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Children Are Being Scooped Up In Buenos Aires’ Live Facial Recognition Dragnet (One Zero, Oct 09, 2020)
More than 160 children, some as young as one year old, were placed on Argentina’s national criminal database in the last three years, according to a new report from Human Rights Watch (HRW), and their faces were uploaded into Buenos Aires’ city live facial recognition database.

Florida’s Virtual Bar Exam Is Days Away And Test-takers Say The Software Is Still Faulty (WMNF, Oct 09, 2020)
Florida’s digital footprint has left plenty to be desired this year. First, the state’s unemployment system needed a major overhaul to handle record numbers of unemployment claims during the COVID-19 pandemic. Then this week, Florida’s online voter registration system crashed, leaving untold numbers of potential voters unable to participate in November’s Presidential Election. Now, as 3,000 some-odd examinees prepare to take Florida’s first ever virtual bar exam on Oct. 13, many say the software isn’t up to the challenge of administering a fair, closed book, proctored exam.

How To Navigate The Legal Side Of Touchless Technology (Retail Customer Experince, Oct 09, 2020)
COVID-19 is continuing to make doing business more complicated, and companies are, in turn, looking for solutions that safely engage with customers and employees without exposing them to germs. One such solution is touchless technology, which can either trigger content or interact with the user without any direct contact. For example, some businesses are looking at having kiosks or digital signage at the entrance that can use retinal scans to allow users access to a building.

Imposter ID'd With Facial Recognition Technology At Local Airport (Patch, Oct 09, 2020)
The Simplified Arrival process helped U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials at Washington Dulles International Airport identify an imposter through mismatched travel documents. Simplified Arrival is CBP's biometrical facial comparison process that allows them to detect mismatched travel documents and photos at U.S. ports of entry. On Tuesday, the traveler in question arrived from Ethiopia through Ireland. CBP officers were able to detect a mismatch between a Senegal passport and U.S. travel visa.

Hackers Eye Their Next Targets, From Schools To Cars (Wall Street Journal, Oct 09, 2020)
Hackers will tell you that just about anything with software and an internet connection can get hacked. The next decade will test how much that is true, and the challenge it poses to everyday life. Security experts expect cyberattacks to increase in frequency and severity in the coming years, as more consumer goods are sold with internet connectivity embedded by default. At the same time, cyberattacks have become a commodity—“ransomware-as-a-service,” says Keren Elazari , a security researcher and “friendly” hacker, also known as a “white-hat” hacker, who typically hacks to educate or to demonstrate security vulnerabilities rather than commit crimes. For cyberattackers, hacks are getting more accessible: Attacks that once cost $100,000 go for a mere $1,000 now, says Jeff Moss , founder of DEF CON, an annual conference for hackers. Devices that are secure today may not be tomorrow.

The Contest To Protect Almost Everything On The Internet (Wall Street Journal, Oct 09, 2020)
Cryptographers are in the business of being paranoid, but their fears over quantum computers might be justified. Within the next 10 to 15 years, a quantum computer could solve some problems many millions of times faster than a classical computer and, one day, crack many of the defenses used to secure the internet.

Home Featured California Privacy Proposal Divides Privacy Advocates As Vote Nears (APK Metro, Oct 09, 2020)
Opponents of the California Privateness Rights Act in current weeks have stepped up closing arguments over how points of the 52-page proposal might truly weaken a benchmark privateness regulation that the state started implementing in July. The criticisms distinction starkly with the acknowledged function of the poll measure, which privateness specialists say will set floor guidelines for a lot of the digital financial system in lieu of a federal standard.

TSA Posts PGDS V 7.0 for Checked Baggage Inspection Systems (ACI-NA, Oct 09, 2020)
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has posted Version 7.0 of the Planning Guidelines and Design Standards for Checked Baggage Inspection Systems. The Planning Guidelines and Design Standards (PGDS) is intended to provide standards and best practices that assist designers, planners, and architects in developing efficient and cost-effective checked baggage screening systems. In addition, TSA updated the Funding of Checked Baggage Inspection Systems (CBIS) Project Costs Policy Memo (Version 4.0) and the PGDS V7 comment form. Both documents are located on the same webpage.

Facebook’s China Tactics Backfire (NY Post, Oct 09, 2020)
Instagram’s boss had a message this week for the White House and the world: It was counterproductive for the United States to try to ban TikTok, the popular video app from China. It’s bad for U.S. tech companies and people in the United States, Adam Mosseri, the head of Instagram, told Axios, if other countries take similar steps against technology from beyond their borders — including Facebook and its Instagram app. (He and Mark Zuckerberg have said this before, too.) “It’s really going to be problematic if we end up banning TikTok and we set a precedent for more countries to ban more apps,” he said.


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