This week’s roundup of FindBiometrics’ top stories is all about the big suits, with an assortment of news items dominated by regulatory authorities and leading executives.
On the regulatory side, readers flocked to news from last month concerning the policy discourse around facial recognition in Canada. In a recent presentation to a parliamentary committee, the country’s Privacy Commissioner, Daniel Therrien, warned that facial recognition technology – particularly as it is used by firms like Clearview AI – represents a threat to privacy and other civil rights:
More recent regulatory news also got some attention, and once again Clearview AI’s name was in the mix. This week brought the news that multiple advocacy groups had filed formal complaints about the facial recognition specialist with regulatory watchdogs in Europe including the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) and France’s Commission Nationale de l’Informatique et des Libertés (CNIL), among others:
Meanwhile, a high-level executive with a biometrics company that is actually very well regarded by government officials got some attention thanks to a recent interview with FindBiometrics. Thales Identity and Biometric Solutions VP Youzec Kurp spoke with FindBiometrics Founder Peter O’Neill about his company’s big new border contract with the French government, the impact of COVID-19, digital transformation, and more:
Readers also showed considerable interest in this week’s news that Pindrop, a specialist in voice biometrics technology for call centers, has appointed Collin Davis as its new Chief Technology Officer. Davis is a former executive of Amazon Web Services, where he was involved in overseeing some of the tech giant’s activities promoting Alexa, its voice-based AI assistant:
And finally, some news illustrating the ongoing rise of biometric onboarding technology around the world: FindBiometrics visitors showed strong interest in a report on Jumio’s latest distribution agreement. The selfie onboarding specialist has teamed up with Ingram Micro’s Emerging Business Group in an effort to extend its reach in the US and Latin American markets:
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 5, 2021 – by Alex Perala