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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:

INTERPOL Conference on Biometrics | FindBiometrics

INTERPOL just completed its first Fingerprint and Face Symposium on December 6th in Lyon, France. The two-day symposium was meant to encourage law enforcement agents around the world to embrace biometric technology and encourage useful regulations. More importantly, INTERPOL’s symposium encouraged agencies to share their biometric data so that it becomes easier to bring criminals to justice, no matter where they are. [Read More]

China Collecting Biometrics from Xinjiang | CNN

Chinese authorities are collecting biometric information from millions of people in the Xinjiang region of China. The far-west region of China is the subject of tight surveillance, allegedly due to the fact that this is one of the few regions that is predominantly Muslim. This attempt to collect information is coming on the heels of an April ban on long beards and headscarves in the region. [Read More]

Romanian Airport Adds Facial Recognition to CCTV | BiometricUpdate

The CCTV system at Romania’s biggest international airport is getting a €8.8 million upgrade. Bucharest’s Henri Coandă International Airport will have facial recognition software integrated into its CCTV. The upgrade also includes expanding the area that the cameras can reach, and it will include public areas, platforms, and lounges.  Over 10 million passengers traveled through the airport in 2016.  [Read More]

UK Banks Come Clean About Breaches | Financial Times

New regulations are forcing UK banks to publish information about security breaches. The Financial Conduct Authority is telling UK banks to make a wide range of information available to consumers in an attempt to promote competition in the UK’s £16 billion small business and personal account market. The need to disclose is one of the biggest issues in cybersecurity ethics, and it will be interesting to see how this new regulation influences consumers. [Read More]

Kaspersky Lab Software Banned From Federal Use | TechCrunch

One of the world’s most well-known cybersecurity firms is banned from use by the US federal government. President Trump signed the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) into law, and part of the act prohibited the use of antivirus software made by the Russian cybersecurity company, Kaspersky Lab. This ban follows months of speculation over whether Kaspersky compromised US intelligence to aid the Russian government. [Read More]

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