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Commission documents reveal vision for European Digital Identity

The European Commission has outlined its vision for a European Digital Identity, which would seek to provide a ‘trusted and secure’ form of online identification for the use of public and private services.

As part of a presentation from the Commission to the Council Telecommunications and Information Society Working Party last week, officials highlighted why they believe digital identification has become ‘fundamental’ to the everyday operation of online services.

Source: Commission documents reveal vision for European Digital Identity – EURACTIV.com

Cloud facial verification tech used for first time in establishing national digital identity in Singapore scheme

Cloud facial verification technology has been used for the first time in a government national identity programme in Singapore.

The country’s National Digital Identity (NDI) programme, driven by Singapore’s GovTech agency, will utilise the technology in SingPass – the digital identity for Singapore residents used by four million people – as proof of ID for accessing government services online.

Source: Cloud facial verification tech used for first time in establishing national digital identity in Singapore scheme

A New Tool Jams Facial Recognition Technology

Berlin-based startup  recently launched a public interest campaign to help solve the problem of authorities using facial recognition technology to identify protesters.

The campaign website, , provides a free privacy engineering service that quickly removes “facial fingerprints” from user-uploaded images. Software scans the original photos and creates new images that look strikingly similar to the originals but which contain an essential difference – new photos have new synthetic faces.

Source: A New Tool Jams Facial Recognition Technology With Digital Doppelgängers | by Evan Selinger | Aug, 2020 | OneZero

Canada Admits COVID-19 Contact Tracing App Does Not Guarantee 100% Anonymity

Canada’s privacy regulator is admitting the government’s contract tracing app can’t provide a 100% guarantee of anonymity.

“True anonymity, technically speaking, would require the complete and permanent impossibility of reversing the data processes at play, which could reveal sources of personal information and so re-identify individuals,” says Vito Pilieci, spokesman for Canada Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien.

“Our understanding of the situation is that while the identification of users would be highly improbable, it would not be impossible.”

Source: Canada Admits COVID-19 Contact Tracing App Does Not Guarantee 100% Anonymity

Proposed Amendment to the North Carolina Identity Theft Protection Act

In April 2019, with the introduction of House Bill 904, a bi-partisan effort was made to strengthen cyber security in North Carolina.

H.B. 904 seeks to make North Carolina’s Identity Theft Protection Act one of the strongest in the nation by broadening the definition of what constitutes a data breach, what proactive steps companies and employers must take to prevent a breach of their customers or employees’ personal information, and the penalties available to victims of data breaches, among other provisions.

Source: Proposed Amendment to the North Carolina Identity Theft Protection Act | Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC – JDSupra

Glasses Equipped With Facial Recognition Are Coming

New York-based Vuzix is selling augmented reality headsets to identify suspects.

In February, Gizmodo reported that Vuzix was working with Clearview AI to bring its billion-person facial recognition to Vuzix’s AR glasses. (Clearview said at the time that the app was just a prototype.)

Vuzix also recently announced that it was working with a company called TensorMark to bring facial recognition to the company’s headsets. Vuzix is pitching its product as a solution not just for security, but also border patrol, first responders, retail, hospitality, and banking.

Facial recognition in an AR headset raises all the same issues as the technology when deployed in CCTV cameras, including privacy and accuracy. But the small form factor also begs new questions, like what shortcuts might have been taken to run facial recognition algorithms on smaller, weaker computing chips? Do matches get double-checked by anyone?

Source: Glasses Equipped With Facial Recognition Are Coming

China Develops Facial Recognition Tech to Identify People Wearing Coronavirus Masks

A major client of the Beijing-based Hanwang Technology Ltd, which developed this technology, is the Ministry of Public Security, which runs the police.

A Chinese company says it has developed the country’s first facial recognition technology that can identify people when they are wearing a mask, as most are these days because of the coronavirus, and help in the fight against the disease.

China employs some of the world’s most sophisticated systems of electronic surveillance, including facial recognition. But the coronavirus, which emerged in Hubei province late last year, has resulted in almost everyone wearing a surgical mask outdoors in the hope of warding off the virus, posing a particular problem for surveillance.

Source: China Develops Facial Recognition Tech to Identify People Wearing Coronavirus Masks

Publishers Are Wary Of New Tech That Wants To Use Their First-Party Cookies

With the clock ticking on third-party cookies, publishers will soon be the only part of the ad ecosystem with direct relationships with their readers.

The identity-preserving workarounds pitched by agencies and buy-side ad tech often involve using a publisher’s first-party cookie to store information, and allowing outside partners to call up these first-party cookie records (often via API) and stitch them together to understand identity.

Other solutions use local storage or have a publisher create a new subdomain (a CNAME record) for the ad tech company that allows them to set first-party cookies. Then, buyers can essentially recreate the identity that powers the open web.

Unfortunately, most – though not all – of these solutions fail to meet publishers’ privacy compliance criteria, and many feel these are temporary workarounds vs. true innovations.

Full article: Publishers Are Wary Of New Tech That Wants To Use Their First-Party Cookies | AdExchanger

Why your palm could be safer than fingerprints or facial recognition?

Amazon and Apple both have patents for palm scanners and Chinese startups have already started using the tech in locks and vending machines.

Palm recognition systems work by identifying vein patterns and lines and creases on the hand’s surface, ideally using cameras and infrared to avoid contact. Compared with a face, palmprint is not privacy sensitive.

Source: Why your palm could be safer than fingerprints or facial recognition – Amazon and Apple both have patents for palm scanners and Chinese startups have already started using the tech in locks and vending machines | Abacus

Carrefour’s fingerprint payments to be investigated by Belgian privacy agency

The Belgian Data Protection Authority has stated that there is “a good chance” it will investigate Carrefour’s fingerprint payment system.

The supermarket chain announced on Tuesday that it will organise a pilot project allowing clients to pay for their groceries with their fingerprints in a store in the centre of Brussels. The clients will be able to pay by scanning their finger at the cash register, after which the money will disappear from their bank account.

Source: Carrefour’s fingerprint payments to be investigated by Belgian privacy agency

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