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Amazon Is Pushing Facial Technology That a Study Says Could Be Biased

Over the last two years, Amazon has aggressively marketed its facial recognition technology to police departments and federal agencies as a service to help law enforcement identify suspects more quickly.

However, in new tests, Amazon’s system had more difficulty identifying the gender of female and darker-skinned faces than similar services from IBM and Microsoft.

Source: Amazon Is Pushing Facial Technology That a Study Says Could Be Biased – The New York Times

Feds forcing mass fingerprint unlocks is an “abuse of power,” judge rules

According to a new ruling issued last week by a federal magistrate in Oakland, California, the government can’t get a warrant granting permission to turn up at a local house allegedly connected to a criminal suspect, seize all digital devices, and force anyone found at the house to use biometrics to try to unlock those devices.

Source: Feds forcing mass fingerprint unlocks is an “abuse of power,” judge rules | Ars Technica

Airport Surveillance Takes Off in a New, Dangerous Direction

In 2018, we learned that expanded biometric surveillance is coming to an airport near you. This includes face recognition, iris scans, and fingerprints. And government agencies aren’t saying anything about how they will protect this highly sensitive information.

Full article: Year in Review: Airport Surveillance Takes Off in a New, Dangerous Direction | Electronic Frontier Foundation

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

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