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In Brief: Washington State unemployment records compromised in a breach

Records of 1.6M exposed, including Social Security numbers and banking data.

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Council of Europe issues guidelines on biometric facial recognition for business and governments

February 9, 2021

Warning that use of facial recognition technology poses a risk to individual privacy and can negatively affect human dignity and rights, the Council specified that it should only be employed on an appropriate legal basis. They said it should not be used in uncontrolled environments; in ways that may promote racial, sexual or religious discrimination; or to determine personality traits, sentiments, or personal mental health.

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IT Teams Build Sloppy Automations: TeamDynamix Survey

August 17, 2022

IT teams spend lots of time on repetitive requests from business users, finds this TeamDynamix survey.  You might think the implication is IT should let users do more for themselves.  But the main time-wasters are things like password resets, employee on-boarding, and managing credentials, which can’t really be delegated.  And here’s the kicker: IT professionals automate those tasks by building sloppy, insecure, undocumented scripts, just like the non-professionals.   Fun fact: 53% of teams manage 100 or more applications.

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