The Diet passed a bill Thursday to expand the use of a personal identification number to improve tax collection, despite ongoing concerns over the potential leak of private information and identity theft. Read More: My Number law revised, IDs to be linked to bank accounts from 2018 | The Japan Times.
Apps on Apple and Android smartphones leak lots of users’ information to third parties, research has suggested. Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Harvard, and Carnegie-Mellon universities studied 110 apps available on Google Play and the Apple App Store. They found 73% of the Android apps shared users’ email addresses, and 47% of […]
Patric Lanhed is trying to send one euro worth of Bitcoin from one digital wallet to another. But first, he has to hold a near-field communication (NFC) chip reader against his hand. Underneath his skin is a tiny computer chip, a popular modification among the bodyhacking crowd, which contains the secret key to his Bitcoin […]
This report was co-written by MuckRock Editor JPat Brown. MuckRock Co-founder Michael Morisy, MuckRock Intern Lukas Knight, and EFF Activism Intern Annelyse Gelman also contributed to this report. Another version appears at MuckRock.com. Law enforcement agencies around the country are increasingly embracing biometric technology, which uses intrinsic physical or behavioral characteristics—such as fingerprints, facial features, […]
In August 2015, the EEOC prevailed in a religious discrimination lawsuit against Consol Energy and was awarded in excess of $500,000.00. Former Consol mine worker Beverly Butcher, who had been with the company for over 35 years, refused to use Consol’s new biometric hand scanners that were installed to track employee time and attendance. He […]
Japan has launched a national identification system that will be used for taxation and social security payments, with a 12-digit number to be assigned to all citizens. Read More: Japan launches ‘My Number’ national ID system | Security Document News.
few weeks ago, unsatisfied with a report on REAL ID in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, I submitted an op-ed that the paper was kind enough to print. Unfortunately, they followed it up with an editorial favoring state compliance with REAL ID. And last week, the Star Tribune published an op-ed from a pro-national-ID advocacy group […]
Want to board a domestic flight without a passport? By no later than 2020, you’ll need to secure a new Massachusetts “Real ID.” Ditto if you want to enter a federal building, or tour the White House. Gov. Charlie Baker filed legislation on Wednesday that aims to bring Massachusetts into compliance with the federal […]
An inexpensive handheld device that can read strands of DNA has been hailed as revolutionary by scientists who tested the product. The palm-sized sequencer gives researchers the power to analyse DNA almost anywhere, and could help track disease outbreaks, run checks on food, and combat the trafficking of endangered animals. The gadget marks […]
For decades, economists have been talking about ‘cashless societies’ – where all transactions are performed digitally. No country in the world has yet made that a reality, but a few are getting close, and the forerunner is Sweden. Industrial technologists at Stockholm’s KTH Royal Institute of Technology have just published a study that shows how fast […]