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Companies strive to make secure digital passports for COVID-19 vaccine authentication

As more people are vaccinated and we move toward a return to public events, travel and gatherings, there is a clear need to have a valid, secure way to confirm whether a given person has been vaccinated. The Commons Project and a group of health and technology companies including Microsoft, Oracle, Salesforce, Cerner, Epic and Cigna are looking to develop common standards for health cards, via a new file type that could hold vaccine records without violating privacy.

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Apple’s Day in the Life of Your Data

February 2, 2021

On a more positive privacy note, Apple offered an easy-to-understand story that illustrated how its privacy controls can make a big difference.  Following the simple story of a dad taking his daughter to the park, Apple shows step-by-step how much data could be revealed by looking up the weather, checking a map, taking a photo, and other common actions — and how much of that sharing its privacy controls would prevent.

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Independent Grocer Is First to Deploy Amazon Just Walk Out Technology

December 7, 2022

Here’s a retail story that doesn’t involve a media network – but don’t worry, it does feature Amazon, AI, and Kansas City.  Independent retailer Community Groceries will be the first non-Amazon company to deploy the Amazon One entry gate and Amazon’s Just Walk Out checkout technology.  Amazon One grants entry after reading your palm or credit card, while Just Walk Out tracks what customers put in their cart and charges for it.  O brave new world.

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