Speed Read

Breaking Down the Barriers of Travel with Biometrics (Hospitality Net, Aug 03, 2022)

As we celebrate 150 years in travel, we’re exploring new technology, it’s use in travel and how CWT is preparing for this. In this episode, we’re exploring biometrics. Biometrics are the measurement and statistical analysis of people's unique physical and behavioral characteristics. Biometric identifiers fall into two categories:
Physiological characteristics relate to aspects of the body. Examples include fingerprint s, veins, facial recognition, DNA, palm prints and iris recognition. Behavioral characteristics relate to the pattern of person’s behavior, including to wallking gait, signature, behavioral profiling, and voice. The behvioral biometrics are sometimes referred to as 'behaviometrics'. The technology, mainly used for identification and access control, is already used in relation to travel.


 

New Orleans Reverses Decision to Ban Facial Recognition as Murder Rate Rises (LPM, Aug 03, 2022)

On Thursday, July 21, the city council of New Orleans, Louisiana, approved an ordinance that restores the use of facial recognition technology tools to aid in criminal investigations by the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD), though under new guardrails and subject to a comprehensive use policy approved by the state and federal government. New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell expressedsupport for the measure—which reverses a ban in effect since 2020—and signed the ordinance on July 28. New Orleans, which led the nation in murders halfway through the year, is only the latest jurisdiction where lawmakers are rethinking blanket bans and seeking to establish rules instead. Earlier this year, Virginia lawmakers replaced the state’s ban on law enforcement’s use of facial recognition technology with comprehensive rules, key protections were added in Alabama, and Kentucky moved to establish statewide standards. Additionally, city council members in West Lafayette, Indiana, rejected a proposed ban for city agencies.


 

Myanmar Military Using Chinese Facial Recognition Tech To Track, Remove Opponents (Republic World, Aug 03, 2022)

Amid the political turmoil in Myanmar, the military Junta of the nation is reported to be using facial recognition technology to increase its capacity for public monitoring which has been raising worries about the safety of opposition groups and democracy campaigners there. According to the DW report, the cameras are made by China's tech giants Huawei, Dahua, and Hikvision and use artificial intelligence technology that automatically analyses faces and car license plates in public areas and notifies authorities of those who are on a wanted list. Further, experts believe that the wider availability of this technology may have an impact on the safety of those who disagree with Myanmar's military regime. As per activist Thinzar Shunlei Yi from Myanmar’s largest city Yangon, “This is another threat coming, not just on the ground. We are now resisting a digital authoritarian regime”.


 

SPB 2022 Q2 Artificial Intelligence & Biometric Privacy Quarterly Review Newsletter (NLR, Aug 03, 2022)
Q2 did not disappoint in the AI and biometric privacy space, with a number of noteworthy litigation, legislative, and regulatory developments having taken place in these two rapidly developing areas of law. Read on to see what has transpired over the last quarter and what you should keep your eyes on as we head into the second half of 2022.
 

Fans’ Faces Could Become Future Tickets to Falcons, Atlanta United Games (AJC, Aug 03, 2022)

Mercedes-Benz Stadium will test technology that eventually could give Falcons and Atlanta United fans the option to enter the gates and shop the concession stands based on facial recognition.

 



Events

Identity Week America, October 4 -5, 2022 (Terrapinn, Aug 03, 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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