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Confused Messaging on Israeli Biometric IDs Leads to Delays at Airport, Ministry Offices

Confused Messaging on Israeli Biometric IDs Leads to Delays at Airport, Ministry Offices

Israel’s implementation of a national biometric ID program is causing serious delays at the country’s main airport, reports Haaretz. Israel’s legislature, the Knesset, approved the implementation of the biometric ID program earlier this year amid some controversy, with the law coming into effect on June 1st. As Haaretz reports, travelers arriving at Ben-Gurion Airport have…

CTA Argues Against Laptop Ban in Favor of Biometric Scanning

CTA Argues Against Laptop Ban in Favor of Biometric Scanning

The head of the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) is urging the Department of Homeland Security to consider the use of enhanced biometric scanning and other sophisticated technology to secure flights, rather than implement its proposed ban on laptops and similar electronic devices for flights coming to the US. In a press release, CTA CEO Gary…

Inventor of SecurID Sues Apple and Visa Over Apple Pay-Related Patent Infringement

Inventor of SecurID Sues Apple and Visa Over Apple Pay-Related Patent Infringement

“Weiss alleges that in 2010 he approached both companies regarding 13 patents he held, at least some of which pertained to smartphone-based biometric authentication and the use of one-time tokens in financial transactions.” A Massachusetts-based company called Universal Secure Registry is suing both Apple and Visa for alleged patent infringement related to Apple Pay, Apple’s…

HSBC Defends Voice Authentication System After Spoof Report

HSBC Defends Voice Authentication System After Spoof Report

A BBC reporter is drawing attention to the vulnerabilities of HSBC’s voice authentication system for customer calls, asserting that his non-identical twin brother was able to gain access to his account by mimicking his voice. Commenting on the matter, the reporter noted that the “really alarming” aspect of the fraud is that the system allowed his…

Vermont DMV Has Been Performing Illegal Biometric Searches for Police: ACLU

Vermont DMV Has Been Performing Illegal Biometric Searches for Police: ACLU

Vermont’s DMV has been using facial recognition technology to search through its database of driver license holders at the behest of police authorities at all levels of government, says the ACLU. The civil liberties organization says it discovered the practice through internal DMV documents it was able to obtain, and is now calling for its…

UIDAI Employee Investigated Over Bogus Aadhaar Account

UIDAI Employee Investigated Over Bogus Aadhaar Account

“The bogus identity used the name Osama bin Laden and featured a blurry photo of the former terrorist leader, who was killed by American special forces in 2011.” An employee of the Unique Identification Authority of India is under investigation by police officials for attempting to create a fraudulent identity in Aadhaar, the country’s national…

Crossmatch Files Lawsuit Against Integrated Biometrics Over Alleged Patent Infringement

Crossmatch Files Lawsuit Against Integrated Biometrics Over Alleged Patent Infringement

“In its lawsuit, Crossmatch is demanding that Integrated Biometrics be prevented from continuing to sell the offending devices, and also seeks compensation…” Crossmatch has filed a lawsuit against Integrated Biometrics, accusing the company of patent infringement. The lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court of Delaware. In a statement, Crossmatch claimed that multiple…

Researchers Test ‘MasterPrint’ Hypothesis

Researchers Test ‘MasterPrint’ Hypothesis

A joint team of researchers from New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering and Michigan State University’s College of Engineering are warning that the fingerprint biometrics now commonly used for mobile authentication may not be as unique as many believe. Because smartphones use only partial fingerprints and often allow for multiple users’ fingerprint data to…

Israeli Labor Court Rules Against Use of Fingerprint Attendance Tracking

Israeli Labor Court Rules Against Use of Fingerprint Attendance Tracking

Israel’s National Labor Court has ruled that employers cannot compel their staff to participate in a biometric time and attendance system based on fingerprint scanning, reports Bloomberg BNA. The case, Histadrut General Labor Fed’n v. Qalansuwa Municipality, was resolved in favor of workers’ privacy rights with respect to biometric data. In a panel ruling, head Judge Lea…

UIDAI Seeks to Reassure Public of Security of Aadhaar After Misuse Discovery

UIDAI Seeks to Reassure Public of Security of Aadhaar After Misuse Discovery

Having launched criminal investigation against multiple organizations for misuse of Aadhaar a couple of weeks ago, the Unique Identification Authority of India is now seeking to reassure the public that the incident did not involve a breach of the national ID program’s biometic data. The case of misuse involved Axis Bank and its business partners Suvidhaa Infoserve…

