facial biometrics

Lockport Schools Closer to Using Facial Recognition Technology

Lockport Schools Closer to Using Facial Recognition Technology

Schools in the district of Lockport, New York, are closer to being allowed to use facial recognition technology to monitor persons on school property after the New York State Education Department outlined four additional steps required in order for permission to be granted. In a statement to local news outlet 2WGRZ, an official said that…

Nestle Store in Spain to Trial Facial Recognition-Based Payments System

Nestle Store in Spain to Trial Facial Recognition-Based Payments System

A Nestle grocery store in Spain is partnering with CaixaBank to trial a new facial payment system in an attempt to speed up customer transactions ahead of the coming holiday shopping season. Payments are made using the Face to Pay Nestle Market app, where users are required to register their personal information along with credit…

Precise Biometrics’ YOUNiQ Platform Gets Passive Liveness Detection

Precise Biometrics’ YOUNiQ Platform Gets Passive Liveness Detection

“… the company explained that YOUNiQ now features passive liveness detection, meaning it can detect whether an authorized user is indeed physically present during a scan…” Precise Biometrics has added liveness detection to its YOUNiQ biometric platform, the company has announced. First announced earlier this year, the YOUNiQ platform represents Precise Biometrics’ expansion beyond the…

Moscow Court Ruling May Open Door to Biometric Surveillance

Moscow Court Ruling May Open Door to Biometric Surveillance

The Savelovsky court of Moscow has ruled against the notion that the use of facial recognition cameras is in violation of the Russian Constitution with regards to the collection of personal data and an individual’s rights to privacy. In a case brought forward by plaintiff Alena Popova the courts declared that her arrest in 2018…

WeWork Among Latest Caught in BIPA Net

WeWork Among Latest Caught in BIPA Net

A lawsuit has been filed in Illinois against WeWork, global real-estate company and provider of shared office space, alleging the use of facial recognition scans without consent. The plaintiff in the case, Elliot Osborne, alleges that “When individuals arrive at a WeWork office space, each Defendant requires them to have their facial geometry scanned to…

Jumio Announces Improvements in Speed, Accuracy and UX

Jumio Announces Improvements in Speed, Accuracy and UX

Jumio, the AI-powered trusted identity as a service provider, announced gains in the speed and accuracy of its verification services, as well as a more intuitive user experience. These gains come after a two year period during which Jumio invested heavily automation enabled through a variety of machine learning, artificial intelligence, and optical character recognition…

China Begins Testing Emotion Recognition Technology in Xinjiang Region

China Begins Testing Emotion Recognition Technology in Xinjiang Region

China has begun testing surveillance technology in its northwestern Xinjiang region that aims to predict an individuals’ behavior by reading their emotional state. The technology uses cameras to scan people’s faces and ‘read’ their facial expressions in order to “identify criminal suspects by analyzing their mental state… to prevent illegal acts including terrorism and smuggling,”…

Facial Recognition Lawsuit Could Be First of its Kind in China

Facial Recognition Lawsuit Could Be First of its Kind in China

In what many domestic news outlets are describing as a first, a Chinese citizen is suing a theme park over its use of biometric technology on attendees. The park in question is a safari park in Hangzhou, which previously linked park passes to the fingerprints of pass holders, but recently moved to a new system…

Dr. Pepper Employee BIPA Violation Lawsuit Moved to Federal Court

Dr. Pepper Employee BIPA Violation Lawsuit Moved to Federal Court

A lawsuit that was filed by an employee against soft drink maker Keurig Dr. Pepper Inc. in Illinois that claims the company violated the state’s biometric privacy laws has been moved to a federal court at the request of the defendant. The plaintiff for the case — Gio Villanueva, an employee of Dr. Pepper in…

Israeli AI Startup Backed by Microsoft Linked to Surveillance of Palestinians

Israeli AI Startup Backed by Microsoft Linked to Surveillance of Palestinians

Biometrics News – Facial Recognition An Israeli artificial intelligence startup with investments from a number of American companies including Microsoft has been linked to the biometric surveillance of Palestinians. AnyVision is an international tech company based in Israel that raised $78 million in June from an investment group including American tech giant Microsoft. One of…

Animal Shelters in Lewiston and Plano Join Biometric App to Reunite Owners With Lost Pets

Animal Shelters in Lewiston and Plano Join Biometric App to Reunite Owners With Lost Pets

Two more animal shelters have begun using Finding Rover to register pets at their facilities in efforts to reunite them with their owners using facial recognition technology. Shelters in Lewiston, Maine, and Plano, Texas, have started registering every animal that comes through their doors with the app by taking photographs of the animals’ faces and…

Class Action Lawsuits Filed in Illinois Citing Breach of Biometrics Privacy Law

Class Action Lawsuits Filed in Illinois Citing Breach of Biometrics Privacy Law

Biometrics News – Facial Recognition A pair of class action lawsuits have recently been filed in Illinois against Rivers Casino in De Plaines and retail giant Wallgreens, with plaintiffs claiming state laws were broken when their facial biometric geometry was recorded without their consent. The lawsuits claim that plaintiffs’ rights were violated under the Illinois…

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…

Taiwanese Minister Orders Investigation of Megvii Following US Blacklisting

Taiwanese Minister Orders Investigation of Megvii Following US Blacklisting

Biometrics News – Facial Recognition Taiwanese Economic Minister Sheng Jong-chin has ordered an investigation into Chinese company Megvii Technology following its inclusion in a list of 28 Chinese entities that were blacklisted by the US government. The investigation follows concerns surrounding Megvii’s recently acquired contract to provide a facial recognition security system at Taichung Power…

Welsh Police Forces Debut Mobile Fingerprint Technology

Welsh Police Forces Debut Mobile Fingerprint Technology

Biometrics News – Fingerprint Recognition Two police forces in Wales have begun using INK Biometrics (Identity Not Known) in the field in a pilot project that will last three months before a review is conducted on its efficacy. South Wales Police and Gwent Police have deployed ten mobile devices to be shared between the two…

Lufthansa Launches Biometric Boarding at JFK Airport

Lufthansa Launches Biometric Boarding at JFK Airport

Biometrics News – Facial Recognition Lufthansa Airlines has launched a biometric self-boarding gate at John F. Kennedy International Airport’s Terminal 1. This comes almost 11 months after JetBlue debuted a similar service at JFK’s Terminal 5 following an extensive pilot project at Logan International Airport in Boston. During that trial, over 50,000 passengers used biometric…

Spend.com, KNWN Technologies Announce Partnership

Spend.com, KNWN Technologies Announce Partnership

Biometrics News – Facial Recognition Spend.com has announced plans to integrate KNWN Technologies to bolster the security of its Spend App. KNWN Technologies’ proprietary AI-powered multi-factor facial recognition software will afford users of the Spend App continuous digital identity authentication and protection on any camera-enabled device, in real-time. The Spend App is a multi-currency banking…

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