While COVID-19 remains an important topic in the mainstream news, this week’s roundup of top stories from the biometrics industry is remarkably clear of any coronavirus infections. Instead, FindBiometrics visitors showed a lot of interest this week in mobile biometrics, a controversial Clearview-like service, a bit C-suite change, and more.
Starting with a bit of controversy, Poland-based PimEyes was in the spotlight this week after a major privacy rights advocacy group called it out over privacy concerns. Like the embattled Clearview AI, PimEyes lets its users trawl the web for images that match a given face, though unlike Clearview the company says its service doesn’t include social media platforms in its searches:
In mobile biometrics news, Apple intrigue is as popular as ever. This week, readers were drawn to news of an Apple patent that suggests that company is continuing to refine the already highly sophisticated 3D facial recognition technology used in its newer iPhone models:
And IDEMIA got some attention with a new biometric tablet. Dubbed the ID Screen, the handheld supports both facial and fingerprint recognition:
Meanwhile, in corporate news, BioCatch announced its appointment of a new Chief Marketing Officer this week. Mark Elliott, its new executive, brings to the table a considerable amount of experience in the world of financial services:
And finally, FindBiometrics visitors were understandably interested this week in claims from USC researchers that they had developed highly accurate biometric systems including a 100 percent accurate facial recognition algorithm:
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.
June 21, 2020 – by Alex Perala