Welcome to FindBiometrics’ digest of identity industry news. Here’s what you need to know about the world of digital identity and biometrics today:
Meta Oversight Board Calls for Changes to ‘Incoherent’ Manipulated Media Policy
Meta’s Oversight Board, an independently-run body funded by the company, has called Meta’s policy concerning manipulated videos “incoherent” after deciding that Facebook was correct in leaving up a doctored video depicting President Joe Biden. The board said that Meta’s policy should cover both video and audio content, and should apply labels to manipulated media rather than removing any such posts from the Facebook platform. Facebook told the Oversight Board that it is working to update its policies to better “respond to the evolution of new and increasingly realistic AI.”
Ontario Privacy Watchdog Publishes Guidance for Police FRT
The Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario has published a new guidance document for police in the Canadian province concerning how they use facial recognition technology and manage mugshot databases. Among other things, the guidance advises police to conduct privacy impact assessments before implementing facial recognition, to ensure transparency and public accountability through clear communication of the technology’s use, and to set strict criteria for the accuracy and reliability of the technology. But the IPC notes that its guidance should not be relied upon as a substitute for legislation, and does not bind the IPC’s Tribunal in the event that the latter is called upon to investigate any complaints.
i-Pro President Appointed to SIA Executive Advisory Board
The Security Industry Association has named Bill Brennan to its SIA Executive Advisory Board. Brennan is the President of i-PRO Americas, a part of the ‘Image Sensing Business‘ spun off from Panasonic in 2019. The SIA Executive Advisory Board had been established just a couple of years before that; according to the SIA, it is meant to provide “input on how market developments influence SIA’s strategy and key initiatives.” Brennan is based in Florida, but frequently travels across the country to meet with partners and customers.
FacePhi Tech Lands at AENA Airports
FacePhi’s collaboration with one of Europe’s major airport operators is finally getting off the ground, with the company announcing that its identity verification technology “has arrived at some of AENA’s airports,” allowing travelers to enroll in an automated processing system by uploading a selfie and pictures of their official ID on the AENA app. AENA manages 46 airports in Spain, FacePhi’s home country; and is also involved in the management of 16 airports in Europe and America. FacePhi first won the contract to provide biometric screening technology to AENA in 2021.
Japanese IDV Specialist Reaches 40 Million Identity Checks
Japan-based Liquid, Inc., a growing provider of a selfie-based identity verification service, says it has now performed 40 million Know Your Customer checks through its Liquid eKYC platform. The company has so far positioned itself as a compliance specialist in the Japanese market, and counts some big names among its customers, including NTT Docomo, Toyota Finance Corporation, and Binance Japan. The company says its facial recognition technology has a False Acceptance Rate of 1/100,000 or under.
Indonesia Lays Groundwork for Digital ID
Indonesia appears to be in the early stages of setting up a digital ID program. The State Apparatus and Bureaucratic Reform (PANRB) Ministry is reportedly accelerating work on “INA Digital”, a digital platform that is expected to support e-services across healthcare, education, and financial services, and to produce a digital ID and online driver’s license service. The PANRB has ordered ministries and institutions related to the program to begin digital transformation efforts in consultation with Peruri, a state-owned money and identity document printing corporation.
Alcohol Lobby Group Raises Australian Digital ID Concerns
Retail Drinks Australia, an industry lobby group, has submitted comment on proposed legislation that would lay the groundwork for a countrywide digital ID system, warning that a lack of accredited digital identity providers could result in high costs for retailers that need to routinely perform digital IDV. RDA noted that in the state of New South Wales, online liquor retailers are already required to use IDV services frome those accredited under the Trusted Digital Identity Framework (TDIF), and said that it has received “anecdotal feedback” of IDV costs ranging from AU$0.50 to AU$2.00 per transaction.
February 6, 2024 – by Alex Perala