biometric surveillance

Documents Reveal ICE’s Biometric Scans of DMV Databases

Documents Reveal ICE’s Biometric Scans of DMV Databases

The Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency has been scanning DMV records with facial recognition to find undocumented immigrants, according to a new report from The Washington Post. The revelation arrives via public records requested by the Georgetown Law Center on Privacy and Technology, and show that ICE agents requested facial recognition searches of DMV databases…

Panasonic’s FacePRO Secures Danish Soccer Stadium

Panasonic’s FacePRO Secures Danish Soccer Stadium

Panasonic’s facial recognition technology will soon be used to safeguard another soccer stadium. The company has announced that Denmark’s Brondby IF football club will be deploying Panasonic cameras and its FacePRO software at its Danish Superliga home site. Brondby will be the first Danish club to utilize facial recognition, although Panasonic’s tech was previously installed…

VSBLTY and Energetika Team Up for Smart City Surveillance and Analytics

VSBLTY and Energetika Team Up for Smart City Surveillance and Analytics

VSBLTY is teaming up with Energetika to deliver smart city surveillance tech to Mexico City and other cities in Latin America. The joint solution will blend VSBLTY’s facial recognition and analytic services with Energetika’s “intelligent lighting” capabilities. In plain terms, that means that VSBLTY’s surveillance tech will be deployed alongside security lighting and digital signage…

iFalcon Face Control Mobile Makes Biometric Facial Recognition Wearable

iFalcon Face Control Mobile Makes Biometric Facial Recognition Wearable

Vuzix has partnered with the Dubai-based software developer NNTC to create a wearable facial recognition platform designed for security purposes. The solution is called iFalcon Face Control Mobile, and it combines the Vuzix Blade Smart Glasses with NNTC’s autonomous AI facial recognition system. With the new solution, security guards (and anyone else carrying out perimeter…

Innovatrics ‘Connects the Dots’ to Deliver Biometric Ecosystem Solution

Innovatrics ‘Connects the Dots’ to Deliver Biometric Ecosystem Solution

“…those who take advantage of the Biometric Ecosystem will be able to onboard customers with face biometrics, use facial recognition to enable selfie-based authentication, and apply facial recognition to CCTV surveillance feeds to scan for individuals on watch lists.” Innovatrics is looking to boost demand for its biometric technologies with a new branding effort, announcing…

NY Police Commissioner Defends the Use of Biometric Facial Recognition

NY Police Commissioner Defends the Use of Biometric Facial Recognition

New York City Police Commissioner James O’Neill has taken to the New York Times to try to dispel the public’s concerns about facial recognition technology. In the article, O’Neill details the NYPD’s operational procedures for the use of facial recognition, emphasizing that it is only a “limited and preliminary step” that informs a more rigorous…

Human Rights Watch Clears Megvii in Investigation of Biometric Surveillance App

Human Rights Watch Clears Megvii in Investigation of Biometric Surveillance App

Megvii has been exonerated in an investigation into human rights violations in China. The New York-based Human Rights Watch previously uncovered Megvii code in a government surveillance app being used to monitor the Uyghur muslims in Xinjiang back in May. However, the same organization is now reporting that the code was “inoperable,” and that Megvii…

FBI’s Face Photo Database Has Grown to 641 Million, Says Oversight Body

FBI’s Face Photo Database Has Grown to 641 Million, Says Oversight Body

“Testifying at this week’s congressional hearing, an FBI representative asserted that the organization is committed to the protection of citizen’s privacy and civil liberties…” The FBI’s collection of citizens’ face images appears to have expanded considerably since a 2016 report from the Government Accountability Office exposed its secret Facial Analysis, Comparison, and Evaluation, or “FACE”,…

New York Public School District Faces Criticism for  Facial Recognition System

New York Public School District Faces Criticism for Facial Recognition System

The New York State Department of Education has asked the Lockport City School District to delay its deployment of the first facial recognition surveillance system in a public school. The news comes shortly after Lockport announced that it would begin a trial run of its $1.4 million Aegis network on Monday, June 3rd, in an…

