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Moscow-Made Software Can Track Down Faces on Twitter

Moscow-Made Software Can Track Down Faces on Twitter

NTechLab, the Moscow-based team behind an app that can search Russia’s version of Facebook to find particular faces, has turned its attention to Twitter. A new version of its FindFace app launched Friday with the capability of tracking down an individual’s face among 300 million Twitter accounts in under one second. Twitter has already responded indicating…

State Biometrics Law Produces First Settlement

State Biometrics Law Produces First Settlement

The first tangible legal outcome from the state of Illinois’ biometric data legislation has emerged, reports Big Law Business. It’s the same legislation that has ensnared tech giants like Facebook and Google for their use of biometric identification technologies. The law requires that companies get consent from individuals before ascertaining their biometric data, and compels…

Uber, Lyft Threaten to Leave Maryland Over Biometric Background Checks

Uber, Lyft Threaten to Leave Maryland Over Biometric Background Checks

“The legislation is set to take effect December 15th, but the Maryland Public Service Commission will hold hearings on the matter starting this Thursday, with Uber and Lyft officials expected to participate.” Ride-hailing services Uber and Lyft are threatening to halt operations in Maryland if they are forced to comply with new legislation requiring that…

Samsung Electronics Addresses Note7 Recall In Extraordinary General Meeting of Shareholders

Samsung Electronics Addresses Note7 Recall In Extraordinary General Meeting of Shareholders

Samsung Electronics is looking to get back on track after its Galaxy Note7 fiasco. In addition to other business developments concerning a spinoff of its printing division and the appointment of a new board member, the company’s leadership addressed the issue of its aborted smartphone in a recent Extraordinary General Meeting of Shareholders. The Galaxy Note7…

News Roundup: Meet Us At Money20/20

News Roundup: Meet Us At Money20/20

Last week at FindBiometrics we previewed what to expect at this week’s massive FinTech show, Money20/20. Meanwhile, the headlines were filled with fingerprint biometrics integrations, mobile eye-scanning technology, and even some controversy regarding biometrics and privacy. Here’s a look back on last week’s top biometrics news stories. Preparing For Money20/20 This week we are in…

Privacy Advocates Fight for Release of Police Records on Biometrics

Privacy Advocates Fight for Release of Police Records on Biometrics

Privacy rights advocates are battling the Hennepin County Sheriff Office in court over records pertaining to police authorities’ use of biometric identification technology. It’s the result of an Electronic Frontier Foundation campaign to help concerned citizens file information requests from local government and law enforcement agencies. One participant, Tony Webster, sent such a request to…

Half of All Americans Targeted in Police Use of Facial Recognition: Report

Half of All Americans Targeted in Police Use of Facial Recognition: Report

Law enforcement authorities’ use of facial recognition technology is putting half of Americans into a “perpetual lineup” of potential criminals, according to a new study from Georgetown Law’s Center on Privacy and Technology. The study suggests that excessive use of the technology is violating numerous Americans’ civil rights. It’s the product of a year-long investigation based…

Biometric Phone Unlock Search Warrant is ‘Audacious Abuse of Power’

Biometric Phone Unlock Search Warrant is ‘Audacious Abuse of Power’

Police in Lancaster, California, sought a warrant to force all individuals at a specific premises to unlock their phones via fingerprint scan. More surprisingly, the warrant was granted, by Central District of California attorney Eileen Decker. It isn’t clear if the warrant was actually used, but its scope is remarkable. While police search warrants are…

Samsung Halts Sales and Exchanges of Iris Scanning Smartphone

Samsung Halts Sales and Exchanges of Iris Scanning Smartphone

“It’s a sad end for what had been a promising device, but mobile iris scanning is unlikely to die with the Note7.” Samsung is putting a halt to sales and exchanges of its Galaxy Note7 smartphones. The device initially launched in Korea in August, with a global rollout following soon after. It had generated considerable…

Yahoo Reveals Much Worse Hack Attack Than Expected

Yahoo Reveals Much Worse Hack Attack Than Expected

Yahoo’s data breach is much worse than expected. Reports emerged earlier this week that the company was preparing to confirm a hack attack that first came to light this past summer when certain credentials of about 200 million users were put up for sale online. Now, Yahoo has revealed that roughly half a billion accounts…

