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Canadian Gov’t Seeks to Expand Biometric Screening

Canadian Gov’t Seeks to Expand Biometric Screening

The Canadian government is seeking to expand the collection of visitors’ biometric data, and it’s raising some concerns about privacy. The changes have been introduced into a new omnibus budget bill. The government already takes face and fingerprint data for visitors from a number of countries. It also uses ePassports, has employed facial recognition technology…

Australian Police Take More Steps Toward Biometric Borders

Australian Police Take More Steps Toward Biometric Borders

Australian law enforcement authorities are working together to put together to set up a national face biometrics database for border security, according to an iTnews article by Paris Cowan. Police ministers and Attorneys-General gathered in Canberra to hammer out a coordinated plan for the project. It’s just in a preliminary stage at the moment. According…

Time & Attendance Month: Fighting Time Crime

Time & Attendance Month: Fighting Time Crime

Time is money, so they say, and while that age old business cliche may seem like a well worn way to lay guilt on procrastinators, it is also just straight out true when wages are doled out by the hour. Whether a wage slave at a fast food restaurant or high salaried upper-management, a person…

Samsung Investigating Fingerprint Cloning Claims

Samsung Investigating Fingerprint Cloning Claims

Samsung says it’s looking into FireEye’s claims; and it’s worth noting that the Android 5.0 Lollipop OS does not features this vulnerability. Numerous Android mobile devices including Samsung’s Galaxy S5 have major security vulnerabilities allowing hackers to copy users’ fingerprints, according to security firm FireEye. As reported by Thomas Fox-Brewster in a Forbes article, FireEye…

Debate Continues Over Biometric Border Security in Australia

Debate Continues Over Biometric Border Security in Australia

In considering a bill that would expand authorities’ powers to collect biometric data, the Law Council of Australia is asking that the country’s Privacy Commissioner be allowed to assess it before it can be passed, according to a Computerworld article by Rohan Pearce. The Migration Amendment (Strengthening Biometrics Integrity) Bill 2015 is intended to broaden…

Japanese Retailers May Share Biometric Data of Shoplifters

Japanese Retailers May Share Biometric Data of Shoplifters

Facial recognition technology is increasingly being adopted by business in Japan, and that’s cause for concern about privacy issues, according to an article by Masako Wakae and Yomiuri Shimbun on The Japan News. Such concerns are proving particularly worrisome as a the National Shoplifting Prevention Organization, a nonprofit group, considers sharing the facial biometric data of alleged…

Aadhaar Requirement for Workers Faces Backlash

Aadhaar Requirement for Workers Faces Backlash

India’s federal government has declared that it is now necessary to have an Aadhaar card to apply for jobs through a government employment program, according to an article by Bagish Jha in The Times of India. Now, job-seekers who want to apply via the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) must have the…

Texas Bans Fingerprint Biometrics for Drivers Licenses

Texas Bans Fingerprint Biometrics for Drivers Licenses

A Texas senator’s bill has banned the collection of 10-fingerprint biometric credentials from drivers licence applicants in the state, according to a Chron article by Bobby Cervantes. The bill was drafted by Republican Senator Charles Schwertner, and was passed by the Senate Transportation Committee on March 11. While Republicans in the US generally tend to support the provision…

Canadian Public Servants Fight Biometric Checks

Canadian Public Servants Fight Biometric Checks

Canada’s federal government is implementing new security screening protocols for its public servants that will include fingerprint collection in some cases, and the unions representing those workers are fighting back, according to a National Post article by Don Butler. The two main unions representing these workers, the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) and the…

Biometric Attendance-Tracking Met with Resistance from Air Canada Workers

Biometric Attendance-Tracking Met with Resistance from Air Canada Workers

Air Canada is getting some pushback from workers in the wake of its introduction of biometric attendance-tracking, according to a CJAD News report by Trudie Mason. The fingerprint scanners have been implemented at airports in Toronto, Halifax, and Montreal. The use of biometric attendance-tracking technology seems to be on the rise, appearing everywhere from a community…

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