Israeli Legislature Passes Biometric ID Law

Israeli Legislature Passes Biometric ID Law

“While the country’s biometric smart cards will need to include citizens’ facial and fingerprint data, the latter no longer needs to be submitted to a national database, though individuals who opt out will need to renew their IDs twice as often.” Israel’s legislature has approved a new law that will make registration in a national biometric…

Montana Legislation Emulates Illinois Biometrics Law That Brought Google, Facebook Lawsuits

Montana Legislation Emulates Illinois Biometrics Law That Brought Google, Facebook Lawsuits

Legislators in Montana are considering a new bill that would establish new regulations around biometric data in the state, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation is throwing its support behind it. House Bill 518 would require companies to obtain written consent before collecting biometric information from individuals, to store it securely, and to destroy it when…

Compelled Fingerprint Unlock Violates Fifth Amendment: Federal Court

Compelled Fingerprint Unlock Violates Fifth Amendment: Federal Court

“It should be a welcome ruling from the perspective of privacy advocates like the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which decried a similar police effort in California last autumn.” Police cannot walk into a building and order everyone inside to unlock their iPhones via fingerprint scan, an Illinois federal court has ruled. The case arose from police…

Gov’t Pursues Police Investigation Over Aadhaar Misuse

Gov’t Pursues Police Investigation Over Aadhaar Misuse

Three companies going to be investigated for illegal use of India’s Aadhaar national biometric ID program, reports The Times of India. The Unique Identification Authority of India, which administrates Aadhaar, has filed a request for official investigation of the firms with the Delhi Police after discovering that an unusual number of biometric authentication transactions had…

Lars Söderfjell Leaves FPC Board After Insider Trading Accusations

Lars Söderfjell Leaves FPC Board After Insider Trading Accusations

Lars Söderfjell has left his position on Fingerprint Cards’ Board of Directors in the wake of accusations of insider trading from Sweden’s Economic Crime Authority. In a statement announcing his departure, FPC said Söderfjell “leaves the Board on his own initiative.” Speaking for himself, Söderfjell stated, “Even if I believe that I am innocent, after careful consideration…

FPC Board Member, Former CEO Arrested by Economic Crime Authority

FPC Board Member, Former CEO Arrested by Economic Crime Authority

Fingerprint Cards says its “operations are not affected by these events.” A board member and a former employee of Fingerprint Cards have been taken into custody by the Swedish Economic Crime Authority over allegations of insider trading. The individuals in question are board member Lars Söderfjell and Johan Carlström, a major shareholder in FPC. Carlström stepped down as FPC’s…

Year in Review 2016: Public Perception

Year in Review 2016: Public Perception

In December we polled 165 professionals in biometrics and identity related industries about various topics from the past year. It was part of the FindBiometrics Year in Review, the longest-running and best regarded industry retrospective of its kind. Now in its 14th consecutive year, the FindBiometrics Year in Review is your resource to start 2017…

Fifth Amendment Doesn’t Apply to Fingerprint Security: Minnesota Court of Appeals

Fifth Amendment Doesn’t Apply to Fingerprint Security: Minnesota Court of Appeals

The Minnesota Court of Appeals has produced another wrinkle in the contentious matter of privacy rights with respect to biometrically locked mobile devices. The court recently denied an appeal from a convicted burglar who had tried to argue that a court order compelling him to unlock his phone for police via fingerprint scan had violated his Fifth…

NII Researcher Warns That Fingerprints Can Be Stolen from Photos

NII Researcher Warns That Fingerprints Can Be Stolen from Photos

A researcher at Japan’s National Institute of Informatics (NII) is warning that fingerprint recognition technology is now sophisticated enough that hackers could copy the patterns from photos of people giving the peace sign. In fact, Isao Echizen says he did just that, capturing fingerprint data from an individual standing only nine feet away. The claim…

Fashion Designs Aimed at Overwhelming Facial Recognition Systems

Fashion Designs Aimed at Overwhelming Facial Recognition Systems

Presenting at the most recent Chaos Communications Congress in Hamburg, artist Adam Harvey unveiled fashion designs aimed at confusing and thwarting facial recognition technology. Developed in collaboration with Hyphen-Labs, the designs incorporate abstract graphics aimed at tricking facial recognition systems into interpreting them as multiple faces images. Harvey’s aim is to overwhelm facial recognition systems…

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