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Trump Administration Proposes DNA Sampling of Individuals Detained at the Border

Trump Administration Proposes DNA Sampling of Individuals Detained at the Border

The Trump administration has proposed a new rule allowing US border authorities to collect DNA samples from any immigrant “detained under the authority of the United States”. This information would be shared with the FBI for inclusion in a larger criminal database. While border officials are already allowed to perform rapid DNA testing to help…

BIO-key Applauds FBI’s Recommendation of Biometric Security After MFA Hacks

BIO-key Applauds FBI’s Recommendation of Biometric Security After MFA Hacks

The FBI made headlines this week with a Private Industry Notice warning partners in the private sector about sophisticated hacks of MFA security systems, and BIO-key is celebrating the Bureau’s recommendations regarding biometric security. The FBI’s alarm over the issue appears to stem from hacking incidents cited in the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center. These…

FBI’s Face Photo Database Has Grown to 641 Million, Says Oversight Body

FBI’s Face Photo Database Has Grown to 641 Million, Says Oversight Body

“Testifying at this week’s congressional hearing, an FBI representative asserted that the organization is committed to the protection of citizen’s privacy and civil liberties…” The FBI’s collection of citizens’ face images appears to have expanded considerably since a 2016 report from the Government Accountability Office exposed its secret Facial Analysis, Comparison, and Evaluation, or “FACE”,…

New Round of Fingerprint Matching Helps to Exonerate Wrongly Convicted Man After 36 Years

New Round of Fingerprint Matching Helps to Exonerate Wrongly Convicted Man After 36 Years

Fingerprint recognition technology has helped to exonerate a man wrongly convicted of rape and assault, leading to his freedom after 36 years in prison. The man, Archie Williams, had always insisted he was innocent of the crime, which was committed in a Baton Rouge home in December of 1982. Though there were fingerprints discovered at…

US-Japan Biometrics Sharing Agreement Takes Effect

US-Japan Biometrics Sharing Agreement Takes Effect

An agreement to facilitate the sharing of biometric data between police authorities in Japan and the US has taken effect, The Japan Times reports. The deal concerns Japan’s National Policy Agency and America’s FBI and Department of Homeland Security. The countries first came to the agreement in 2014. While there were already previous agreements in…

Ohio County Sheriff Looks to Iris Scanning Tech

Ohio County Sheriff Looks to Iris Scanning Tech

Ohio’s Richland County has become the first in the state to see police use iris recognition for the identification of offenders. Applied by the county Sheriff’s Office, the technology is being used to identify individuals who have been arrested and added to local and national databases. It was delivered by BI2 Technologies, which is also…

InCadence Mobile App Added to FBI Certified Products List

InCadence Mobile App Added to FBI Certified Products List

InCadence Strategic Solutions‘ Ares mobile biometrics software is now officially on the FBI Certified Products List, the company has announced. The app is designed to operate in conjunction with InCadence fingerprint scanners, which can be plugged into Samsung Galaxy phones and tablets. And the software is designed to connect with county and state fingerprint databases,…

DHS, FBI, Facebook, and Microsoft Collaborate to Fight Election Hacking

DHS, FBI, Facebook, and Microsoft Collaborate to Fight Election Hacking

The Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Facebook, and Microsoft together made unlikely partners in a recent joint briefing to the National Association of Secretaries of State and the National Association of State Election Directors. The briefing revolved around the efforts taken by these organizations to prevent the kind of meddling seen…

IDEMIA’s New Case AFIS is Aimed at Latent Print Examination

IDEMIA’s New Case AFIS is Aimed at Latent Print Examination

“Through working with forensic experts on leading edge techniques and approaches, IDEMIA’s latent print examination discipline has resulted in our latest compact and convenient offering, IDEMIA Case AFIS.” – Donnie Scott, Senior Vice President, Public Security for North America, IDEMIA IDEMIA has announced a new Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) aimed specifically at forensic investigators dealing…

NIST Lays Groundwork for New DNA Analysis Method

NIST Lays Groundwork for New DNA Analysis Method

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) researchers are working on a new approach to DNA matching that could enhance the capabilities of forensic investigators. Jointly funded by NIST and the FBI, the research is aimed at moving beyond DNA profiling based on short tandem repeats, or STRs. This refers to a practice in which analysts…

Iris ID Partners with Mentalix for Greater Role in FBI Biometrics Program

Iris ID Partners with Mentalix for Greater Role in FBI Biometrics Program

“Our iCAM R100 cameras add a valuable dimension to the Fed Submit kiosks. The Mentalix solution will make it easier – and faster – for local officials to know who is being booked and released from their facilities.” – Mohammed Murad, Vice President, Global Business Development and Sales, Iris ID Iris ID is poised to play…

FBI Moves Ahead with NGI Privacy Act Exemption

FBI Moves Ahead with NGI Privacy Act Exemption

The FBI has followed through on its plan to exempt its Next Generation Identification system from the Privacy Act. Effective August 31st, 2017, the FBI is no longer bound by the requirement to acknowledge whether it is holding an individual’s biometric records. The NGI system is widely used by law enforcement and security authorities to…

US, Swedish Police Authorities to Share Access to Fingerprint Records

US, Swedish Police Authorities to Share Access to Fingerprint Records

“…in cases in which there is a potential prison sentence of a year or more, authorities will have permission to access the fingerprint databases for criminal matches, with Sweden’s containing about 165,000 such records, and the FBI in possession of about 100 million.” Police authorities in the US and Sweden will soon be able to…

Controversial Biometrics Program Catches 17-Year Fugitive

Controversial Biometrics Program Catches 17-Year Fugitive

The FBI has announced that with the help of biometric identification technology, it has arrested a fugitive who has been on the run for 17 years, reports Ars Technica. The fugitive was suspected of being the culprit in a child abduction and molestation case in Indiana back in February, 2000. At the time, the suspect…

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…

Law Enforcement Biometrics Month: 4 Unique Deployments

Law Enforcement Biometrics Month: 4 Unique Deployments

The law enforcement biometrics market is large and only growing in scope when it comes to areas of application. Advances in connectivity, mobility, secure cloud technology, middleware and of course biometric capture technology are leading to massive innovations for government agencies concerned with justice. Wearable tech, connected cars and more are all on their way to…

Law Enforcement Biometrics Month: The Primer

Law Enforcement Biometrics Month: The Primer

September is Law Enforcement Biometrics Month and to kick things off on the right foot we’ve put together a primer to get you up to speed on the various deployments, innovations, and ongoing developments in the world of justice and identity. – Sign up now for the Law Enforcement Biometrics Month Webinar – And spread…

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