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Advocates Still See a Lot of Danger For Individuals Using Government Digital IDs (Biometric Update, Sep 20, 2022)

Devout advocates of digital IDs run the risk of overlooking some significant misuses and bungled security setups. In principle, digital national ID cards and passports benefit individuals and economies, but the reality is much more nuanced and littered with dangerous developments. One of the best examples is India’s horizon-to-horizon Aadhaar identity program. Pam Dixon, founder and executive director of advocacy non-profit the World Privacy Forum posted an article on the forum’s site touching on Aadhaar. Dixon said the Indian central government saw Aadhaar accounts as an efficient method of delivering any number of digital services. But for some time after the program launched in the mid-2010s, it operated without bumpers. “The lack of controls allowed abuses and significant function creep,” she writes.


China Surveillance Policies Follow Facial Recognition Spread Along Silk Road: Activists (Biometric Update, Sep 20, 2022)

Chinese technologies and tactics to tackle dissent and control internet use are spreading to countries along its Digital Silk Road, according to activists speaking to the Thomson Reuters Foundation (TRF), the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters, who fear that China itself may be amassing data. The TRF report includes the case of people protesting job losses at a Hong Kong-listed casino in Phnom Penh, where drones hovered above them as they spoke out. Cambodian activists say they are under constant surveillance, by technology supplied by China via digital surveillance packages. Activists state the technologies are deployed without a legal framework, without public consultation. They claim the technologies such as AI facial recognition that were used for discriminating against Uyghurs in smart city projects in China.


In Iran, Facial Recognition Could Be Used to Verbalize Women Who Do Not Have a Hijab (Morning Express, Sep 20, 2022)
In Iran, women and defenders of freedoms have not taken off since the death on Friday of Mahsa Amini, after his arrest by the morality police, who accused him of an unsuitable outfit. In solidarity, numerous demonstrations have taken place in recent days in the country, and on social networks, Iranian women have even symbolically burned their hijab. Since the Islamic Revolution of 1979, the law requires that all women, regardless of their nationality or religious beliefs, wear a veil that covers the head and neck while concealing the hair. However, over the past two decades, more and more women in Tehran and other major cities are letting strands of hair, or even more, stick out of their veils. To keep an eye on things, the morality police patrol the streets of cities and regularly arrest women dressed in a manner deemed immodest, to call them to order.

Home Affairs Revives Facial Recognition Plan for Airports (Innovation AUS, Sep 20, 2022)

A plan to introduce facial recognition SmartGates in the arrivals halls of Australia’s international airports has been revived, but the federal government will now adopt a two-step system that more closely resembles the existing setup. The next-generation system is also now not expected to be rolled out at some airports until the end of 2024, several years after the Department of Home Affairs first envisioned replacing the ageing fleet of gates.  Home Affairs has spent the last five years working to replace the IDEMIA (formerly Morpho) SmartGates rolled out in 2007, having experienced setbacks related to the technology and, more recently, the pandemic. Border technology provider Vision-Box was first contracted deliver the new fleet of arrivals gates at a cost of $22.5 million in July 2017, with the department trialing the new SmartGates at Canberra Airport in early 2018 and Perth Airport in late 2018. It was part of the wider ‘Seamless Traveller’ initiative, a zero-touch border processing transformation that was also expected to automate the exiting marshalling process and abolish the paper-based incoming passenger card


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