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Judge Orders NYPD to Release Biometric Surveillance Docs (Find Biometrics, Aug 02, 2022)

The New York Police Department will soon have to release thousands of documents pertaining to its use of facial recognition to monitor Black Lives Matter protests, according to a legal ruling from the New York Supreme Court. The ruling is the result of a lawsuit filed by Amnesty International and the Surveillance Technology Oversight Project last summer. Through Freedom of Information Law requests, the organizations had asked the NYPD to release over 30 million documents pertaining to biometric surveillance activities; the police agency rejected the requests as unreasonably burdensome. Lawyers representing both sides have been negotiating since the lawsuit was filed, and brought down the total number of documents to 2,700. New York Supreme Court Justice Lawrence Love has now determined that this number does, in fact, represent a reasonable request, and has asked Amnesty International and STOP to formally re-file their Freedom of Information Law request to cover the smaller number of documents.


Audits of CBP’s Facial Recognition Partners ‘Vital to Building Trust,’ Lawmaker Says (Nextgov, Aug 02, 2022)

Customs and Border Protection has taken steps to enhance the privacy and transparency of its biometric entry-exit program, according to the U.S. Government Accountability Office, but more needs to be done to ensure that partners, contractors and vendors associated with the deployment of the facial recognition technology are complying with federal privacy and security requirements. Rebecca Gambler, director of GAO’s homeland security and justice team, said during a House Homeland Security subcommittee hearing last week that CBP has conducted “five assessments of its partners in the air environment” to ensure they are complying with the agency’s security and privacy policies, and is in the process of conducting another three additional assessments. A previous GAO report conducted in 2020 found that the agency had only audited one of its then-27 airline partners to ensure that they were complying with the agency’s privacy and security policies, despite facial recognition technologies being used by its partners in the air environment since 2017.


National Australia Bank works with Microsoft on facial recognition for ATMs (The Paypers, Aug 02, 2022)

National Australia Bank (NAB) and Microsoft have partnered for a proof-of-concept ATM that identifies customers using facial recognition.The project is part of an ongoing multi-cloud partnership between National Australia Bank and Microsoft, which aims to increase the percentage of National Australia Bank’s apps on a public cloud from a third to 80% by the end of 2022. National Australia Bank is working on a proof of concept that allows individuals to use an ATM without a debit card. The solution doesn’t render PIN codes obsolete, as users still need to use one in order to complete their transactions. According to Microsoft, the cloud-based proof-of-concept is powered by artificial intelligence, and it was developed using Microsoft Azure cognitive services. The project aims to take a step towards a cardless future. By removing the need for physical cards, it can also minimise the risk of card fraud and skimming. The National Australia Bank is also working on diversifying its systems, especially its cloud computing accounts, in an effort to minimise its dependence on a single cloud vendor. Earlier in 2022, NAB invited its customers to pre-register for the launch of its BNPL offering named NAB Now Pay Later.


Young People at Greater Risk of Falling Victim to Identity Fraud (DigitNews, Aug 02, 2022)

A new report has warned that younger consumers are the group most at risk of falling victim to identity fraud. According to digital identity specialists GBG in its new State of Digital Identities 2022 report, 92% of people said that they were concerned they’ll eventually be hit by identity fraud, while 19% said they were extremely concerned. The report was based on information gained by surveying over 2,300 people aged 18 and over based in the UK, France, Germany and Spain. It noted that 9% of respondents said that they had been the victim of identity theft in the past year and a further 18% couldn’t be sure if they had been scammed or not. In addition, 13% people aged 18 to 24 across Europe have been victims of fraud in the past 12 months, with the figure for the UK rising to 18%. The figures decrease with age – 12% of 25-to-34-year-olds said they were affected, while 9% of 35-to-44-year-olds were hit. Just 4% of consumers aged 55 and over were affected.


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