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The Weekly Cypher: Everyday Innovation with Biometrics

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:

School’s Out. So Is the Bus Driver. | Fast Company

Teague, a Seattle-based design firm, has put forth the concept of a driverless school bus. The buses that are part of the design project, which is called Hannah, rely on facial recognition to verify each child’s identity upon pickup. Although there are still questions about safety, the Hannah project addresses numerous issues with school buses at a time when the current system feels particularly outdated. [Read More]

US Biometric Exit Coming Soon | FCW

There were nearly 900 million passengers on US flights in 2015, and the US needs a faster, more secure way to process them. Thanks to advances in biometric technology, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will be able to implement biometric exit at the US border in the next four years. This move will help address one of CBP’s thorniest issues, which is visitors who overstay their visas.  [Read More]

Amazon and Aadhaar | Buzzfeed

Amazon is ingrained in the lives of the world’s consumers. But now, the company is asking to get even closer to its Indian consumers. Indian customers of Amazon were asked for their Aadhaar ID to track lost packages. Aadhaar, which is India’s biometric ID system, has been controversial. Consumer uncertainty has deepened after private companies started asking for Aadhaar IDs for mundane transactions, leaving consumers concerned that their every move is being tracked.  [Read More]

A Small World After All | The Asahi Shimbun

By the spring of 2019, Tokyo Disneyland will have facial recognition in place to sign in annual passport holders. This measure is partly to address a labor shortage – there are currently 32 face-to-face ticketing windows, but that number will be reduced to six. Ideally, this technology will address the long lines that are an unfortunate feature of theme park visits. [Read More]

Top Secret, Low Priority | CBSNews

It’s no longer surprising when an organization hasn’t secured its data. It’s a little more surprising when that organization is the US Army. A cybersecurity firm recently revealed that it found top secret documents belonging to the US Army’s Intelligence and Security Command sitting unprotected online.  [Read More]

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