Shareholders demand Amazon end facial recognition sales to government

By Fred O'Connor | January 18, 2019
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. Shareholders demand Amazon end facial recognition sales to government| Cnet Concerns about Amazon’s facial recognition program have now reached the company’s […]
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Can the GDPR Help Businesses Navigate America’s 50 Different Data Privacy Laws?

By Fred O'Connor | June 5, 2018
As Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis once put it, in the US the states are the laboratories of democracy, able to “try novel social and economic experiments without risk to the rest of the country.” Which is why there are now 50 different – albeit sometimes similar – laws about data privacy. What should companies […]
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Three Options for the Secure Storage of Biometric Data

By Ian E. Muller | May 31, 2018
How much security does your data need? The knee-jerk response (and the one your CISO would love the most) is, “All of it.” Maybe in a perfect world, where money is no object, that’s true, but here in the real world cost must be balanced out by several other factors – including how important it […]
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Not Ready for the GDPR? You’re Not Alone. Here’s What You Need to Do

By Ian E. Muller | May 24, 2018
Tomorrow is the deadline for complying with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). If you’re not ready, don’t worry, neither are most of the regulators. The GDPR was adopted by the EU in 2016. It gave companies 24 months, until May 25 of this year, to be compliant with the data collection and protection law. […]
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Is Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act Outdated?

By Ayenna Cagaanan | May 10, 2018
At the beginning of this year, Google released the Google Arts & Culture app, which included a fun feature where you could upload a selfie of yourself and the app would find your “art twin” in classic portraits from around the world. For Illinois residents, however, this feature was not available because of the Illinois […]
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China’s Social Credit System Raises Privacy Concerns over Surveillance

By Ayenna Cagaanan | May 1, 2018
Imagine your FICO score. Not a good image? Now imagine it on steroids. Rather than just credit-worthiness, the score also dictates whether you can be promoted. On the other side of the score, government officials can track your purchases and rank them on morality. Did you buy a new video game instead of paying off […]
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An Argument for a Biometric Distributed Data Model

By Ayenna Cagaanan | April 26, 2018
With the release of a new study performed by Vanson Bourne, Veridium confirmed that passwords are on their way out. Surveying 200 IT senior professionals in the US, researchers found that only 34 percent were confident that passwords alone protect data efficiently. These IT decision makers look to biometrics as a more secure method of […]
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Who Owns Your Biometric Data?

By Ian E. Muller | April 7, 2018
Do you use your fingerprint to log into your banking app? What about for authenticating a payment? Does your work use face or iris recognition for accessing secure facilities? Do you unlock your phone with a biometric? If so, you might be wondering where that data is stored. And for those of you worried about […]
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How to Preserve Privacy in Biometric Systems

By Asem Othman | March 15, 2018
More people are using their biometrics every day to unlock their phones, access bank accounts, and secure data. The problem is, as this technology becomes more popular, some people, and companies, are using it without a second thought to privacy. In a world where our photos are accessible online for nearly anyone to access, are […]
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