Police use of Australian QR code check-in system skyrockets controversy

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Police forces are seeking use of the quick response codes intended as COVID-19 contact tracing. Australia’s privacy watchdog has called for a ban on the use of QR code check-in data by police forces. Law enforcement agencies in the country have been seeking to obtain the data collected through the COVID-19 spread control system on at least six occasions in efforts to solve unrelated crimes. The QR code check-in system had already been controversial, but this trend spiked with the news. The privacy watchdog has been joined by civil liberties…

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New QR code technology to enhance Ellensburg Rodeo Hall of Fame museum

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The Washington state location is seeking to keep its experience fresh and current for visitors. The Ellensburg Rodeo Hall of Fame museum in Washington state is using QR code technology to give their visitors a more fresh and current experience. The museum has taken great care to keep things new and interesting to encourage regular visitors. Among the strategies the Ellensburg Rodeo Hall of Fame has employed includes rotating exhibits as well as regularly moving things to different locations around the museum. Moreover, it also provides local schools with a…

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Facial recognition systems are on the rise by US government agencies

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Despite massive opposition and calls for a moratorium, feds are moving forward with this technology. Even as opposition rapidly rises, the US government is staying the course for increased use of facial recognition systems and related technologies. The US Government Accountability Office recently released a report with plans for the tech. The US Government Accountability Office report was called “Facial Recognition Technology Current and Planned Uses by Federal Agencies”. It outlined the existing and planned use of facial recognition systems and related technology by federal government agencies. It included a…

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Burning Man is exclusively a free virtual reality event in 2021

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The world-famous desert festival has gone entirely digital this year and is accepting donations. Burning Man has announced that it will be a virtual reality event in 2021 that will be free to everyone but that will be accepting donations for anyone who wishes to do so. The VR experience will allow people to wander the landscapes and the art from their own homes. The decision to turn Burning Man into a virtual reality event this year was due to the threat of the COVID-19 Delta variant. This is the…

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Australia tests NFC technology for travel visa into country

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The country’s Department of Home Affairs is piloting a Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) application. The Australian Department of Home Affairs has announced that it will be testing a new Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) app using NFC technology for a contact-free entry visa. The use of near field communication will help to quickly verify and authenticate a traveler’s credentials. The NFC technology would work through an enabled mobile device in conjunction with the individual’s passport. The application will use both near field communication and optical character recognition (OCR) to read, capture…

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