US bipartisan Senate bill could ban facial recognition at airports

A proposed bill, entitled the Traveler Privacy Protection Act of 2023, proposes to stop the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) from using biometric facial recognition screening at airports. Currently, the TSA uses CAT-2 technology to digitally identify travelers without them knowing they’re being physically screened and in advance of them entering the security screening area.

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Meta Attacks FTC Authority to Enforce Privacy Agreement (or Anything Else)

December 5, 2023

It’s a sad world where consumers must look to Meta for responsible business practices.  As a reminder of Meta’s own history, they are contesting efforts by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to add new conditions to the privacy consent agreement reached in 2019 – or, as the FTC probably sees it, to comply with the spirit of the original agreement.  Taking a page from a century-old right-wing playbook, Meta is arguing the FTC’s enforcement structure is fundamentally unconstitutional, so it should have no authority regardless of Meta’s behavior.

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Blue Shield CA hack puts fine point on dangers when health data is breached

December 5, 2023

Our most intimate data is shared with healthcare providers and services, so when a breach happens there as it did with Blue Shield of California, people are particularly vulnerable. This breach at one of the state’s largest providers potentially impacts the data of 4.5 million patients and can give access to very sensitive information, including social security numbers, information on family, and where you live as well as medical and insurance data.

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Ad Fontes Media Partners with The Trade Desk to Support Brand Safe Advertising

February 23, 2024

Ad Fontes Media, a company that rates news sites for reliability and bias, has announced the integration of its rating data with The Trade Desk’s programmatic advertising platform. This will allow the screening out of highly partisan, AI-generated and clickbait sites, preferentially serving ads to sites containing quality journalism. Directing ad spend to low quality sites not only wastes dollars and threatens brand safety but de-monetizes quality news operations.

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