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The Weekly Cypher: The Good and the Bad of Facial Recognition

The Weekly Cypher is specially curated to keep you up-to-date on the latest in cybersecurity, biometrics, and related news and innovations. Here are a few of the headlines you might have missed this week.

West Virginia to introduce mobile phone voting for midterm elections | CNNtech

West Virginians serving overseas will be the first in the country to cast federal election ballots using a smartphone app, developed by Voatz. Anyone using the app will need to register by taking a photo of their ID as well as take a selfie video of their face. Voatz says their facial recognition software will ensure the photo and the video show the same person. [Read More]

Hackers could use facial recognition AI to sway political campaigns | CBS News

U.S. intelligence officials have warned that the upcoming midterm elections are under threat, but there may be more concerns down the road as technology becomes even more sophisticated. CNET senior producer Dan Patterson, who is covering the Black Hat USA hacker convention in Las Vegas, says artificial intelligence (AI) could soon play a role in infiltrating computers and common software used by consumers. That means it might also be used to sway politics and those running for office — just by using a computer user’s face. [Read More]

An Airline Scans Your Face. You Take Off. But Few Rules Govern Where Your Data Goes | NYTimes

The program makes boarding an international flight a breeze: Passengers step up to the gate, get their photo taken and proceed onto the plane. There is no paper ticket or airline app. Thanks to facial recognition technology, their face becomes their boarding pass. “I would find it super convenient if I could use my face at the gate,” said Jonathan Frankle, an artificial intelligence researcher at M.I.T. studying facial recognition technology. But “the concern is, what else could that data be used for?” [Read More]

NEC unveils facial recognition system for 2020 Tokyo Olympics | The Verge

NEC has announced that it will provide a large-scale facial recognition system for the 2020 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo. The system will be used to identify over 300,000 people at the games, including athletes, volunteers, media, and other staff. It’s the first time that facial recognition technology will be used for this purpose at an Olympic Games. NEC’s system is built around an AI engine called NeoFace, which is part of the company’s overarching Bio-IDiom line of biometric authentication technology. [Read More]

California airport to use facial recognition on international flights | Security InfoWatch

Mineta San Jose International Airport demonstrated a facial recognition system Monday that will make it the first West Coast airport to launch, for all international flights, a technology that officials said has already slashed the processing time for travelers. Facial recognition uses a digital image or a video capture to verify or identify a person. The airport launched the facial biometrics system in June for all arriving international passengers. Starting this fall, it also will be used for all departing international travelers, officials said. [Read More]

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