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Supreme Court to Consider Identity Theft Case (Security Boulevard, Nov 22, 2022)
William Dubin, a licensed psychologist in Austin, Texas, provided psychological services to a youth facility known as Williams House. As part of a kickback scheme with the head of Williams House, Dubin had Williams House employees conduct intake of kids admitted to the facility, and then Dubin claimed that these assessments were done by himself, a licensed psychologist. In that way, the state’s Medicaid program would reimburse Dubin at a higher rate, and he would kick back some of this money to the director of Williams House. A criminal investigation revealed that Dubin billed for services provided by a licensed psychologist and received by 300 patients totaling 1,896 hours, although those services were not performed by a licensed psychologist. This resulted in an over-reimbursement by the government. Dubin and his medical practice submitted invoices indicating that he performed X services for patient Y, which was not true, and billed the patient’s Medicaid reimbursement number. Simple fraud; and Dubin was convicted of overbilling the government.

Double Facial Recognition Launches in Real-Time (VBT, Nov 22, 2022)
As the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) continues deploying innovative technologies in Digital ID, air travelers are enjoying safer and more effortless screening experiences. For example, catching a flight at Denver's international airport (DEN) requires a new, real-time photo comparison of the traveler. The TSA recently announced the next generation of Credential Authentication Technology (CAT) verifies the traveler's photo on the credential against the in-person, real-time image. While first-generation CAT units were designed to scan a traveler's photo identification and confirm the traveler's identity and flight details. The new CAT units, referred to as CAT-2, are also equipped with a camera that captures a real-time photo of the traveler.

University of Maryland Develops Real Invisibility Cloak That Stops AI Facial Recognition Cameras (Biometric Update, Nov 22, 2022)

Visa has partnered with FIFA and PopID to deliver contactless biometric payments at official World Cup venues including eight stadiums and the FIFA Fan Festival. Visa says it has installed 5,300 contactless payment terminals for the 1 million fans expected to travel to Qatar for the tournament. Contactless payments are available for taxi passengers through a partnership between Visa and Qatar’s Transport Ministry. This also will be the first time face biometrics will be used for payments in Qatar. It is being piloted at three Flat White Specialty Coffee cafes. The face recognition setup is a collaboration between Qatar National Bank (QNB) and PopID and is supported by Visa through tokenization.


UBS Partners iProov for Automated Customer Biometric ID Onboarding (FinTechFutures, Nov 22, 2022)

In May 2022, UBS launched UBS key4 for users who want digital access to their personal and savings accounts, and other banking services. Leveraging iProov’s face verification technology, UBS key4 customers can now onboard remotely at all times of the day in five minutes, iProov says, scanning their face against a trusted government-issued document, such as a passport with an NFC chip. iProov says the new technology deployed at UBS simplifies the user experience, broadens financial inclusivity, reassures customers, protects against fraud and complies with know your customer (KYC) checks and other regulatory requirements. UBS is the first bank in Switzerland to offer this process for account opening in combination with qualified electronic signatures.


Online Proctoring Biometrics Use Fails to Meet Canadian Legal Threshold, Report Says (Biometric Update, Nov 22, 2022)

Online proctoring tools for conducting remote exams do not go far enough to ensure free, clear and individual consent from Canadian students whose biometric data they collect, according to a new report published by the University of Ottawa and supported by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada. With in-person learning disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, many institutions turned to software platforms as a way to conduct examinations. Often based on artificial intelligence, tools such as Respondus, Monitor, ProctorU, Examity and others use data mining and facial recognition to monitor for cheating—and present what Céline Castets-Renard, the Law Professor who led the project, called “legal issues of socio-economic discrimination and privacy.”


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