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Three Steps To Take Now For ADPPA Compliance (Forbes, Sep 19, 2022)

With comprehensive state data protection regulations in California, Colorado, Utah and Virginia—and several similar pieces of legislation pending in other states—it appears increasingly likely that comparable federal privacy regulation in the United States will soon become a reality. According to the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), there are almost 20 different consumer privacy bills under consideration by the U.S. Congress, along with almost as many bills related to the privacy of financial and health data.


Clearview AI, Used by Police to Find Criminals, Now in Public Defenders’ Hands (The New York Times, Sep 19, 2022)
For the last few years, Clearview AI’s tool has been largely restricted to law enforcement, but the company now plans to offer access to public defenders. Hoan Ton-That, the chief executive, said this would help “balance the scales of justice,” but critics of the company are skeptical given the legal and ethical concerns that swirl around Clearview AI’s groundbreaking technology. The company scraped billions of faces from social media sites, such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram, and other parts of the web in order to build an app that seeks to unearth every public photo of a person that exists online.

UN Human Rights Office Warns Biometrics and Digital ID Among Surveillance Tools Raising Risk (Biometric Update, Sep 19, 2022)

Growing surveillance in public spaces is possible to an extent beyond all previously possibilities due to digital identity systems and biometric databases, along with the proliferation of large-scale data collection and analysis systems, according to a new report. The report is published by the United Nation’s Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). If focusses largely on government use of surveillance tools like ‘Pegasus’ smartphone-tracking software, and the undermining of encryption, and therefore the protections it affords for privacy and human rights. State monitoring of people in online and offline public spaces with digital tools is where the concerns about digitized identity and biometrics are raised.


Did Canada Use Facial-Recognition Software to Strip Two Refugees of Their Status? (The Star, Sep 19, 2022)

Canadian authorities can’t just brush off allegations that they are using facial-recognition software to discredit asylum-seekers, a court has ruled. The decision by the Federal Court comes in a case that has cast a spotlight on the possible use of the technology by the Canada Border Services Agency — a practice the agency denies. At the centre of the case are Asha Ali Barre and Alia Musa Hosh. The pair claimed to be Sunni Sufi Muslims, who fled sectarian and gender-based violence from Al-Shabaab and other militant Islamist groups in Somalia. They were accepted by Canada as refugees in May 2017 and July 2018, respectively.


Recognising The Power Of Facial Recognition (Analytics Insight, Sep 19, 2022)
You probably unlock your phone using your fingerprint or punch you in time at work using your fingerprint. This technology known as biometrics is something we all use every day and it has been making our devices as well as our workplaces safer. There are various types of biometrics used today, such as fingerprint, iris recognition, face recognition, speech recognition, etc. Facial recognition technology is a form of biometric artificial intelligence (AI) that executes identity verification by performing comparisons among video frames or digital images and matching them with the facial images stored in a database.


Identity Week America, October 4 - 5, 2022 (Terrapinn, Sep 19, 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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