Colorado becomes first U.S. state to enact QR code ballot ban

QR code ballot ban - U.S. vote

Cybersecurity concerns were the reason given for the ban. On September 16, 2019, Colorado became the first American state to put a QR code ballot ban in place. The state once used the quick response codes to help tabulate votes. However, concerns of cybersecurity issues led to the decision to ban the use of the unique 2-D barcodes on ballots. Officials say that QR codes can potentially be changed by hackers. Prior to the QR code ballot ban, residents in Colorado made their selections on a ballot-marking device. This device…

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Japanese bank to roll out facial recognition ATMs to customers

Facial recognition ATMs - ATM Machine

Seven Bank and NEC Corporation have teamed up to bring the identify verification tech to ATMs. Japanese bank Seven Bank is providing its customers with facial recognition ATMs, which will be enabled with the identity verification technology and a QR (quick response) code reader for document authentication and payments. NEC Corporation, the Japanese multinational provider of information technology services and products, has provided the tech that’s been integrated into the machines. The NEC technology is part of the company’s Bio-Idiom portfolio of biometric authentication technologies. The facial recognition ATMs will…

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Kona Coffee QR code to help Hawaiian company improve transparency with consumers

Kona Coffee QR Code - Coffee Beans, Mug and Flowers

Hala Tree Coffee has announced it will be putting QR code technology to good use. Hala Tree Coffee, a Hawaii-based organic coffee producer, is introducing a Kona coffee QR code to make their product more transparent to consumers. The move to add the 2D square barcode to their product packaging has been done in an effort to separate their product from other diluted Kona Coffee bean products on the market. Not all Kona Coffee products feature classic Kona Typica. Kona Coffee is the market name for coffee that is cultivated…

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Bitcoin QR code generators are not as secure as some may think

Bitcoin QR code generators - Bitcoin

A report from ZenGo reveals there’s a lot of scam QR code generators for Bitcoin. A recent analysis conducted by ZenGo, a keyless Bitcoin and cryptocurrency wallet, reveals that four out of the top five Bitcoin QR code generators listed on Google’s front page are operated by scammers. The codes that are being generated link to the scammer’s own wallet. ZenGo discovered that when a user uses one of these malicious sites to create a quick response (QR) code for their personal Bitcoin address, the site generates a code for…

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Restaurant chain in B.C. Canada implements tabletop QR code

tabletop QR code - restaurant customers

Tap & Barrel introduced QR code payments at tables. Customers at British Columbia (B.C.) restaurant chain Tap & Barrel can view and pay their bill by scanning a tabletop QR code. The quick response (QR) code “robo-servers” have been implemented to streamline bill payments and even lets diners split their bill. Customers can connect to the bill at their table by scanning a QR code. The tabletop QR code is located at the diners’ tables at Tap & Barrel restaurants. It lets the customers scan the code to connect them…

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