Despite Scanning Millions of Faces, Feds Caught Zero Imposters at Airports Last Year

Despite Scanning Millions of Faces, Feds Caught Zero Imposters at Airports Last Year

Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty ImagesU.S. Customs and Border Protection scanned more than 23 million people with facial recognition technology at airports, seaports, and pedestrian crossings in 2020, the agency recently revealed in its annual report on trade and travel.

In Spain a "register" for those who refuse the vaccine: "It will be shared with EU countries"

In Spain a "register" for those who refuse the vaccine: "It will be shared with EU countries"

The vaccine will not be mandatory, said Health Minister Salvador Illa, but whoever decides not to do so will be included in a "register" which will then be shared with other European Union countries.

CBP doesn’t consistently notify air travelers about facial recognition tech use, privacy: GAO

CBP doesn’t consistently notify air travelers about facial recognition tech use, privacy: GAO

“We notify travelers at these ports using verbal announcements, signs, and/or message boards that CBP takes photos for identity verification purposes, and they are informed of their ability to opt-out” — John Wagner, CBP Deputy Executive Assistant Commissioner.

Clear Channel to start tracking consumers with billboards in Europe

Clear Channel to start tracking consumers with billboards in Europe

Radar is a program that gives advertisers access to anonymized phone location data of those that pass by billboards with their ads on them and represents the pinnacle of outdoor ad tracking.

Chicago to use social media to track tourists violating quarantine; city dismisses comparison to 'Big Brother'

Chicago to use social media to track tourists violating quarantine; city dismisses comparison to 'Big Brother'

Chicago is doubling down on efforts to enforce its emergency coronavirus travel order, as officials will now be reviewing the social media posts of possible violators as the pandemic continues.

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: July 24, 2020

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: July 24, 2020

The Apple and Google contact tracing API framework was created as a way to let governments develop apps that would do Bluetooth based contact tracing without violating privacy and collecting locations and identifiers in a centralized location.

The FBI Is Secretly Using A $2 Billion Travel Company As A Global Surveillance Tool

The FBI Is Secretly Using A $2 Billion Travel Company As A Global Surveillance Tool

As the biggest of three companies that store the vast majority of the world’s travel information—from airline seats to hotel bookings — Sabre has been called on to hand over that travellers’ data and, on at least one occasion, do “real-time” tracking of a suspect.

FBI reportedly uses a travel company’s data for worldwide surveillance

FBI reportedly uses a travel company’s data for worldwide surveillance

That may already be happening — the FBI reportedly used the All Writs Act, the same controversial measure it tried to use to force Apple to hand over iPhone data, to request Kher’s information.The data isn’t very useful during the pandemic, but it could be problematic whenever normal travel resumes.

Privacy-loving EU building massive travel surveillance system for visitors that will affect billions of people

Privacy-loving EU building massive travel surveillance system for visitors that will affect billions of people

All of this data, and the answers to even more rigorous questions for visa applicants, are fed into central EU databases, where they can be accessed by over 100 national authorities, and thousands of official accounts.

Coronavirus Australia update: Victorian couple fined $3,300 over year-old holiday snaps

Coronavirus Australia update: Victorian couple fined $3,300 over year-old holiday snaps

Credit: FacebookIt comes after a Victorian man had his infringement reversed after being fined for washing his car in Hoppers Crossing on Thursday morning.

The Unacast Social Distancing Scoreboard

The Unacast Social Distancing Scoreboard

By focusing the geospatial human mobility insights our technology can surface, we created this pro bono Social Distancing Scoreboard as the first of many tools we are developing for a Unacast COVID-19 Toolkit — designed to provide high-quality insights to public agencies, healthcare organizations, local governments and businesses to enable them to learn and act in the best interest of at-risk populations and the general public.

People in China Need a Green Light From Alipay App to Move Around Country

People in China Need a Green Light From Alipay App to Move Around Country

Ant’s QR-based health code system assigns each user one of three colors -- green, yellow or red -- based on their location, basic health information and travel history.

Coronavirus hits Google: Employee tests positive

Coronavirus hits Google: Employee tests positive

Coronavirus hits tech companies: Google employee tests positive.A Google employee in Switzerland has tested positive for the coronavirus and the internet giant is restricting travel amid growing concerns about the spread of the deadly outbreak.

Hidden Data On Boarding Passes Pose Personal Security Risk

Hidden Data On Boarding Passes Pose Personal Security Risk

They were also able to put all the pertinent information on the airline website and pulled up a full itinerary, along with the cost of travel and a frequent flyer number.

California Woman Sues TSA For Detaining Her, Forcing Her to Submit to “Groin Search”

California Woman Sues TSA For Detaining Her, Forcing Her to Submit to “Groin Search”

I knew that TSA screeners were unable to force a traveler to comply, and that their only lawful option is to allow the traveler to leave the checkpoint into the non-secure area, so I continued my refusal until they let me go.

