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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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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Unencrypted QR Code violates Fair Debt Collection Act

Unencrypted QR Code - Qr code being scanned on envelope

Debt collection agency MRS BPO LLC. Is under fire for the improper use of a QR code. A unanimous three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit ruled that an unencrypted QR code that MRS BPO added to a collection letter sent to a customer (Ms. Donna DiNaples), was in violation of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA). The offending quick response code was linked to the woman’s account number and had been printed on the outside of the envelope, allowing it to be scanned…

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7-Eleven rolls out mobile checkout option in New York

Mobile Checkout Feature - 7-Eleven Store

Manhattan residents and visitors can now checkout even faster at the 7-Eleven. 7-Eleven, the Texas-based largest chain in the convenience-retailing industry, has announced Mobile Checkout, available at its convenience stores in Manhattan, New York City. This newly introduced mobile payments option lets customers skip the checkout line and pay for their purchases via the 7-Eleven app. The mobile shopping experience has been integrated into the 7Rewards loyalty program. The new Mobile Checkout service has been integrated directly into the 7Rewards loyalty program, which is part of the 7-Eleven app. In…

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Safety mobile app made available to schools across Arkansas

Safety mobile app - School lockers

Arkansas students will have access to a safety app for the 2019-20 school year. Classes began for most of Arkansas’ elementary and secondary students last Tuesday and for the 2019-20 school year, a safety mobile app will be a large part of helping to keep these students safe and quickly connecting them to emergency services should they be needed. The app provides students with an online “panic button.” Keeping students safe is a major role of Doug Bradberry’s job. Bradberry is the school safety coordinator with the Arkansas Division of…

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