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Customs and Border Protection Expands Use of Facial Recognition (Federal News Network, Aug 01, 2022)

Customs and Border Protection is making progress testing and deploying their facial recognition technology at air, sea and land ports across the country. CBP is using the technology to scan travelers at 26 seaports and 159 land-ports and airports across the country, the Government Accountability Office told the House Committee on Homeland Security hearing on July 27. CBP installed facial recognition technology to biometrically confirm travelers’ identities for all arriving and departing travelers. As of July, the technology is scanning departing travelers in 32 airports and all arriving air travelers, Rebecca Gambler, GAO’s director of Homeland Security and Justice Team, told the committee. In 2020, GAO analyzed CBP’s roll out and made recommendations to improve privacy in the program. The report found CBP had taken steps to protect travelers’ privacy by prohibiting airlines from storing or using travelers’ photos for their own purposes.


Who Will Lead On Digital Identity? (AFR, Aug 01, 2022)

As Australia’s government services sector came together last week, a battle-hardened leadership reflected on the extraordinary shift to digital delivery and increase in engagement with government that has been fuelled by the pandemic and east coast floods over the last 18 months. At the second Australian Financial Review Government Services Summit, all eyes were on Government Services Minister Bill Shorten as he outlined the agenda for his portfolio that includes Service Australia, Medicare, Centrelink and the National Disability Insurance Agency. Shorten is the most senior minister to occupy the portfolio for some time and has a track record of reform and activism in his previous ministerial roles, before that, as an Australian Workers Union leader. Shorten laid down his principles for what he called “fair, accurate, accountable and efficient” service delivery, saying he would back bold and courageous reform from his bureaucratic executive, many of whom were at the Summit.


Nine in Ten Users Give Moscow Metro’s Face Pay Biometric Contactless Fare Payment System High Satisfaction Rating (NFCW, Aug 01, 2022)

Moscow Metro’s Face Pay biometric contactless fare payment system has achieved “high satisfaction rates” with nearly nine in ten users saying they “appreciate the advantages of the technology and prefer this system to other payment methods” (88%), a survey reveals. Users cited the key benefits of Face Pay as not needing to carry a bank card (44%), innovativeness (42%), time saving (38%) and speed (37%). Announcing the survey results, Moscow’s deputy mayor for transport Maksim Liksutov revealed plans to expand Face Pay to other public transport networks, including the Moscow Central Circle and Aeroexpress railway lines and regular river transport services. Plans are also in place to add a further 200 Face Pay-enabled turnstiles at Moscow Metro stations and explore the possibility of linking Face Pay to student cards and corporate season travel passes, Liksutov said.


Federal Privacy Bill Shows Emerging Patterns in US Privacy Law (JDSUPRA, Aug 01, 2022)
On July 20, 2022, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce advanced a new federal privacy bill titled the American Data Privacy and Protection Act (ADPPA) to the House floor. Although it is not yet law, many commentators are optimistic that it may move forward in view of the ADPPA’s bipartisan support and the compromises it reaches on the issues of preemption and private rights of action, both of which have stalled prior federal privacy bills. The ADPPA reveals trends in U.S. privacy law that are emerging from state-level laws passed in California,[1] Virginia, Colorado, Utah and Connecticut (the “State Privacy Laws”). It also departs from all five State Privacy Laws in a few novel ways. This alert discusses key provisions of the ADPPA, as currently drafted, and how they compare to the State Privacy Laws. The ADPPA will likely face further amendment before the House votes on a final bill.

Broadcasters Adapt Storytelling by Way of Biometrics (Sports Business Journal, Aug 01, 2022)

The two cyclists were among more than 100 wearing a Whoop strap, a wrist-worn sensor that measures physiological data such as heart rate, sleep and calculated metrics such as strain and recovery. At that moment, Mareczko was toiling harder, his heart rate at 150 beats per minute and his daily strain at 18.5 out of a maximum 21. Van der Poel, meanwhile, was at 116 bpm and 11.7 strain. The commentators pounced on the data, noting the reservoir of energy each rider had left for the final sprint.  “Recovery is a constant theme in a grand tour — it’s 21 days, right? So that right away piqued my interest, and then strain is obviously another massive theme,” said Guy Voisin, Warner Bros. Discovery’s senior director for cycling coverage, which includes Eurosport. “Throughout the day, the 200 kilometers, we were able to say, ‘Hey, his gas tank is almost empty,’ so that really struck a note with our viewers.”


Identity Week America, October 4 -5, 2022 (Terrapinn, Aug 01, 2022)
IDENTITY WEEK is the most important identity event in the USA. IDENTITY WEEK is a conference and exhibition bringing together the brightest minds in the identity sector to promote innovation, new thinking, and more effective identity solutions. Key areas of focus include secure physical credentials, digital identity, and advanced authentication technologies, such as biometrics.


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