DHS May Require US Citizens to Submit to Airport Facial Scans

DHS May Require US Citizens to Submit to Airport Facial Scans

The US government may make it mandatory for all travelers, including US citizens, to submit to a facial scan when traveling through an airport.

'No controls in place': Myki details exposed in huge privacy breach

'No controls in place': Myki details exposed in huge privacy breach

Your personal information could be accessed by hackers and stalkers after a massive privacy breach by the government exposed the travel data of millions of Victorians, the state's information watchdog has found.

How Blockchain Technology Can Prevent Non-Consensual Surveillance

How Blockchain Technology Can Prevent Non-Consensual Surveillance

Apparently, when travelers are going through the Chinese border patrol process, workers are taking their phones and other devices into a separate room before returning them later on.

Chinese border guards put secret surveillance app on tourists' phones

Chinese border guards put secret surveillance app on tourists' phones

Chinese border police are secretly installing surveillance apps on the phones of visitors and downloading personal information as part of the government’s intensive scrutiny of the remote Xinjiang region, the Guardian can reveal.

Nearly All U.S. Visa Applicants Now Required To Submit 5-Year Social Media History

Nearly All U.S. Visa Applicants Now Required To Submit 5-Year Social Media History

Under a State Department policy that took effect Friday, almost all visa applicants to the United States will now be required to submit the social media usernames, email addresses and phone numbers they’ve used in the past five years.

Congress Should Pass the Protecting Data at the Border Act

Congress Should Pass the Protecting Data at the Border Act

Under the bipartisan Protecting Data at the Border Act, border officers would be required to get a warrant before searching a traveler’s electronic device. Further, the bill would prevent border agencies from holding any lawful U.S. persons for over four hours in pursuit of consensual access to online accounts or the information on electronic equipment.

The Customer Identity Infrastructure that Cruise Line Passengers Don’t See

The Customer Identity Infrastructure that Cruise Line Passengers Don’t See

The Customer Identity Infrastructure that Cruise Line Passengers Don’t See. Yash Rathi. Cruise lines are well-known for their innovation in creating enormous ships and fun stuff to do on them. But what travelers like me don’t see is the infrastructure that makes them possible: a customer identity solution.

Facial recognition can speed you through airport security, but there's a cost

Facial recognition can speed you through airport security, but there's a cost

"US Customs and Border Protection is changing the face of travel with its cloud-based facial biometric matching service," the agency says in a pamphlet explaining the technology.

Preparing for Travel – Properly Backing Up Your Android Cell Phone

Preparing for Travel – Properly Backing Up Your Android Cell Phone

Wipe: Reinstall OS and Overwrite All Free Space with Garbage Data You can use the “system restore” or “factory reset” feature on a lot of phones in order to roll back all of your apps, settings, and caches to the factory defaults.

Airplane seat cameras: US senators raise concerns

Airplane seat cameras: US senators raise concerns

'Standard feature' Concerns about seatback cameras have prompted a response from two US senators.Courtesy American Airlines American Airlines told CNN Travel in early March that cameras are "a standard feature," but not activated and that the carrier has no plans to use them.

Can airplane seat cameras spy on passengers?

Can airplane seat cameras spy on passengers?

"Some of our 777 aircraft have cameras that came pre-installed with the inflight entertainment hardware that we had purchased from the manufacturer (Panasonic)," a spokeperson for the Dubai-based airline told CNN Travel.

How To Stay Safe Online When You're Traveling

How To Stay Safe Online When You're Traveling

Whether you’re traveling for business, for pleasure, or to visit your family in your hometown, it’s always great to get away from the drudgery of your daily routine to see new things and meet new people.

Saudi Arabia runs a huge, sinister online database of women that men use to track them and stop them running away

Saudi Arabia runs a huge, sinister online database of women that men use to track them and stop them running away

NOS At least 1,000 women try to flee Saudi Arabia each year, and experts told INSIDER the text alerts have enabled many men to catch family members before they make it out.

"Surveillance Capitalism": Google Sister Company To Package And Sell Location Data From Millions Of Cellphones

"Surveillance Capitalism": Google Sister Company To Package And Sell Location Data From Millions Of Cellphones

A subsidiary of Google's parent company Alphabet, Sidewalk Labs, is using real-time mobile location data from millions of cellphone users collected over long periods of time in order to help urban planners make critical decision on transportation and land use.

Popular Android apps sending user data to Facebook without user consent, likely illegally

Popular Android apps sending user data to Facebook without user consent, likely illegally

The Privacy International campaign group found that at least 20 [apps] send certain data to Facebook in the second that they open in a phone, before [users] can be asked for permission.