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Risks from stolen Marriott data: espionage, ID theft, home burglaries

The data stolen from the Marriott hotel empire in a massive breach is so rich and specific it could be used for espionage, identity theft, reputational attacks and even home burglaries, security experts say.

Affected reservation system could be extremely enticing to nation-state spies interested in the travels of military and senior government officials.

Full article: Risks from stolen Marriott data: espionage, ID theft, home burglaries – East Bay Times

Companies ‘can sack workers for refusing to use fingerprint scanners’

Fair Work Commission rejects case by Queensland sawmill worker who said scanning system was a breach of his privacy Businesses using fingerprint scanners to monitor their workforce can legally sack employees who refuse to hand over biometric information on privacy grounds, the Fair Work Commission has ruled.

Full article: Companies ‘can sack workers for refusing to use fingerprint scanners’

Microchip implants are threatening workers’ rights

Initially, the chips are being used in place of ID cards as a way of opening secure doors. But there’s good reason to think the use of implants could expand to more sinister purposes, giving employers much greater control over their workers and raising serious concerns over issues related to human dignity, ethics and health.

Full article: Microchip implants are threatening workers’ rights

The Newest Password Technology Is Making Your Phone Easier for Police to Search

For the first time, police have compelled a suspect to unlock his phone using Face ID. The case reveals an interesting inversion: More advanced password technology is less protected from police seizure.

Full article: face-recognition-iphone-unlock-police-force – The Atlantic

Soon, your face will be your boarding card

Soon, you will not need ID proof and boarding cards to board a domestic flight in India. Indian government has zeroed in on facial recognition as the biometric to be used for giving passengers paperless entry into airports for domestic flights. The process will roll out at the 8 airports – Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad,  Bengaluru, Varanasi, Vijayawada, Pune and Kolkata.

Source: Soon, your face will be your boarding card – Times of India

What does “identity” look like in a GDPR world?

Identity, quite literally, defines who we are. Previously confined to a single piece of paper, then a larger computer database, and now spread across multiple devices and platforms, many are questioning the future of identity and how digitisation has affected the way consumers, businesses and governments view the term.

Full article: What does “identity” look like in a GDPR world?

Facebook Hack Puts Thousands of Other Sites at Risk

Ten years ago, the social network introduced a password system that connected it to a broad swath of the internet. Now we are seeing the downside. The hack and its fallout underscore the lengths to which Facebook has cemented itself as the identity of the internet, and what happens when the security systems of one company — trusted by so many — fail.

Full article: Facebook Hack Puts Thousands of Other Sites at Risk – The New York Times

Digital IDs Are More Dangerous Than You Think

Governments seek to digitize their citizens in an effort to universalize government services, while the banking, travel, and insurance industries aim to create more seamless processes for their products and services. However, digital ID poses one of the gravest risks to human rights when combined with facial recognition technology, geo-location and other identifiers.

Source: Digital IDs Are More Dangerous Than You Think | WIRED

Fido Alliance adds a biometrics certification program to help fight spoofing 

In a move aimed at upping standards across biometric user verification systems, the industry consortium, Fido Alliance, has launched a certification program for biometrics systems.

The goal of the Biometric Certification Component Program is to provide a framework for the certification of biometric subsystems that can in turn be integrated into FIDO Certified authenticators. While biometric verification systems such as fingerprint readers have been pretty widely adopted in the mobile space already there hasn’t been a standardized way to validate the accuracy and reliability of biometric recognition systems in the commercial marketplace

Source: Fido Alliance adds a biometrics certification program to help fight spoofing | TechCrunch

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