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Illinois Supreme Court Upholds Long Reach of Biometrics Privacy Law

Illinois Supreme Court Upholds Long Reach of Biometrics Privacy Law

The Illinois Supreme Court has issued its ruling on a pivotal case concerning the state’s biometric privacy law, with a unanimous decision upholding its broad scope. The case, Rosenbach v. Six Flags, was brought forward by the mother whose son was, at the age of 14, fingerprinted at the Six Flags amusement park as part…

85 Advocacy Groups Call On Big Tech to Stop Selling Facial Recognition to Gov’t

85 Advocacy Groups Call On Big Tech to Stop Selling Facial Recognition to Gov’t

“By targeting three of the world’s biggest tech companies, the letters could help to focus attention on the issue.” A coalition of 85 advocacy and activist groups have signed open letters urging Amazon, Google, and Microsoft to pledge not to sell facial recognition technology to government authorities. Signatories include the American Civil Liberties Union, the…

AI-Driven Facial Recognition Platform Scans Web for Missing Children

AI-Driven Facial Recognition Platform Scans Web for Missing Children

“A key component of the GMCNgine is Rekognition, Amazon’s controversial computer vision platform.” Facial recognition technology’s growing role in the fight against child exploitation could see a substantial expansion after the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children’s launch of a new AI-driven system this week. Called the GMCNgine, the system leverages machine learning and artificial…

Trueface CEO Outlines Ethical Guidelines for Facial Recognition

Trueface CEO Outlines Ethical Guidelines for Facial Recognition

At a time of heightened controversy around government use of facial recognition technology, Trueface is laying out its own ethical guidelines for ‘responsibly deployed facial recognition’. Writing in a Medium post, Trueface CEO Shaun Moore groups his firm’s ethos under three main headings. The first, and perhaps most important, is “Humanity First”, a reference to…

[Money20/20] The Heavy Lifting is Done, Time to Implement FIDO2: McDowell

[Money20/20] The Heavy Lifting is Done, Time to Implement FIDO2: McDowell

FIDO Alliance Executive Director Brett McDowell took the stage with digital financial services expert David Birch on Money20/20’s opening day, and took the opportunity to make the case for the implementation of FIDO standards in financial services (and everywhere else). Speaking to Birch as part of the “Identity Around the World: Global Case Studies in…

Biometrics on New Google Devices Powered by Fingerprints

Biometrics on New Google Devices Powered by Fingerprints

“The Pixel 3 smartphones’ fingerprint sensors are rear-mounted, while the Pixel Slate’s fingerprint sensor has been integrated into its power button.” With the unveiling of Google’s latest mobile devices, Fingerprints (FPC) is celebrating some very high-profile deployments. The company has revealed that Google’s Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL smartphones, as well as its Pixel Slate…

Google Pixel 3 Smartphones Focus on Computer Vision

Google Pixel 3 Smartphones Focus on Computer Vision

Google’s focus on artificial intelligence has been central to its strategy in delving into hardware over the last couple of years, and with this week’s launch of its latest Pixel smartphones, that focus is sharper and clearer than ever, with computer vision in particular at its center. To be clear, the voice-based Google Assistant is…

New Version of Chrome Supports Fingerprint Authentication for Websites

New Version of Chrome Supports Fingerprint Authentication for Websites

A beta version of the latest Chrome browser for macOS and Android points to the rise of FIDO2-based biometric authentication on the web. The new Chrome 70 feature allows websites to access a fingerprint sensor on their device, and, as 9to5Google reports, this is enabled by default in the Web Authentication API. Websites that take…

More Chrome OS Code Points to Biometric Security Focus on Chromebook

More Chrome OS Code Points to Biometric Security Focus on Chromebook

New code for the Chrome OS suggests that a forthcoming Chromebook laptop will feature fingerprint-based biometric security. The code snippets concern the enrolment of fingerprints in a Chrome OS device, and indicate that the user can register up to three fingerprints at a time, with the option of resetting them later. And, as 9to5Google points…

Chrome OS to Get Face Unlock Feature Suggests Code

Chrome OS to Get Face Unlock Feature Suggests Code

It looks like Google is preparing to bring a Face Unlock system to future devices running on its Chrome OS. The revelation comes by way of some newly added code in Chrome’s back-end. While the clues offered in code snippets can sometimes be a bit ambiguous, this sample seems pretty clear, with its key line…

