biometric policing

British Home Secretary Backs Police Use of Facial Recognition

British Home Secretary Backs Police Use of Facial Recognition

“According to Javid, the new technology will help combat online child abuse and lower the amount of time that investigators need to spend looking at troubling images…” British Home Secretary Sajid Javid has voiced his support for ongoing police trials of facial recognition technology. His statements were made during the launch of new a £1.76…

Gemalto Supplies CABIS, LiveScan Tech to Uganda’s National Police Force

Gemalto Supplies CABIS, LiveScan Tech to Uganda’s National Police Force

Ugandan police now have a powerful new biometric tool at their disposal, thanks to Gemalto. The company has revealed that its Cogent Automated Biometric Identification System, or CABIS, is now being used by the Uganda Police Force together with its LiveScan technology. CABIS was first developed by 3M Cogent, which was acquired by Gemalto in…

Drug Trafficker Surgically Altered Fingerprints to Evade Police

Drug Trafficker Surgically Altered Fingerprints to Evade Police

A wanted drug trafficker surgically altered his fingerprints in a bid to evade capture, according to a new report from The Guardian. The man, who has not been publicly identified, was on the lam for 15 years before his recent apprehension by Spanish police. His time as a fugitive may have been aided by dramatic…

Rio Police Plan to Use Facial Recognition Cameras During Carnival

Rio Police Plan to Use Facial Recognition Cameras During Carnival

Authorities in Rio de Janeiro have announced plans to introduce a new facial recognition system during this year’s Carnival. The cameras will be used to scan faces and license plates in the popular Copacabana area of the city.   “If (the cameras) identify an individual under an arrest warrant, or if a stolen vehicle drives…

Agreeing to Greater Transparency, Northern Ireland Police Settle Biometrics Complaint

Agreeing to Greater Transparency, Northern Ireland Police Settle Biometrics Complaint

Following a high-profile human rights complaint, the Police Service of Northern Ireland has committed to establishing and publishing a formal policy concerning its retention of biometric data from criminals. The case was brought forward by the country’s Human Rights Commission in support of a claim from an anonymous individual whose fingerprint and DNA data were…

Biometric CCTV Surveillance Deployed in Malaysian State

Biometric CCTV Surveillance Deployed in Malaysian State

China-style biometric surveillance has come to Malaysia, with authorities in the state of Penang announcing a new CCTV surveillance system that is based on facial recognition. As Channel News Asia reports, the technology comes by way of IBM. It will be applied to video feeds from 767 surveillance cameras deployed throughout the state, with police…

Academic Study Offers ‘Balanced Perspective’ on South Wales Police Facial Recognition

Academic Study Offers ‘Balanced Perspective’ on South Wales Police Facial Recognition

“Commenting on the Cardiff University study, South Wales Police Deputy Chief Constable Richard Lewis said it offers “a balanced perspective” on the facial recognition system, with police use of facial recognition having become a controversial subject in the UK.” Facial recognition technology being used by South Wales Police has now come under academic scrutiny, with…

State Police in India Armed with Face Scanning Mobile App

State Police in India Armed with Face Scanning Mobile App

Police in the Indian state of Telangana are now using mobile facial recognition technology in the field. The new system is designed to let police use a mobile app to scan the faces of suspected criminals, unidentified bodies at crime scenes, missing children, or other individuals. Those scans are then compared against images from the…

Chinese Authorities Implement Face Scanning at Hong Kong Border

Chinese Authorities Implement Face Scanning at Hong Kong Border

“Facial recognition is increasingly prominent in China, and while it is often used in consumer-facing applications, such as identifying visitors at tourist sites, it is most prevalent in law enforcement and surveillance applications, scanning CCTV feeds for even the most minor offences.” Chinese authorities have implemented a face-scanning border control system at two checkpoints between…