Korea rolls out nationwide QR code system

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Across the country, the quick response barcode is being deployed to help battle the pandemic. South Korea has rolled out a new nationwide QR code system to help the country to further combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The quick response barcodes are already mandatory for gaining access to 80,000 facilities. The nationwide QR code system works to provide individuals with entry to about 80,000 facilities across the country. These are also being used for gaining entry to arenas and baseball stadiums. This system has already undergone extensive testing…

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Clearview AI to end contract with Royal Canadian Mounted Police

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The facial recognition company is halting the sale of its software across the country. Clearview AI has announced that it will no longer continue Canadian market sales of its facial recognition software. This includes bringing an end to the contract the company had with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The cessation of Clearview AI’s Canadian operations includes stopping the sale of its facial recognition software to the RCMP, the country’s national law enforcement. This, according to the Office of the Privacy Commissioner in Canada. In February, Canadian privacy officials launched…

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Google’s Fitbit acquisition draws criticism from advocacy groups worldwide

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Twenty organizations from the US, Europe, Latin America and more have signed a warning statement. Google’s Fitbit acquisition was the topic of a signed statement from 20 advocacy groups from the United States, Europe, Latin America and other parts of the world. The statement called for regulators to take care in the tech giant’s $2.1 billion bid to purchase the popular fitness tracker company. The main concerns voiced by the advocacy groups have to do with privacy and competition. The 20 advocacy groups include Public Citizen from the United States,…

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Chinese social commerce comprises 11.6 percent of online sales

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Retail sales over this channel have been skyrocketing across the country and will continue growing. Chinese social commerce is rapidly rising and is expected to reach $242.41 billion in 2020, comprising 11.6 percent of the total online retail sales in the country, according to a new eMarketer forecast report. The report predicts that by 2023, the growth rate will bring that figure to almost double that level. The report indicated that Chinese social commerce would continue an extremely rapid rise for retail sales, almost doubling by the close of 2023,…

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IBM facial recognition programs cancelled

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The technology giant has also called for public debate over law enforcement use of the tech. The IBM facial recognition programs are being shut down as the tech giant calls for urgent public debate on if and how law enforcement should use this tech. The company’s CEO sent a letter to Congress at the start of this week regarding AI’s responsible use. CEO Arvind Krishna wrote that the company wants to work with lawmakers on its IBM facial recognition software to advance justice and racial equality through educational opportunities, police…

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