say is the strongest such rule in the United States. The city council passed two ordinances to ban the use of facial recognition by both public and private entities. One ordinance makes Portland the first U.S. city to prohibit use of facial recognition technologies inside privately owned places accessible to the public, such as restaurants, retail stores, banks, entertainment venues, public transit stations, law and doctors’ offices, among other types of businesses and living facilities.

Norfolk Police Adopted Secret Facial Recognition Program, Va. House Amends Marcus Alert Bill, Albemarle County Relocates Confederate Statue, And More Headlines (Pilot Online, Sep 10, 2020)
Without telling city leaders or the public — started using a controversial facial recognition program late last year, one that could end people’s ability to anonymously walk around in public. Detectives were so impressed with how the technology identified unknown suspects and helped solve crimes that they pushed the top brass to shell out thousands of dollars a year to make facial recognition one of their permanent crime fighting tools. Success seemed imminent.

Facial Recognition Still Struggles To Identify Black Faces: Report (Fossbytes, Sep 10, 2020)
Facial Recognition has been put to use by local law enforcement bodies throughout the USA. The FBI uses it to scan through the DMV database, and the police applies it to identify and arrest individuals at protests. An analysis of the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) benchmarks by VentureBeat shows the discrepancies of facial recognition. The report points out that it has a higher error rate when it comes to identifying black faces. Such errors lead to bias when it comes to individuals of color.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) Is Over Mature To Do Underage Things (Analytics Insight, Sep 10, 2020)
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the future. But can we call the future dumb? Some possibilities could drive us to such a situation. AI is designed to make human jobs easy and the technology is trying its best to restrain the position. However, what it fails to comply with are the basic human activities that we find very easy. Everyone has seen AI beating the world champion in the board game Go, the quiz game Jeopardy, the card game Poker and the video game Dota 2. AI has come a long to what it is today.

U.s. Confirms It Will End Enhanced Screening For Some International Passengers (ACI-NA, Sep 10, 2020)
The U.S. government confirmed on Thursday it will end enhanced screening of some international passengers for COVID-19 and drop requirements that travelers coming from the targeted countries arrive at 15 designated U.S. airports, starting Monday.

All U.S. States Now Compliant Ahead Of REAL ID Deadline (ACI-NA, Sep 10, 2020)
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS or the Department) is announcing that after more than 15 years since Congress passed the REAL ID Act, all 50 states are now in full compliance issuing these cards, with most states becoming compliant in the last four years. To date, the 50 states have issued more than 105 million REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses and identification cards, representing 38 percent of all driver’s licenses and identification card holders.

Health Data After Covid-19: More Laws, Less Privacy (Wall Street Journal, Sep 10, 2020)
The main legal safeguard for Americans’ health-care information was passed in the era of the fax machine. Here’s a look at what could improve or replace it

Huawei To Launch Smartphones Without Google Android (Wall Street Journal, Sep 10, 2020)
Chinese tech giant will begin selling phones capable of running its self-designed operating system after U.S. ban

Ireland to Order Facebook To Stop Sending User Data To U.S. (Wall Street Journal, Sep 10, 2020)
Privacy regulator’s order to suspend the company’s data transfers to the U.S. cites concerns over American government surveillance practices

How Travel Will Change Post-Pandemic: 10 Expert Predictions (Wall Street Journal, Sep 10, 2020)
We asked industry pros where we’ll be traveling in years to come and how hotels, flights, airports and even luggage will evolve—for the better


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