This week’s top stories run the gamut, from airport screening all the way through to a government investigation of a high-profile facial recognition system. We also take a look at the burgeoning biometric payments space, and raise some concerns about the efficacy of modern liveness detection systems.
Our first story comes out of Singapore, where administrators at Changi Airport are looking to ramp up their use of biometric screening tech. The airport is hoping to enable automated screening for most passengers by early 2023, and will roll out a system that uses face and iris recognition to allow travelers to pass through the airport without needing to stop and share traditional paper documents.
From there, we turn our attention to the financial sector. Mastercard has granted a formal Letter of Approval to a biometric payment card from MoriX that features a T-Shape fingerprint sensor from Fingerprint Cards (FPC). The news will allow FPC and MoriX to move forward with the official release of their biometric payment offering in Japan.
ID.me once again finds itself in the crosshairs of the federal government. The Senate has asked the FTC to investigate the identity provider for misleading business practices, alleging that ID.me tried to deceive lawmakers and the public about its use of one-to-many facial recognition tech. The company is already facing a similar review from the House of Representatives.
Our next story could have potentially devastating implications for the identity verification industry. The cybersecurity firm Sensity is reporting that nine of the top 10 liveness detection solutions can be fooled with deepfake images and videos. If true, it would mean that those solutions are vulnerable targets for cybercriminals, and cannot be trusted to effectively guard against fraud. Sensity also suggested that many providers are not taking that threat seriously.
Finally, we wrap things up with the replay of the FindBiometrics Travel & Hospitality Virtual Identity Summit. The event took place on May 18, and features panels and presentations from some of the biggest players in the travel, events, and hospitality industries.
Stay tuned to FindBiometrics to learn more about the latest biometric innovations. You can also visit our sibling site Mobile ID World to keep up to date with the world of digital identity.
May 28, 2022 – by Eric Weiss