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Cloud-based Multi-factor Authentication: The Starting Point For Security, Compliance And User Experience (Information Security Buzz, Nov 13, 2020)
Banks and businesses are constantly under pressure to keep their data, customers, and employees secure. This has heightened in the last few months, as the global pandemic has seen cybercriminals ramp up activity. The number of phishing websites increasing by 350% since the start of the year, and £16.6 million lost in shopping fraud losses since the beginning of lockdown. Furthermore, with more than 15 billion credentials circulating on the dark web, cybercriminals have everything they need to commit account takeover attacks and other forms of fraud. So, for banks and financial institutions, it’s more important than ever to have the right security infrastructure in place to prevent such attacks. In addition, they also have to make sure they’re meeting global regulation requirements, as well as matching customer expectations for how they interact with their bank.
 

Documentary Profiling Bias In Technology To Screen At Ross Ragland (Herald News, Nov 13, 2020)
A new film that explores potential bias in technology development titled “Coded Bias” will be screened at the Ross Ragland Theater on Wednesday, Nov. 18. The film, which made its world premiere earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival in January, follows the development of the Algorithmic Justice League – an advocacy group that seeks an end to potential bias built into facial technology software as more countries roll out the practice in its general operations. The film was inspired by a research paper written by Timnit Gebru of Microsoft Research that forced numerous tech companies to completely reassess their algorithms and software utilized for emerging facial technology software after it was discovered that facial software programs commonly misidentify people of color.
 

Boston Councilors Seek To Make City’s Surveillance Technologies Transparent (Up News Info, Nov 13, 2020)
A proposed ordinance from several Boston city councilors would require officials to be forthcoming regarding the surveillance technology the city has at its disposal, including how it’s used, when it’s obtained, and how information collected is shared.
 

Apple Can't Duck Facial Recognition Privacy Class Action (Law360, Nov 13, 2020)
An Illinois federal judge on Thursday refused to let Apple Inc. escape a class action alleging that it violates state law through its facial recognition software, finding that the proposed class' allegations that the company illegally collects and stores face scans can proceed ...
 

New Orleans Police Department Using Facial Recognition Despite Years Of Denial (The Lens Nola, Nov 13, 2020)
The New Orleans Police Department has confirmed that it is utilizing facial recognition for its investigations, despite years of assurances that the city wasn’t employing the technology. In a statement to The Lens last week, a department spokesperson said that although it didn’t own facial recognition software itself, it was granted access to the technology through “state and federal partners.” NOPD spokesman Kenneth Jones declined to provide a list of those federal and state partners, telling The Lens in an email that “we would prefer not to at this time.” He indicated, however, that the FBI was on that list.
 

Algorithms Of Oppression': Big Tech Urged To Combat Discrimination (Japan Today, Nov 13, 2020)
Nearly a decade has passed since Safiya Noble googled "Black girls" and found the search results were mostly pornographic - a discovery that drove her to explore how algorithms can perpetuate discrimination and inequality. Google went on to fix that search engine issue, but Noble said the problem is far from solved. Research this year found Google's advertising platform linked the search phrases "Black girls," "Latina girls," and "Asian Girls" to adult content ads.
 

On U.S. Digital Rights, Biden Presidency Could Be 'a Real Opportunity' (Morung Express, Nov 13, 2020)
U.S. President-elect Joe Biden should move fast to protect digital rights by curbing the use of facial recognition and surveillance, regulating big tech and tackling discrimination perpetuated by algorithms, campaigners said this week. As the Democratic former vice president lays the groundwork for his administration, 10 U.S.-based digital rights and racial justice groups signed a statement setting out their policy proposals for his first 100 days in office.
 

Seattle Police Officer’s Use Of Clearview AI Face Biometrics May Have Violated City Policy (Biometric Update, Nov 13, 2020)
Controversial facial recognition company Clearview AI and Seattle Police Department (SPD) officers exchanged hundreds of emails in which police were encouraged to use the service for law enforcement purposes, Publicola reports. According to the website, public outrage surrounding Clearview AI’s questionable methods of information gathering sparked the interest of Seattle blogger Bridget Brululo. Brululo then submitted a public records request to SPD in June to determine whether SPD officers were in fact using the service. The request was answered earlier this month, together with around 200 emails mentioning the keywords “Clearview AI.”

 

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