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Customs and border patrol will be using a new facial recognition system to try and find immigration violators. The new technology is being used to help identify foreigners who stay in the United States too long. “We do see people trying to use the legitimate document, but it belonging to someone else, to conceal their identity,” Customs and Border Protection Deputy Assistant Commissioner John Wagner said, “and we are vulnerable to that.” The technology compares photos in passports with the faces of the people presenting them and rates how likely they are to be a […]

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From Schiphol Airport: Schiphol regularly tries out new technologies as part of our ongoing commitment to innovation. Recently, we began using Google Glass in the terminal and outside on the airfield. By tapping into this innovative technology, we hope to both gain a better insight into the passenger experience and support operations at the airport. Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport is one of the busiest in Europe. Airport authority officers are trialling Google Glass as a hands-free way to look up gate and airplane information. The airport started its trial of Glass last month, and has developed […]

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In Rochester, New York, and other cities around the country, license plate readers (LPRs) continue to pop up. With little regulation nationwide, no one really knows how much of their data is collected, how it’s used, who keeps the data or for how long. Most surprisingly, the digital cameras are mounted on cars and trucks driven by a small army of repo men, including some in Rochester and Syracuse. Shadowing a practice of U.S. law enforcement that some find objectionable, records collected by the repo companies are added to an ever-growing database of license-plate records […]

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Four men claim they were approached by the FBI to become informants. when they declined, they say they were put on the no-fly list. Tweet

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You have a right to privacy. How about when you are driving around Manhattan? Maybe not. On January 7, 2014, the New York Civil Liberties Union sent the New York State Department of Transportation, the New York City Department of Transportation and the NYPD formal legal requests for information on how they use E-ZPass readers to track and record New Yorkers’ movements. The request was filed after several recent press reports documented the use of E-ZPass readers to collect information on law-abiding New Yorkers far from toll plazas. “New Yorkers have a right to know […]

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