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*** The Commerce Department has blacklisted 28 Chinese technology and security entities that specialize in facial recognition and surveillance technology, including startups Megvii, SenseTime and Yitu. The Bureau of Industry and Security announced in an Oct. 9 notice that U.S. firms are essentially banned from doing business with the 28 organizations.

"These entities have been implicated in human rights violations and abuses in the implementation of China's campaign of repression, mass arbitrary detention, and high-technology surveillance against Uighurs, Kazakhs, and other members of Muslim minority groups" in China's Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, the notice states.

Press reports and government estimates have indicated that as many as 1 million Uighurs, a minority group that practices Islam, have been detained in reeducation camps by the Chinese government. Ubiquitous surveillance is part of the system used by the Chinese government to implement its policy of controlling the Uighur population.

*** Customs and Border Protection is starting a pilot program with e-commerce marketplaces, fulfillment centers and shipping companies to collect end-to-end data on shipments of goods and information on individual buyers. The program is designed to help CBP spot anomalies between what's listed on shipment manifests and what's actually in shipping containers, to stem trade in counterfeit goods. According to an agency privacy notice dated Sept. 26, data collected by CBP under this pilot can be used in criminal investigations.

*** It's the last chance to register to attend FCW's Oct. 10 IT Modernization Summit, whose speakers include Department of Veterans Affairs CIO James Gfrerer, Department of Defense Deputy Chief Management Officer Lisa Hershman and Department of Energy Assistant Secretary for Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response Karen Evans.  A full speaker list and agenda are available here, and a live simulcast is available for those outside the DC area. 

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