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

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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

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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

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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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QR code security update needed, says Quick Response code creator

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Japanese engineer, Masahiro Hara, vows to strengthen the safety of the system. Hara, the creator of the 2D code, says that improved QR code security is needed since it has become so popular and is now being widely used as he hadn’t expected for various applications all over the globe. Now that it is a worldwide multipurpose application utilized in a variety of fields, including cashless payments via smartphones, Hara wants to strengthen the safety of the system. The QR Code is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2019. The quick…

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