biometrics controversy

IBIA Emphasizes Range of Algorithm Quality in NIST’s Report on Face Recognition

IBIA Emphasizes Range of Algorithm Quality in NIST’s Report on Face Recognition

The International Biometrics + Identity Association (IBIA) is trying to put a more charitable spin on a recent NIST report that examines the performance of various facial recognition algorithms. The report was based on the NIST’s evaluation of 189 different algorithms. In its response, the IBIA takes issue with those who raised concerns about accuracy…

LG Subsidiary Looks to SenseTime for Biometric Security

LG Subsidiary Looks to SenseTime for Biometric Security

“… LG CNS operates an ‘LG Science Park’ located in Seoul, and has now added face-scanning devices to all 26 of the park’s points of entry.” A subsidiary of Korea-based tech giant LG has teamed up with a Hong Kong-based facial recognition specialist to add security to its headquarters. The subsidiary, LG CNS, specializes in…

Year in Review: 98% Support Educating the Public on Biometrics

Year in Review: 98% Support Educating the Public on Biometrics

Where there has been some disagreement about key issues covered in this year’s FindBiometrics Year in Review survey, there has also been quite a bit of consensus. On the issue of privacy, for example, a majority of 94 percent agreed that it’s a fundamental right; and 91 percent agreed that standardized biometric testing was crucial…

Year in Review: An Industry Divided Over Controversy

Year in Review: An Industry Divided Over Controversy

On some of the latest FindBiometrics Year in Review survey questions, we’ve seen some pretty broad consensus among respondents. Most agree, for example, that standards-based testing is crucial for the biometrics industry; and the majority feel that frictionless authentication is the ideal to aim for. But there are also some issues that prove more divisive,…

Indian Teahouse Chain Faces Backlash Over Use of Facial Recognition

Indian Teahouse Chain Faces Backlash Over Use of Facial Recognition

A multi-city teahouse chain in India is coming under fire for its use of facial recognition to identify customers. Ostensibly, the face scanning technology is used only in Chaayos’ loyalty program, enabling the teahouse chain to link enrolled customers’ payment accounts to their faces. But one unhappy customer – and editor of what the BBC…

SIA Advocates for Facial Recognition in Letter to US Lawmakers

SIA Advocates for Facial Recognition in Letter to US Lawmakers

A large coalition of organizations and trade associations has asked Congress to reconsider public bans on facial recognition technology. The group sent a letter to leading Democrat and Republican lawmakers, encouraging them to establish clear federal guidelines in collaboration with industry representatives. According to the Security Identity Association (SIA), the letter is part of a…

CBP Request for Information Points to Face Scanning Body Cams at the Border

CBP Request for Information Points to Face Scanning Body Cams at the Border

Biometrics News – Facial Recognition Customs and Border Protection (CBP), a branch of The Department of Homeland Security, have filed a Request for Information to vendors seeking information and/or recommendations on biometric identity verification and body worn cameras. According to the RFI, the aim is to outfit Border Patrol agents with body cameras with the…

Internet Freedom Advocate Raises Alarm Over Facial Recognition

Internet Freedom Advocate Raises Alarm Over Facial Recognition

“The efforts reflect the larger, increasingly contentious debate around facial recognition technology, which largely revolves around the axes of privacy advocates’ fears of Big Brother-style surveillance, and police organizations’ insistence that it offers a useful security and policing tool.” Fight for the Future, a non-profit advocacy group aimed at promoting a free internet, is now…

Year in Review: Facial Recognition Was in the Spotlight in 2018, Warts and All

Year in Review: Facial Recognition Was in the Spotlight in 2018, Warts and All

Facial recognition technology has had a big year, in good ways and bad. On the positive side, Apple signaled a more or less definitive switch to 3D facial recognition as the primary mechanism for user authentication on its flagship smartphones: Having made a big splash last year with its introduction of Face ID on the…

Microsoft President Delves Into Facial Recognition Ethics

Microsoft President Delves Into Facial Recognition Ethics

As controversy over the public use of facial recognition continues, Microsoft is following Google’s lead in laying out its approach to the ethics of the technology in a new blog post by the company’s President, Brad Smith. It’s a far less concise and straightforward accounting than the one laid out by Google CEO Sundar Prichai,…