Speed Read

How 9/11 Sparked The Rise Of America’s Biometrics Security Empire (Fast Company, Sep 10, 2021)
Could biometric technology like facial recognition and fingerprint readers have prevented the September 11 attacks? The idea is a seductive one. So seductive, in fact, that it motivated a congressional hearing on the topic, held on November 14, 2001, just over two months after the attacks. As California Senator Dianne Feinstein explained in her opening remarks to the hearing on “Biometric Identifiers and the Modern Face Of Terror”:

U.K. May Unleash AI Bots Online With No Human Safeguards (Amp Video, Sep 10, 2021)
The U.K. is considering relaxing rules around the use of artificial intelligence in its post-Brexit data regime, a move that would mark a break from the European Union. In a 146-page consultation document published Friday, the government said it is weighing whether to scrap the right to a human review of any automated decision, such as the approval of an online loan or a recruitment aptitude test which uses pre-programmed algorithms and criteria.

Baltimore Officially Bans Private Use of Facial Recognition Technology (National Law Review, Sep 10, 2021)
Yesterday, Baltimore’s local ordinance prohibiting persons from “obtaining, retaining, accessing, or using certain face surveillance technology or any information obtained from certain face surveillance technology,” became effective. The new ordinance prohibits the use of facial recognition technology by city residents, businesses, and most of the city government (excluding the city police department) until December 2022. Baltimore joins a growing list of localities regulating private use of facial recognition technology including Portland (Oregon), and New York City.

Pentagon Inspector General To Review Vetting Of Afghan Evacuees (Daily Caller, Sep 10, 2021)
The Department of Defense Inspector General’s office will review how Afghan evacuees were vetted before leaving their country and upon arrival in the U.S. The evaluation will look into the biometric screening process, the handling of individuals flagged as “security risks,” and the management of “individuals’ ingress and egress to a DoD-managed facility when screening/vetting is not complete,” according to a letter Department of Defense Inspector General for Evaluations Michael Roark sent Thursday to senior Pentagon officials. The Inspector General’s office will conduct the review at locations where evacuees are being housed upon arrival in the U.S., including Virginia’s Fort Picket, Marine Corps Base Quantico and the Dulles Expo Center.

Globalization Partners on How Technology Platforms Can Boost Security, Ease Onboarding for a Remote Workforce (Pymnts, Sep 10, 2021)
The restrictions and stay-at-home mandates caused by the pandemic forced many businesses to rethink their workflows last year, and many CEOs quickly adopted a remote work model to avoid substantial loss of revenue. The shift to remote work is here to stay, according to Gerard Keating, chief technology officer at Boston-based remote employment services platform Globalization Partners. Although some pandemic-related restrictions have relaxed, many staff members continue to work from home indefinitely. Keating explained to PYMNTS in an interview how the company’s platform allows its corporate clients to set up onboarding, benefits and contracts easily for their remote workers.

Costa Rica Will Have A Biometric Passport In 2022 (Q Costa Rica, Sep 10, 2021)
Within the framework of the B2B Forum of the ‘Essential Costa Rica’ country brand, which took place (virtually) this September 2, it was announced that next year the country will have a biometric passport, which means putting Costa Rica at the forefront in travel documents. But what is a biometric passport?

Pakistan Launches Contactless Biometric Verification Service For Banking (Daily Pakistan, Sep 10, 2021)
The National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) has launched contactless biometric verification services for the banking and payments industry. State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) Governor Dr Reza Baqir launched the service during his visit to the Nadra headquarters on Thursday.

Civil Liberties Groups Pressure White House To Fill Surveillance Oversight Board (Cyber Scoop, Sep 10, 2021)
Privacy advocates are urging President Joe Biden to fill an independent watchdog board that could have an enormous impact on the future of the U.S. surveillance programs raised in response to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Filling the empty seats on the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board is “necessary to continue to hold the government accountable for safeguarding our privacy and civil liberties in surveillance programs that are often shrouded in secrecy,” a group of nearly two dozen organizations led by the American Civil Liberties Union wrote to the White House Wednesday.

Member News & Views

U. Of Denver Chooses BIO-key For Identity And Access Management (CR80 News, Sep 10, 2021)
The University of Denver is implementing a new identity and access management (IAM) system for student and faculty access to university portals and applications. Denver has chosen BIO-key International’s PortalGuard IAM platform, featuring Identity-Bound Biometrics (IBB) technology. A provider of workforce and customer identity and access management (IAM) solutions, BIO-key International will help the university enhance access security to the campus’ web portal and other applications.


Connect ID: Conference & Exhibition: October 5 - 6, 2021 (Connect ID, Sep 10, 2021)
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC The Worl of Identity Under One Roof Opening times are: Tue 5 Oct | Conference: 08:50 - 17:15 • Exhibition: 09:00 - 18:00 Wed 6 Oct | Conference: 09:00 - 17:00 • Exhibition: 10:00 - 16:15 Connect:ID is a world class identity conference and exhibition, showcasing practical implementations of trusted identity solutions, and highlighting how disruptive technology and policy decisions are driving much needed change. Connect:ID is central to Governments, financial institutions, corporate end users, systems integrators, researchers, consultants, national and industry-focused media.


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