It’s a new year, and 2022 is off to a running start, if the first week’s roundup of FindBiometrics’ top stories is any indication. This week’s batch includes news about biometric payment cards, a biometric product launch at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, and some high-profile controversy.
For the biometrics industry, the biggest story of the year so far is FaceTec’s lawsuit against iProov, which revolves around allegations about how the latter abused its access to the former’s Spoof Bounty Program. FaceTec says that iProov violation the terms and conditions of the program, using it to reverse engineer proprietary technology. These are two of the biggest names in the booming selfie onboarding space, so the lawsuit will be one to watch:
The week also delivered the latest data point in Clearview AI’s ongoing controversy. The company is by this point notorious for its web-trawling facial recognition platform, which has drawn the ire of privacy and civil rights advocates, politicians, and much of the mainstream media, not to mention governmental regulatory bodies. France’s Commission Nationale Informatique et Libertés has become the latest in the latter group of actors to make an official ruling against the biometrics firm:
Thales, meanwhile, got some reader attention this week with news that isn’t the least bit controversial. The company’s biometric payment cards have made their debut in Poland, thanks to a collaboration with Mastercard and Bank Pocztowy. It’s the latest development pointing toward the global commercialization of biometric payment cards in general:
And at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, Targus got its share of the spotlight with its launch of two new universal docks, one of which features a built-in fingerprint sensor for enhanced security. It’s the latest sign of the general mainstreaming of biometric technology in consumer products, many examples of which have debuted at CES over the years:
Finally, the week saw strong interest in an updated webinar announcement. Slated for the morning of January 13, “10 Reasons to Switch to Frictionless Access Control” will delve into the advantages of biometric access control, particularly with respect to facial recognition. The webinar is sponsored by Oosto, one of the leaders in the field:
January 8, 2022 – by Alex Perala