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Gene pattern research prompts privacy concerns

A recent study by Stanford biologists unearths new evidence that a limited selection of a person or animal’s genetic information is sufficient to significantly predict the contents of their DNA, which could have implications for working with incomplete or damaged sets of DNA, according to researchers.

Source: Gene pattern research prompts privacy concerns | Stanford Daily

Tricking “secure” Samsung Galaxy S8 iris scanner can be easy

While fingerprint scanners are pretty common feature on smartphones now, Samsung is trying to further with iris scanners stating it makes new Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ their securest phones. However, German white-hat hacker group  Chaos Computer Club (CCC) have announced that they’ve found relatively easy way to trick the iris-recognition system of new Samsung Galaxy S8.

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One Day, a Machine Will Smell Whether You’re Sick

Each of us has a unique “odorprint” made up of thousands of organic compounds. These molecules offer a whiff of who we are, revealing age, genetics, lifestyle, hometown — even metabolic processes that underlie our health. Researchers have been trying for decades to figure out how to build an inexpensive odor sensor for quick, reliable and noninvasive diagnoses.

Source: One Day, a Machine Will Smell Whether You’re Sick – The New York Times

You Cannot Encrypt Your Face

Ability to dissent and to do it anonymously was central to fight for independence and founding of the United States. However, latest facial recognition technology, used to fight crime, may eliminate people’s ability to be anonymous. It tracks our body, not devices we use, and is able to identify us from far away and without us knowing it.

Source: You Cannot Encrypt Your Face

40,000 Tinder pics scraped into big data service

Developer Stuart Colianni had built a a set of 40,000 facial images by scraping the Tinder dating service arguing that publicly available facial datasets are generally too small to be useful. Dataset with photos was published on Kaggle, but later deleted because of strong criticism.

Source: 40,000 Tinder pics scraped into big data service

British Cops Will Scan Every Fan’s Face at the Champions League Final

South Wales Police is piloting facial recognition at one of Europe’s biggest sporting events despite significant criticism against the technology from fans.

Cameras will potentially be scanning the faces of an estimated 170,000 visitors. Cameras also will capture plus many more thousands of people in the Cardiff city center on UEFA Champions League match day.

Captured images will then be compared in real time to 500,000 custody images stored in the police information and records management system alerting police to any “persons of interest”.

Source: British Cops Will Scan Every Fan’s Face at the Champions League Final

NFL Players Strike a Deal to Sell Their Biometric Data

Quietly flying under the radar in the fitness wearables market is Whoop, a manufacturer of high-end wrist-worn straps that measure data 100 times per second. In what could turn out to be one of the more bizarre licensing agreements ever, the startup struck a deal with the NFL Players Association today that will make it possible for players to sell their health data.

Source: NFL Players Strike a Deal to Sell Their Biometric Data

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