London Police Implement Real-Time Facial Recognition Devices; U.S. Follows With First Fully Biometric Airport

London Police Implement Real-Time Facial Recognition Devices; U.S. Follows With First Fully Biometric Airport By Aaron Kesel London police are set to deploy real-time facial recognition technology throughout the city; while the U.S. is also implementing the tech among other biometrics in the Hartsfield-Jackson Airport in Atlanta, making it the first in the U.S. to become fully biometric. The Metropolitan Police announced that after testing facial recognition they have moved past the trial stage and are ready to permanently integrate the cameras into London. According to a report by the…

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Fighting Back Against Face Surveillance in the Skies: 2019 Year in Review

Fighting Back Against Face Surveillance in the Skies: 2019 Year in Review By Jason Kelley While cities and municipalities made clear strides to limit the use of face surveillance technology throughout 2019, airlines and government agencies tasked with identifying travelers have spent much of the year trying to expand its use. But while the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Customs and Border Patrol (CBP), along with several different airlines, did launch or conclude pilot programs that tested the waters of face recognition technology on travelers this year, they also…

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TSA Pulls 90-Year-Old Woman from Wheelchair, Forcibly Grope Her Breasts in Full Public View — Lawsuit

TSA Pulls 90-Year-Old Woman from Wheelchair, Forcibly Grope Her Breasts in Full Public View — Lawsuit PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — (TRI) The Rutherford Institute has come to the aid of an elderly Delaware woman who has alleged that Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screeners groped her upper and lower body, including feeling inside the waistband of her pants, during a security screening at Philadelphia’s International Airport (PHL) earlier this year. In a request under Pennsylvania’s Right to Know Law, Rutherford Institute attorneys have demanded copies of any video surveillance footage of the…

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Researchers Uncover Privacy Flaw in E-Passports

Researchers Uncover Privacy Flaw in E-Passports Researchers at the University of Luxembourg have discovered a flaw in the security standard used in biometric passports (e-passports) worldwide since 2004. This standard, ICAO 9303, allows e-passport readers at airports to scan the chip inside a passport and identify the holder. Most passports today use the standard ICAO 9303, which is issued by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). The standard is designed to ensure that the privacy and unlinkability of the passport holder is protected to the highest degree. Unlinkability ensures that…

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“60 Minutes” Australia Reports Contaminated Air May Be Sickening and Killing Pilots and Passengers

“60 Minutes” Australia Reports Contaminated Air May Be Sickening and Killing Pilots and Passengers By B.N. Frank Friendly skies? A recent 60 Minutes Australia segment reports how you and your loved ones may not want to board a plane ever again without wearing hazmat suits.  Of course, contaminated air may not be the only culprit.  Airplanes are full of Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR) sometimes referred to as “Electrosmog”.  Besides standard electrical operating equipment, most planes now offer free WiFi (a source of wireless radiation) to passengers.  Exposure to toxic chemicals…

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Why Is The Federal Government Hiring “EBOLA Airport Screeners?”

Why Is The Federal Government Hiring “EBOLA Airport Screeners?” By Daisy Luther While the CDC has assured us that we don’t need to worry about Ebola here in the United States, at the same time it seems that the government is quietly hiring people to screen for the disease at an American airport. It’s certainly not impossible that Ebola could spread to the United States. After all, the World Health Organization did declare the DRC Ebola outbreak an international emergency. Although they are no longer taking applications, three weeks ago…

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U.S. Customs Continues to “Modernize” Its System to Include Biometrics For All Passengers

U.S. Customs Continues to “Modernize” Its System to Include Biometrics For All Passengers By Nicholas West One aspect often lost in the immigration debate is the rollout of government solutions that are set to restrict the freedom of the perfectly innocent.  A key component of this is the increased collection of passenger biometrics. As I’ve discussed before, U.S. Customs and Border Protection has a mandate that’s been 15 years in the making to integrate government databases for ID verification. Private companies have been enlisted to ensure that there is a…

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Hackers Stole Facial Recognition Data of US Airport Travelers

Hackers Stole Facial Recognition Data of US Airport Travelers By Eoin Higgins One of the key fears that critics of mass surveillance and the proliferation of facial recognition technology have warned about has been realized with new reporting Monday that a “malicious cyber attack” has resulted in photos of airport passengers and other personal data harvested by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol being stolen by unknown actors. According to the Washington Post: Customs officials said in a statement Monday that the images, which included photos of people’s license plates, had been compromised as part of…

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The TSA Just Updated Its Rules to Allow CBD Oil on Flights

The TSA Just Updated Its Rules to Allow CBD Oil on Flights By Emma Fiala Over Memorial Day weekend, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) made an important update to its website. Hemp-derived CBD products may now be carried on airplanes, but only under certain circumstances. The important update has been needed after the 2018 Farm Bill legalized hemp and its derivatives federally. The lag in update has likely confused users of both medical marijuana and CBD oil. Organically Grown CBD Oil and Products Available (Ad) CBD oil is a non-psychoactive…

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Unconstitutional Searches of Electronic Devices at American Airports Have Quadrupled

Unconstitutional Searches of Electronic Devices at American Airports Have Quadrupled By Dagny Taggart “Go to any airport in this country and you’ll see how well our government is dealing with the terrible danger you’re in. TSA staffers are wanding 90-year-old ladies in wheelchairs, and burrowing through their suitcases. Toddlers are on the no-fly list. Lipsticks are confiscated. And it’s all done with the highest seriousness. It’s a show of protection and it stirs the fear pot, giving us over and over an image of being in grave personal peril, needing…

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