Facial recognition scanners are already at some US airports.

The next time you go to the airport you might notice something different as part of the security process: A machine scanning your face to verify your identity.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has been working with airlines to implement biometric face scanners in domestic airports to better streamline security. In fact, they’re already in place in certain airports around the country. 

But how does the process work? Which airlines and airports are involved right now? And do travelers need to be concerned about privacy breaches?

Here’s everything you need to know about the latest technological advances in airport screenings, from the government’s work to privacy concerns and more.

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GDPR privacy can be defeated using right of access requests

A British researcher has uncovered an ironic security hole in the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – right of access requests.

Right of access, also called subject access, is the part of the GDPR regulation that allows individuals to ask organisations for a copy of any data held on them.

This makes sense because, as with any user privacy system, there must be a legally enforceable mechanism which allows people to check the accuracy and quantity of personal data.

Unfortunately, in what can charitably be described as a massive GDPR teething problem, Oxford University PhD student James Pavur has discovered that too many companies are handing out personal data when asked, without checking who’s asking for it.

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US senators voice concerns over Facebook’s handling of children’s privacy

The Hill reports U.S. Sens. Ed Markey, D-Mass., and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., have reached out to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg with questions regarding the social network’s privacy policies and standards for children. Markey and Blumenthal wrote a letter to Zuckerberg seeking details on a vulnerability discovered in Facebook’s Messenger Kids app that allowed users to communicate with people without parental consent. “Children’s privacy and safety online should be Messenger Kids’ top priority,” Markey and Blumenthal wrote. “Your company has a responsibility to meet its promise to parents that children are not exposed to unapproved contacts, a promise that it appears that Facebook has not fulfilled.”
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Personal Data of “The Whole Adult Population” of Entire Country Stolen

The personal details of almost every adult in Bulgaria have been leaked as part of a huge cyber attack.

Millions of taxpayers’ private and financial data was part of the hack, officials said.

The data was stolen from Bulgaria’s NRA tax agency, which could now face a subsantial fine over the data breach. It is the biggest ever to hit the Balkan country, affecting almost every single adult among the 7 million poeple who live in the country.

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New Cyber Attack Trends Report Reveals That Digital Criminals Made Off With $45 Billion in 2018

A new report on cyber attack trends that combines information from a number of high-level sources has just been released, and it reveals a startling amount of cyber crime growth. The report revealed that cyber crime became a $45 billion industry in 2018, up tens of billions of dollars from the previous year.

The report from the Internet Society’s Online Trust Alliance (OTA) identifies trends by using data from sources including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Symantec, prominent cybercrime journal Cybersecurity Ventures, security consultant Risk Based Security, the Identity Theft Resource Center and the Internet Society’s own internal data to create as comprehensive a picture as possible of the annual cyber crime market.

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