British Officials consider price controls for vacation
Vacation prices are too high!
And as usual, British parents, politicians, and Teachers Unions think the problem is those greedy corporations.
So they have called on regulators to force vacation providers to lower their prices during school breaks.
They say it is unfair that vacation prices are higher during the summer while everyone is out of school. One sympathetic politician said, “It’s not right that children’s education is being used to exploit hard-working parents in this way.”
Of course, as a spokesman for the travel industry points out, this is simple supply and demand… a lot more people want to take their families on vacation while the kids are out of school.
They suggested staggering school breaks so that demand doesn’t spike so much at one time.
And it doesn’t help that parents can be fined up to £120 if their kids miss class for a vacation while school is in session.
Last year the Department of Education collected £10 million of fines for unexcused absences.
FBI and ICE are using state license-photo databases for facial recognition
Every month the FBI conducts about 4,000 facial recognition searches.
In America, your data is supposed to be private, only accessible to law enforcement if they have probable cause to think you have committed a crime.
So you might be surprised to find out that the databases used in these facial recognition checks are full of innocent Americans.
The FBI and Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) have been accessing state Department of Motor Vehicle databases for years, to check a suspect’s photo against countless innocent citizens license photos.
The license holders didn’t consent. The state legislators, governors, and Congress didn’t give them permission.
Usually, all they need is a friendly email to a DMV bureaucrat, and they have access to treasure troves of biometric data.
Including the DMV and other state, local, and federal databases, the FBI has access to over 641 million face photos which they can scan using facial recognition technology.