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Collection of Biometric Data from Aliens upon Entry to and Departure from the United States (CBP- DHS, Nov 19, 2020)
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is required by various congressional and presidential mandates to implement a biometric Entry/Exit system. As part of our ongoing efforts to safeguard the Nation’s border and facilitate legitimate travel and trade, CBP has recently published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in the Federal Register https://www.federalregister.gov/public-inspection/2020-24707/collection-of-biometric-data-from-aliens-upon-entry-to-and-departure-from-the-united-states on public display today and will be published tomorrow November 19, 2020. The rule proposes that “all aliens, to include Lawful Permanent Residents, may be required to provide photographs upon entry into and/or departure from the United States.” Additionally, this rule proposes “to amend existing regulations to eliminate references to pilot programs, as well as other limitations on the collection of biometrics from aliens.”
 

Pending Council Approval, Detroit Police To Use ShotSpotter (Gov Tech, Nov 19, 2020)
The Detroit Police Department plans to present a proposal to the City Council on Monday that would allow sound sensors that alert police of gunshots to be placed in the city. DPD seeks to administer the gunshot detection system, called ShotSpotter, in two communities with high rates of gun violence. If approved by council, ShotSpotter would be installed in the 8th and 9th precincts, covering 6½ square miles, said Assistant Chief David LeValley .
 

LAPD Ban Facial Recognition Following Alleged Unauthorised Use (iOt News, Nov 19, 2020)
he Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) has banned the use of facial recognition after officers allegedly used it without authorisation. Facial recognition systems have faced increased scrutiny in recent years due to repeated studies showing they have serious biases. Wherever facial recognition systems are deployed, the public needs to have faith they’re being used fairly—something which no deployment so far has been able to do. Public trust in facial recognition has been damaged further this week after 25 LAPD officers were accused of using it unofficially to try to identify people nearly 475 times over a three-month period.
 

Students Create App That Uses Facial Recognition Technology To Transfer Emotional Data During Online Instruction (Central Jersey, Nov 19, 2020)
Winners of the 2020 Congressional App Challenge for high school and middle school students in New Jersey’s 6th Congressional District include Samay Nandwana from Princeton Day School and Ansh Bhatti and Aditya Shelke from Middlesex County Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Technologies in Edison. Their app DataMeet uses facial recognition technology to notify teachers if students appear confused, happy or sad during online instruction. DataMeet performs real-time analysis of students’ webcams and transfers the students’ emotional data into a dashboard using different metrics, so that educators can track understanding in real-time and tailor instruction based on the feedback. The app will use machine learning to analyze the faces in a class, checking to see if students understand the lesson. The platform will then transmit this data to the teacher.
 

Nearly 1.4 Million Illinois Facebook Users Have Filed Claims In $650 Million Privacy Settlement, With Monday Deadline Looming (Yahoo, Nov 19, 2020)
Illinois Facebook users have until Monday to claim their share of a $650 million class action settlement over alleged violations of the state’s biometric privacy law. Nearly 1.4 million people had filed a claim as of Wednesday, which would make the expected payout about $400 each, Chicago attorney Jay Edelson said. In April 2015, Edelson filed the initial lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court on behalf of plaintiff Carlo Licata, alleging the social media giant’s use of facial tagging features without consent was not allowed under Illinois privacy law.
 

84% Say Technology Key To Increasing Travel (Abata Mag, Nov 19, 2020)
Technology is key to getting consumers confident enough to travel again, according to Amadeus, the travel technology firm. According to research commissioned by the company, 84 per cent of travellers said that technology would increase their willingness to travel by addressing concerns about large crowds, high-touch point areas and social distancing. Other findings from the research include the fact that 42 per cent of respondents said that in-trip notifications through an app would help increase their confidence to travel, 42 per cent say that contactless payment options are key while 24 per cent say that technologies such as facial recognition to help them pass through security faster would increase their confidence.
 

Wrongful Arrest Exposes Racial Bias In Facial Recognition Technology (CBS, Nov 19, 2020)
In July of 2019, Michael Oliver, 26, was on his way to work in Ferndale, Michigan, when a cop car pulled him over. The officer informed him that there was a felony warrant out for his arrest. "I thought he was joking because he was laughing," recalled Oliver. "But as soon as he took me out of my car and cuffed me, I knew this wasn't a joke." Shortly thereafter, Oliver was transferred to Detroit police custody and charged with larceny.
 

Contactless Biometrics For Access Control: A Hygienic And Frictionless Experience (Airport Business, Nov 19, 2020)
Many innovative solutions are being developed for the new normal in airport facilitation post-COVID-19. Contactless biometrics for access control is one important area, in terms of offering both a hygienic and frictionless experience.
 

Computers Could Use Subtle Facial Features To Recognize Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia (News Medical , Nov 19, 2020)
Congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH) is a disorder that affects the adrenal gland's ability to release hormones that regulate the body's response to stress and illness. CAH is treatable, but can be potentially life-threatening during illness or if not managed. The disorder is difficult to identify, and much still needs to be understood about the condition. But new research conducted at Children's Hospital Los Angeles has shown that computers may be able to use subtle facial features to recognize CAH. This finding could lead to better identification of the disorder and better care of CAH patients.
 

Protect Your Community With COVID Contact Tracing, Rise Of The Digital Threshold, Smart Lockers For Contactless Delivery (American Security Today, Nov 19, 2020)
Simply put, when COVID-19 has emerged as National Emergency, and Federal Proclamation declared a National Emergency concerning the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), outbreak Mr. Dan Gabriel and his firm TRACE, responded to the pandemic by developing a scalable, national-based solution to help with the much-needed Contact Tracing.
 

Cyber Official’s Ouster Tests Government Relations With Private Sector (Wall Street Journal, Nov 19, 2020)
Chris Krebs was widely credited with forging ties between the government and the private sector during his two-year tenure as director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. Those ties are now under threat after he was fired Tuesday by President Trump, lawmakers and business executives say. With Mr. Krebs and two key deputies out at CISA, an arm of the Department of Homeland Security, some warn the rapid-fire departures will set back public-private collaboration on cybersecurity threats at a key moment.
 

Senate Passes IoT Cybersecurity Bill (FCW, Nov 19, 2020)
The Senate yesterday by unanimous consent passed legislation to mandate certain security requirements for internet of things devices purchased by the federal government, moving forward legislation that had been stalled on Capitol Hill since 2017. The Internet of Things Cybersecurity Improvement Act was passed by the House in September. Reps. Will Hurd (R-Texas) and Robin Kelly (D-Ill.) were the sponsors. The Senate passed the bill on Nov. 17 without amendments meaning the legislation can be sent to the president.
 

Government Surveillance By Data (NY Times, Nov 19, 2020)
We should be able to use a dating app without fear of winding up in a military database.

 

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