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Biometrics Replacing IDs in Airports, Backing them for Government Services (Biometric Update, Sep 16, 2023)
A pilot of Digital Travel Credentials for air travel between the Netherlands and Canada is back on, using a smartphone app from Idemia. The pilot was described during an FTE webinar featuring representatives of airlines, the TSA and CBP. The next generation of the Idemia ID scanners used in a growing number of U.S. airports will be able to accept DTCs, an executive with the company says.

The Metaverse: Shaping The Future Of The Internet And Business Through AI Integration (Forbes, Sep 18, 2023)
The fusion of computer vision and the metaverse allows for the seamless translation of real-world facial expressions, gestures and mannerisms into virtual interactions, enhancing the authenticity of user experiences. When it comes to creating interfaces that bridge the gap between physical and digital realms, it's critically important to ensure users can effortlessly engage with the metaverse's complex layers.

Australia Awards Global Biometric Collection Service Contract to VFS Global (CNBC TV18, Sep 18, 2023)
VFS Global will provide Biometric Collection and Identity Verification, Digital Assistance with online visa application submission and Online Payment Assistance on the Department of Home Affairs portal. VFS Global will also provide remote interview hosting, document and claim checking, paper digitisation and local addressing and document delivery.

Ministers Back Bill to Legalize Widespread Police Use of Facial Recognition Tech (The Times of Israel, Sep 18, 2023)
Touted as a tool to fight violent crime in Arab communities, cameras could be deployed in public spaces with minimal oversight; bill also okayed by Justice Ministry legal adviser.

BNSF Railway Will Settle Biometric Privacy Case, after $228 MLN Verdict Wiped Out (Reuters, Sep 18, 2023)
BNSF Railway has agreed to settle a closely watched privacy class action rather than head to trial for a second time, following a U.S. judge's decision in June that gave the company a new chance to fight alleged damages from truck drivers who claimed it unlawfully collected their fingerprints. In a filing on Monday, U.S. District Judge Matthew Kennelly in Chicago federal court said BNSF and the plaintiffs in the case had signed a settlement.


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