Code Suggests Facial Recognition Coming to Google Devices

Code Suggests Facial Recognition Coming to Google Devices

Google appears to be working on a new facial recognition system for its mobile devices, according to a new XDA-Developers report. It’s mostly conjecture, but it’s based on pretty solid footing. Essentially, XDA-Developers has been digging around in code for Google Assistant, Google’s AI-driven virtual helper, and found snippets suggesting that a mysterious feature codenamed…

Here’s How Biometric Authentication Will Be Stronger on Android P

Here’s How Biometric Authentication Will Be Stronger on Android P

Google’s developers are going to make biometric authentication stronger on Android P, the next iteration of the company’s popular mobile operating system; and in a new post on the company’s blog, Security Engineer Vishwath Mohan explains how. Essentially, Android’s managers are looking to move beyond FAR and FRR, the standard measures of an authentication mechanism’s…

Google Gambles On Face-Scanning Doorbell in Post-GDPR UK

Google Gambles On Face-Scanning Doorbell in Post-GDPR UK

Google’s face-scanning smart doorbell has hit the UK market. Called Nest Hello, it’s a doorbell with an integrated camera and speaker system, and is designed to connect to other smart home devices via wifi. When someone is at the door, it will send an alert to the user – through a smartphone or Google Home…

Mobile Biometrics Month 2018: How Familiarity and Fun Builds Confidence in Consumer Biometrics

Mobile Biometrics Month 2018: How Familiarity and Fun Builds Confidence in Consumer Biometrics

Apple sparked the mobile revolution in 2013 with the launch of Touch ID, and since then biometric authentication has become a mainstream technology. Fingerprint sensors in particular became almost as ubiquitous on smartphones as front-facing cameras and microphones. Now, nearly five years since that fateful Cupertino keynote, the consumer mobile biometrics space is practically unrecognizable.…

Google’s Art App Illuminates Legal Fog Over Biometric Privacy

Google’s Art App Illuminates Legal Fog Over Biometric Privacy

Everybody’s talking about the Google Arts & Culture app, which matches users’ faces to those depicted in paintings collected in Google’s Arts & Culture online museum. By tapping into the heart of our culture’s zeitgeist – vanity – the app has generated enthusiasm verging on the collective embrace of Pokemon Go a couple of years…

Google Study Suggests Multi-Ethnic Training for Computer Vision

Google Study Suggests Multi-Ethnic Training for Computer Vision

Training computer vision systems to recognize the facial biometrics of a range of ethnicities can help to improve their accuracy, suggests a new Google study. Google’s researchers focused their efforts on algorithms designed to detect smiles in images of faces, training them on four race subgroups – Asian, black, Hispanic, and white. The algorithms set…

Google Aims To Spread Voice-Based AI Via “Artificial Intelligence Yourself” Kit

Google Aims To Spread Voice-Based AI Via “Artificial Intelligence Yourself” Kit

“These efforts are part of a larger one on Google’s part to extend the ecosystem of its artificial intelligence technology amid a general AI boom in which multiple major tech firms – Apple, Samsung, Amazon, and more – are competing.” Google is now actively encouraging tech makers and developers to build products featuring its voice-based…

Sensory’s TrulyHandsfree Integrated Into Google Waze App

Sensory’s TrulyHandsfree Integrated Into Google Waze App

Google’s Waze driver navigation app now features voice activation functionality thanks to the integration of Sensory Inc. technology. Thanks to Sensory’s TrulyHandsfree system, Waze users can now activate the app by saying “OK Waze,” and can proceed with commands such as, “Find an alternate route,” or, “Drive home.” And of course users can also ask…

FIDO-Based Biometrics Are Going To Make Shopping With Android Easier

FIDO-Based Biometrics Are Going To Make Shopping With Android Easier

With the help of FIDO Alliance standards, Google is about to make shopping a lot easier on Android smartphones. Taking to the stage at this week’s Money20/20 event in Las Vegas, Google Identity and Security Product Manager Christiaan Brand demoed how user information can automatically be filled in on mobile checkout forms, and purchases can then…

Google Home Mini Can Recognize Individual Users’ Voices

Google Home Mini Can Recognize Individual Users’ Voices

Google Home Mini has hit store shelves, and the devices will soon be listening to a multitude of users very closely. First announced earlier this month alongside the Google Home Max, it’s the smaller version of Google’s flagship smart home hub offering. The round device is about the size of a donut, and now that…

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