QR codes stir up controversy in Pennsylvania court

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Certain quick response codes that are visible on an envelope’s face have been found to violate the FDCPA. The United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania has ruled that QR codes that can be seen on the face of an envelope and that have an account number embedded within them are in violation of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA). When visible quick response codes are used in conjunction with account numbers they become a privacy concern. According to the court, by using QR codes on…

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QR codes and smartphones to help protect credit card data

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A new system will use these technologies in an effort to block card skimming practices. A new system has now been developed using QR codes and smartphones to help to overcome the current problem being faced by skimming devices that can read credit card numbers as a consumer makes a purchase at a vending machine or other kind of automated kiosk. The goal is to try to use technology commonly carried by consumers in order to overcome this type of theft. The U.S. BMO Harris Bank recently launched its own…

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New tech based on QR codes motivates investors

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A tweaking of quick response codes let consumers authenticate products with a smartphone scan. A company called Expander has just managed to develop a technology based on QR codes in order to mark various products with unique fingerprint-like barcodes that will give consumers the ability to verify their authenticity in a way that would be nearly impossible for scammers to be able to replicate. This led to a pitch by Ollie Langridge that was exceptionally impressive to investors who were keen to take part. The idea is to provide barcodes…

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QR codes could protect national security

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While quick response codes are best known for their marketing uses, researchers are now seeing new potential for the barcodes. While the most popular use of QR codes is, by far, in packaging and marketing, to ensure that consumers will be able to obtain the very latest information about a product or brand and its promotions, university researchers have recently revealed that they feel that these barcodes could do a lot more than just sell products. A team from the University of Connecticut believes that quick response codes could help…

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QR codes tech patent granted to Viscount Systems

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This new technology makes it possible for smart mobile devices to provide advanced physical access control. Software company with a focus on logical and physical security solutions, Viscount Systems Inc. has recently announced that it has been awarded a patent for its QR codes technology (U.S. Patent 8941465 B2). That patent allows quick response codes to be used to gain physical access control through devices like smartphones. This patent is a component of its greater Freedom Access Control Solution. It makes it possible for the easy and affordable technology behind…

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New app tries to make QR codes safer to scan

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The Kapersky scanner application has been designed to add another layer of protection for smartphone users. As QR codes have become commonplace in advertising, packaging, and a number of other uses, they have attracted the attention of people who would use them for malicious purposes, as seems to be the case of virtually every other kind of technology that is increasing in use. The struggle presented by quick response codes is that scanning takes the user to an unidentified URL. The traditional scanning app for QR codes doesn’t reveal the…

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QR codes use at Trinity College teach an online privacy lesson

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A mysterious quick response code was displayed at various places throughout the University campus. Over the short while, QR codes have been posted at a number of different spots across the campus of Trinity College, Dublin, as a type of projection that has left students, staff, and faculty members wondering where it could lead and who was behind it. When scanned, these quick response codes led to a website requesting the device user’s personal details. Over a short period of time, the QR codes were scanned more than 100 times,…

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QR codes authenticate online banking transactions at Rabobank

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These quick response codes will now be used to boost the data and mobile security it provides. Rabobank has announced that it is enhancing the security that it provides for its online banking experience trough the implementation of Vasco Data Security technology, which uses high definition QR codes for authentication of customers that use their web based services. Central to this effort is the Rabo Scanner, which uses a color display and embedded camera. That device is used for capturing the QR codes that are displayed on the computer screen,…

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QR codes are finding their way into criminal scams

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Authorities have cautioned the public to watch out for a new form of mobile security fraud using quick response codes. Authorities from countries around the world are cautioning the public to pay attention to the QR codes that they are scanning and downloading when they are in public places, as certain versions can present a mobile security threat. It has been found that criminal gangs in China have been using a bogus quick response codes for devious purposes. A Chinese language newspaper, the United Daily News, has reported that the…

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QR codes chosen over biometrics by Facebook

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In the greatly desirable move to eventually step away from password use, the company is rejecting bio-based sign ins. Gregg Stefancik, a Facebook engineer, has now revealed that while he would like to eventually bring the social media company away from its reliance on traditional passwords for security, he would find that QR codes are a far superior replacement, particularly when compared to biometrics, which are being considered – and already used – by other companies. In fact, Stefancik was greatly and vocally opposed to the use of biometrics for…

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