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Government Insiders Say Digital IDs Could Make Massive Fraud Events Rare (Biometric Update, Jun 21, 2022)

When looked at through the lens of identity fraud in the United States, the pandemic has showed how poorly government systems performed in safeguarding an unprecedented emergency relief program. On the other hand – and this hand is not steady – it has been the catalyzing event that could propel the nation into digital IDs, making government services faster, cheaper and more secure. According to reporting by The (San Jose) Mercury News, $80 billion to $100 billion was fraudulently claimed from the $400 billion Covid Economic Injury Disaster Loan program. How much was taken with fraudulent identification schemes is to be determined, but the percentage is likely to be high.


Microsoft Plans to Eliminate Face Analysis Tools in Push for ‘Responsible A.I.’ (The New York Times, Jun 21, 2022)

For years, activists and academics have been raising concerns that facial analysis software that claims to be able to identify a person’s age, gender and emotional state can be biased, unreliable or invasive — and shouldn’t be sold. Acknowledging some of those criticisms, Microsoft said on Tuesday that it planned to remove those features from its artificial intelligence service for detecting, analyzing and recognizing faces. They will stop being available to new users this week, and will be phased out for existing users within the year. The changes are part of a push by Microsoft for tighter controls of its artificial intelligence products. After a two-year review, a team at Microsoft has developed a “Responsible AI Standard,” a 27-page document that sets out requirements for A.I. systems to ensure they are not going to have a harmful impact on society.


SITA to Provide Biometric Systems to Vertiport Specialist (Homeland Security, Jun 21, 2022)

Skyports, an owner and operator of vertiport infrastructure for the Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) industry, and SITA, an IT provider for the air transport industry, have announced a partnership that will see SITA provide its digital solutions at Skyports vertiport locations. SITA technology will first be implemented at the Skyports Cergy-Pontoise vertiport testbed in Paris, planned for completion in September 2022 to demonstrate the full passenger journey, from arrival at the vertiport terminal to eVTOL aircraft departure. The partnership aims to highlight the ease with which passengers will be able to navigate the AAM ecosystem.


New Research on Mobile Fingerprint Biometric Scanning, Synthetic Data Presented at eu-LISA Summit (Biometric Update, Jun 21, 2022)

Among a series of presentations on technologies that are or could be used on Europe’s border at an eu-LISA Industry Roundtable held last week in France, two biometrics research projects, one involving hardware and another involving software, stood out. Javier Galbally of eu-LISA chaired the session of industry presentations on ‘Biometric Solutions and Business Processes for Passenger Processing at Land/Sea BCPs,’ which began with a pair of presenters from the French Forensic Police and Isorg sharing their work on mobile biometrics capturing. French police want mobile fingerprinting capacity in part to collect the biometric data of victims of crime, in order to differentiate it from other data, such as latent fingerprints found at a crime scene. Identification of cadavers, identity and right of residence verification and enrolment in information systems for minor offences also motivated the project.


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