Hack Attack Could Manipulate Biometric Border Screening: Report

Hack Attack Could Manipulate Biometric Border Screening: Report

Canadian border officials are concerned about potential hack attacks against their biometric databases, according to a new report from The Toronto Star’s Alex Boutilier. The concerns were outlined in a report prepared by Canada Border Services Agency officials for the country’s Public Safety Minister last November. The document outlines multiple digital threats to border security,…

The Big Deal With Biometric Background Checks

The Big Deal With Biometric Background Checks

The first thing that probably comes to mind when thinking of law enforcement and biometrics is the booking process—submitting fingerprints in a police station—or perhaps the high color saturation and techno-suspense of a facial recognition montage in an episode of CSI. Forensic science and the post-arrest process seem to be the poster children of biometrics and…

Security Researchers Spoof Faces With 3D Models Built From Social Media Pics

Security Researchers Spoof Faces With 3D Models Built From Social Media Pics

Your face can be replicated in a virtual model and used for biometric authentication, suggests new research from a University of North Carolina team. As Wired reports, the researchers showed how this can be done at the recent Usenix security conference. They looked up digital images of volunteers on social networks such as Facebook and…

Florida County Becomes New Front In Uber, Lyft’s Biometric Background Check Fight

Florida County Becomes New Front In Uber, Lyft’s Biometric Background Check Fight

Florida’s Hillsborough County is moving to implement new regulations for ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft, reports the Tampa Bay Times. A subcommittee of the county’s Public Transportation Committee voted to proceed with new legislation establishing a special category for ride-hailing companies called ‘transportation network companies’, or TNCs, and setting out specific regulations for such…

Boston Police Commissioner Decries Lack of Fingerprinting for Uber, Lyft Drivers

Boston Police Commissioner Decries Lack of Fingerprinting for Uber, Lyft Drivers

The Massachusetts House and Senate have approved new legislation concerning the certification of Uber and Lyft drivers, and Boston Police Commissioner William Evans has gone public with his concerns about their lack of any requirement for a fingerprint-based background check. While the regulations require Uber and Lyft drivers to be officially certified and to have…

Biometrics Expert Helps Police Spoof Fingerprints for Smartphone Access

Biometrics Expert Helps Police Spoof Fingerprints for Smartphone Access

Police in the US have successfully spoofed a murder victim’s fingerprints in order to gain access to his smartphone. It’s result of a collaboration recently initiated with Michigan State University biometrics researcher Dr. Anil Jain, one of the world’s most well-respected biometrics experts. Police believed that the murder victim’s Samsung Galaxy S6 may contain clues…

Unsealed Documents Illustrate Biometric Password Legal Tension

Unsealed Documents Illustrate Biometric Password Legal Tension

A federal judge ordered an accused pimp to unlock his iPhone via Touch ID fingerprint scan in 2013, unsealed court documents reveal. As 9to5Mac reports, this is only the second known federal case in which a suspect has been ordered to unlock a device via fingerprint scan, an order that some warn could be unconstitutional,…

FBI ‘Pilot Project’ Has Collected 434,000 Iris Scans

FBI ‘Pilot Project’ Has Collected 434,000 Iris Scans

The FBI has been running a secret iris scanning program, according to a new report from The Verge. Officially designated a pilot program, it has largely escaped substantial oversight and public knowledge. It began in 2013 as a close collaboration between the federal law enforcement agency and the California Department of Justice, envisioned as a…

Biometric Screening System Now Running Smoothly: South African Minister

Biometric Screening System Now Running Smoothly: South African Minister

South Africa’s Home Affairs Minister has been seeking to reassure travelers that problems caused by the implementation of biometric screening at the OR Tambo International Airport have now been resolved. The problems were, more specifically, delays: The Department of Home Affairs and airport authorities had the biometric passenger screening system installed last week, delaying flights and…

Traditional Taxi Services Call for Biometric Background Checks for Drivers

Traditional Taxi Services Call for Biometric Background Checks for Drivers

America’s Taxicab, Limousine & Paratransit Association (TLPA) and National Limousine Association (NLA) are calling for fingerprint-based background checks for all drivers for hire. In a joint statement announcing their collective stance, the organizations highlight the safety benefits offered by such biometric background checks, which can help ensure that passengers are in good hands when hiring…

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