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U.S. Army Looks To Facial Recognition Access At Bases (UPI, Apr 05, 2021)
The U.S. Army is seeking to install face-recognition cameras at base entrance checkpoints, it announced in a contract call for a recognition biometric camera system. In a request for proposals last week, the Army said it seeks a camera system which can be integrated with existing checkpoint systems and can "see through the windshield of approaching vehicles in various weather conditions during the day and nighttime."

Why We Need New Benchmarks For AI (Wall Street Journal, Apr 05, 2021)
How do you measure artificial intelligence? Since the idea first took hold in the 1950s, researchers have gauged the progress of AI by establishing benchmarks, such as the ability to recognize images, create sentences and play games like chess. These benchmarks have proved a useful way to determine whether AI is better able to do more things—and to drive researchers toward creating AI tools that are even more useful. In the past few years, AI systems have surpassed many of the tests researchers have proposed, beating humans at many tasks. For researchers, the mission now is to create benchmarks that could capture the broader kinds of intelligence that could make AI truly useful—benchmarks, for instance, that can reflect elusive skills such as reasoning, creativity and the ability to learn. Not to mention areas like emotional intelligence that are hard enough to measure in humans.

TikToker Explains How Google Face Recognition Accidentally Sent An X-Rated Video To Her Mother (India Times, Apr 05, 2021)
Technology is a risky thing and sometimes, it does not work in your favour. It is the bane and boon of our existence and the former proved true for this woman from Canada. Kara Tonin, from Canada, took to TikTok to explain the 'tragedy' that happened with her. In the clip, which has been viewed more than 1.9 million times since Friday, she explained how facial recognition technology screwed her over.

Microsoft Will Produce Augmented Reality Headsets For The US Army (Infuse News, Apr 05, 2021)
Microsoft has declared an agreement with the U.S. army worth nearly $22 billion to create augmented reality headsets. Augmented reality, or AR, is a technology that utilizations glasses to project computer-made pictures and data that add to what clients find in the real, physical world. The deal was declared Wednesday. Microsoft would supply at least 120,000 soldiers with the gadgets. Military authorities said the technology will improve warriors’ ability to see their surroundings and distinguish targets and threat. The technology depends on Microsoft’s HoloLens headsets, which were first intended for video games.

Belarus continues preparations for introduction of biometric documents (TVR, Apr 05, 2021)
Preparations for the introduction of biometric documents continue. Such passports will be introduced in Belarus on September 1. Their use will make the identification procedure automatic and simplify passport control at border crossings. The new documents will have a built-in chip with a photo image, fingerprints and other personal data of the owner. There will be 8 new types of documents. ID-cards will be used within the country for the owner identification. There will be no compulsory replacement of passports for new biometric documents. Citizens will decide for themselves what type of document they want to have. Traveling abroad with the current passports will remain possible.

Passive Biometrics Help Battle SIM Swap Fraud (PYMNTS, Apr 05, 2021)
At first glance, it seems so retro. Subscriber Identity Module cards, better known as SIM, used to be an easily removable portable memory chip that acted as the brain of a mobile device. They’re still the brain, and although consumers don’t need to swap them out when they get a new device, SIM cards are still serious business. In fact, the chips can serve as a link for fraudsters to leverage the SIM card as a means of defrauding unwitting individuals, denying them access to, and draining their bank accounts or running up illicit credit card charges. Not to mention the potential for fraud from messaging apps and the rampant eCommerce fraud that comes with stolen identity in the digital-first economy. Nothing retro about that. In fact, Rosemary O’Neill, director of customer delivery for NuData Security (in the EU) a Mastercard company, said in an interview with PYMNTS that fighting fraudsters’ sophisticated, high-tech schemes demands several layers of defense that can paint a picture of who is a legitimate customer and who is not.

Facebook's App Store Privacy Labels: What They Mean for Your Data and Privacy (Gadget 360, Apr 05, 2021)
Facebook recently updated its App Store privacy labels to reveal its user data collection practices as per the guidelines of the marketplace. This is part of Apple's crackdown on user privacy making it a mandate for all App Store apps to disclose what data they collect from their users and how they use it. The App Privacy section is at the bottom of any app listings page and it details information on whether the app uses your data to track you across other websites or apps, or collects it for third-party advertising, developer marketing, analytics, better product personalisation, or improving app functionality. The social media giant had to disclose how it collects data after Apple made it mandatory last December for apps to submit the information with reviews for app updates or new app listings. The privacy labels suggest Facebook uses important data like contact information to track users across other websites and apps.

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NEC To Provide Facial Recognition System For Check-in, Boarding Process At Narita And Haneda Airports (Japan Today, Apr 05, 2021)
NEC Corp has announced the operator of Narita International Airport (NRT), Narita International Airport Corporation (NAA), and the operator of Tokyo International Airport (Haneda Airport, HND), Tokyo International Air Terminal Corporation (TIAT), will commence trial for "Face Express," a new boarding procedure for international departure flights using facial recognition technology, this month, utilizing a facial recognition system that belongs to NEC's portfolio of advanced biometric authentication technologies, Bio-IDiom, and features the world's most accurate precision.


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