Biometrics Institute Stresses Importance of Ethical Best Practices for Biometrics

Biometrics Institute Stresses Importance of Ethical Best Practices for Biometrics

The Biometrics Institute is asking law enforcement, border control, and other government agencies to exhibit good behavior when deploying biometric technology, warning that it may be regulated for them if they use it irresponsibly and go on to lose public trust. “It is vital that anyone using biometrics to identify individuals follows responsible and ethical…

‘Indoor Positioning’ GPS Specialist Acquires Device Detection Startup

‘Indoor Positioning’ GPS Specialist Acquires Device Detection Startup

“Inpixon can now offer what we believe is one of the indoor positioning market’s most comprehensive product lines for visitor analytics and physical cyber security.” – Nadir Ali, CEO, Inpixon Palo Alto-based Inpixon has acquired Locality Systems, a Vancouver-based startup specializing in device positioning and radio frequency technology for video surveillance systems. It appears to…

BRIEF: The Legislative Pushback Against Biometric Facial Recognition

BRIEF: The Legislative Pushback Against Biometric Facial Recognition

Apple’s introduction of the face-scanning Face ID system in 2017’s iPhone X went a long way in helping to make facial recognition for authentication a mainstream technology among consumers. But it was Amazon that really made facial recognition for large-scale public identification explode into the national discourse as an ethical issue, after an ACLU report…

San Francisco’s Facial Recognition Ban Should Be Repealed: IBIA

San Francisco’s Facial Recognition Ban Should Be Repealed: IBIA

“The IBIA is not alone in taking issue with the ban; after the legislation passed its Board vote, an advocacy group called Stop Crime SF issued a statement insisting that the ban could have been a moratorium, since facial recognition technology shows considerable potential as a crime-fighting tool. “ The International Biometrics + Identity Association…

Legal Challenge to Biometric Surveillance Gets Underway in UK

Legal Challenge to Biometric Surveillance Gets Underway in UK

“The hearings, held at a court in Cardiff, heard from South Wales Police barrister Jeremy Johnson QC, who explained that the facial recognition technology only looks for matches against police watch lists, and that if no match is found for a given subject, their biometric data is deleted immediately.” Hearings are now underway in the…

San Francisco Bans City’s Use of Facial Recognition-Based Surveillance

San Francisco Bans City’s Use of Facial Recognition-Based Surveillance

City officials in San Francisco have approved a proposed ban on the city’s use of facial recognition, clearing the way for it to become law. First proposed at the end of January, the legislation is designed to prohibit the use of facial recognition-based surveillance technology by city departments, and requires them to seek approval from…

California Assembly Approves Ban of Body Cam Facial Recognition

California Assembly Approves Ban of Body Cam Facial Recognition

“The legislation not only bans the live use of facial recognition through police body camera feeds, but also bans the application of this technology to any data collected through such cameras.” The California Assembly has voted in favor of a piece of legislation – Assembly Bill 1215 – aimed at banning the use of facial…

NEC Enhances Gurugram Traffic Cameras with Facial Recognition Tech

NEC Enhances Gurugram Traffic Cameras with Facial Recognition Tech

NEC India has landed a CCTV surveillance contract with the Indian city of Gurugram. The 24-hour cameras will primarily be used for traffic enforcement, using AI software to spot traffic violations and issue fines at hundreds of locations spread across Gurugram and Manesar. However, the system’s utility extends well beyond a few speeding tickets. Many…

RealNetworks Brings On New CRO to Further SAFR Sales

RealNetworks Brings On New CRO to Further SAFR Sales

Jay Burrell has joined the RealNetworks team as the company’s new Chief Revenue Officer for computer vision. As the CRO, Burrell will primarily be responsible for overseeing global sales and business development for the company’s SAFR facial recognition platform. “The facial recognition market is growing at an exponential rate, with a variety of uses cases…

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