Executives, Drugs, and Controversy: This Week’s Biometrics News Roundup

Executives, Drugs, and Controversy: This Week's Biometrics News Roundup

It’s a pretty diverse lineup in this week’s roundup of FindBiometrics’ top stories, with a mix of executive news, drugs, and controversy.

Starting off on the more tame side of the week’s news, FindBiometrics readers proved interested in Daon’s latest executive appointment. The company’s choice for VP of Emerging Markets may signal its growing focus on the government sector:

Biometrics Specialist Daon Appoints New VP of Emerging Markets

Sticking with executive content, the Vice President of one of the most prominent companies active in the iris recognition sector – Iris ID’s Mohammed Murad – took some time to speak with FindBiometrics Editor in Chief Peter Counter in an interview that saw a lot of traffic from readers:

INTERVIEW: Iris ID VP Mohammed Murad Talks Biometric Time Tracking, Healthcare, and More

As for drugs, this week’s news about an opioid vending machine in Vancouver isn’t the first case in which biometric tech has been applied to the opioid abuse epidemic – but the vending machine concept is itself a world first:

Vancouver Gets World’s First Biometric Opioid Vending Machine

And in even more controversial news, this week also saw the revelation that a US startup called Clearview AI has been trawling the internet for face images – including those taken from social media profiles – and selling its databases to law enforcement agencies for biometric matching. It’s one of the boldest incursions yet into citizens’ privacy, and understandably got a lot of attention here and in the mainstream press:

Clearview Quietly Sells Face Recognition Tech to Law Enforcement Agencies

And finally, FindBiometrics visitors showed sustained interest this week in coverage of our latest Year in Review survey, which has delivered some interesting results:

UPDATED: Stay Up to Date on Our 17th Annual Biometrics Year in Review Coverage with Our Ongoing Roundup


Stay posted to FindBiometrics next week as we continue to bring you the latest news and interviews from the exciting world of biometrics. To see the hottest stories of the week in mobile digital identity, visit our sibling site Mobile ID World.

January 26, 2020 – by Alex Perala