Week in Review - August 22, 2013


Not too long ago a discussion about face recognition technology sounded like something straight out of a futuristic spy thriller. Today, such technology is well into development. The Department of Homeland Security is testing a crowd-scanning program that will allow it to identify the faces of people on the terrorism watch list. In addition, corporate training courses are developing scanning software to detect when trainees are distracted. The technology tracks the user’s eye movements and when it detects the user looking away for more than a few seconds, it pauses the program and forces the user to pay attention in order to complete the course. In other developments, it was reported this week that PayPal is testing app features that will allow local businesses to use a face-verification system for phone payments.

Technology and the Workplace
This Software Won't Let You Look Away (Atlantic)
How to Use Skype Keyboard Shortcuts (Mashable)
Four easy ways to break the law by viewing an employee's Facebook posts (Employer Handbook)
Birthday Greetings, Now Sent by Text and Twitter (NYTimes)
Ditch Your Passwords -- US Gov To Issue Secure Online IDs (Forbes)
AOL CEO: Publicly firing employee for taking a photo was a mistake (CNN)

Technology and the Law
Facial scanning system for crowds shows improvement in tests by Homeland Security (ABA)
Software That Exposes Faked Photos (NYTimes)
Cracks in California’s Cyber-Revenge Bill (WSJ)
Elena Kagan Admits Supreme Court Justices Haven’t Quite Figured Out Email Yet (Slate)

There's an App for That
PayPal Testing Face-Verification System for Mobile Payments (Mashable)
New York victim of street harassment? There's an app for that (Guardian)
YouTube picture-in-picture feature falls short of being really useful (LATimes)
How to easily add 1 GB of free storage to Dropbox using Mailbox (LATimes)
Need a compatible roommate? Five apps and sites to help you search (LATimes)
Fitness Trackers: Step by Step to Better Health or Driving Us Crazy? (ABC)

Written by:

Published In:

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

© Gray Plant Mooty | Attorney Advertising

Don't miss a thing! Build a custom news brief:

Read fresh new writing on compliance, cybersecurity, Dodd-Frank, whistleblowers, social media, hiring & firing, patent reform, the NLRB, Obamacare, the SEC…

…or whatever matters the most to you. Follow authors, firms, and topics on JD Supra.

Create your news brief now - it's free and easy »


Gray Plant Mooty (GPM) is recognized as one of the leading corporate law firms in Minnesota and one... View Profile »

Follow Gray Plant Mooty:

Reporters on Deadline

All the intelligence you need, in one easy email:

Great! Your first step to building an email digest of JD Supra authors and topics. Log in with LinkedIn so we can start sending your digest...

Sign up for your custom alerts now, using LinkedIn ›

* With LinkedIn, you don't need to create a separate login to manage your free JD Supra account, and we can make suggestions based on your needs and interests. We will not post anything on LinkedIn in your name.