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New Zealand’s new Privacy Commissioner, Michael Webster, has issued a consultation paper requesting public comment on the use of biometric technology. Public feedback will be collected until September 30, and the Office of the Privacy Commissioner says it is aiming to “share its findings and proposed regulatory approach” by the end of the year.
United Kingdom-based uCheck is now allowing all of its clients to perform criminal background checks digitally, thanks to a partnership with Yoti. The latter company was officially certified as an Identity Services Provider in the UK earlier this year alongside the Post Office, which means that organizations can now use Yoti or the Post Office EasyID apps to perform ‘Disclosure and Barring Service’ checks entirely online.
Passengers at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International airport can now partake in biometric boarding for domestic flights. The boarding is enabled via face scan and the Digi Yatra mobile ID app. The app lets users link the Aadhaar national ID credentials to its mobile ID, and performs biometric identity verification via selfie. Users can submit their vaccination certificates and boarding passes to the app, making for a speedier screening process at the airport.
UTM:Healthcare has made its remote patient monitoring system, UTM:RPM, compatible with cellular-enabled blood glucose meters, blood pressure monitors, and pulse oximetry devices. The company added support for the biometric devices to extend remote patient monitoring to patients who don’t use smartphones or have difficulty pairing their mobile devices when using the platform.
The United Kingdom’s Home Office plans to use biometric smartwatches to track migrants who have been convicted of criminal offences. The wearables devices will be equipped with facial recognition technology, and criminal migrants will be required to scan their faces up to five times per day. Buddi Limited has been contracted to provide the devices.
Dronedeck, a smart mailbox startup, is piloting facial recognition technology from Scylla. Dronedeck’s mailboxes are designed to accept autonomous deliveries from drones, and are temperature-controlled for the storage of food packages and other sensitive materials. The company is looking to face-based access control as a means of further augmenting the technological sophistication of its smart mailboxes.
Aug. 15, 2022 – by Alex Perala