law enforcement

Korean Rights Agency Deems Fingerprint Scanning of Children Unconstitutional

Korean Rights Agency Deems Fingerprint Scanning of Children Unconstitutional

South Korea’s independent human rights agency has weighed in on a newly proposed law that would allow government authorities to collect the fingerprints of children aged four and under without parental consent, deeming it unconstitutional. As The Korea Times reports, the law was drafted with the aim of helping police to track down missing children.…

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…

IDEMIA Wins 5-Year UK Fingerprint Matching Contract

IDEMIA Wins 5-Year UK Fingerprint Matching Contract

“IDEMIA’s fingerprint matching service will primarily be used by domestic law enforcement agencies, as well as border control and immigration authorities…” The UK’s Home Office has selected IDEMIA to provide it with an upgraded fingerprint matching system. In a statement announcing its contract win, IDEMIA did not disclose the project’s value. But the company did…

Australian Government Authorities Cancel Biometric Program, Citing Delays

Australian Government Authorities Cancel Biometric Program, Citing Delays

“Responding to the project’s cancelation in a statement, NEC Australia said it is ‘extremely disappointed’ with the ACIC’s decision, and insisted that it ‘has worked closely with the ACIC to deliver the BIS project and have clearly demonstrated to the ACIC that we already have a high quality solution that will meet their needs.’” Australian…

UK Police Face Legal Challenges Over Use of Facial Recognition

UK Police Face Legal Challenges Over Use of Facial Recognition

Police authorities in the UK are being challenged over their use of public surveillance systems based on facial recognition technology. An organization called Big Brother Watch, working with politician Baroness Jenny Jones, has written letters to the heads of the Home Office and London’s Metropolitan Police Service asking them to either halt the use of…

FaceFirst Launches Biometric Shoplifter Alert System for Retailers

FaceFirst Launches Biometric Shoplifter Alert System for Retailers

Los Angeles-based FaceFirst has launched a new facial recognition solution for security surveillance aimed at the retail market. Dubbed “Sentinel-IQ”, the platform is designed to identify known shoplifters and criminals, and to send an alert to administrators the moment such individuals are detected by the surveillance system. And it’s available in multiple deployment configurations including…

ACLU’s Attack on Amazon Surveillance Tech Misses Bigger Issue: ITIF

ACLU’s Attack on Amazon Surveillance Tech Misses Bigger Issue: ITIF

The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation is pushing back against the ACLU’s efforts to get Amazon to stop selling its facial recognition technology to government organizations. The outcry began about a week ago, when the ACLU published information concerning multiple police agencies’ use of Rekognition, a machine learning, computer vision system that runs on Amazon…

OPD, Amazon Play Down Rekognition Use After ACLU Report

OPD, Amazon Play Down Rekognition Use After ACLU Report

“Responding to the report, the Orlando Police Department’s chief, John Mina, held a press conference at which he insisted that his department was only testing the technology, with seven officers having volunteered to have their faces tracked through OPD cameras.” Amazon and the Orlando Police Department are playing down the use of facial recognition technology…

ACLU Urges Amazon to Stop Selling Surveillance Tech to Gov’t

ACLU Urges Amazon to Stop Selling Surveillance Tech to Gov’t

The American Civil Liberties Union is urging Amazon to stop selling its facial recognition system to government authorities, warning that it threatens privacy and civil liberties and empowers a growing surveillance state. The system, Rekognition, was first announced toward the end of 2016, and is available through Amazon Web Services. Based on machine learning technology,…

Kansas Elderly and Disability Care Workers Now Subject to Biometric Background Checks

Kansas Elderly and Disability Care Workers Now Subject to Biometric Background Checks

Individuals seeking to work in home care or healthcare services for the elderly and individuals with disabilities in Kansas will now need to submit to biometric background checks. The development comes by way of new legislation pertaining to the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services’ (KDADS) Health Occupations Credentialing program. KDADS is now authorized…

Play-Doh Fingerprint Leads Police to Would-Be Shoplifter

Play-Doh Fingerprint Leads Police to Would-Be Shoplifter

Smearing Play-Doh over store products’ security tags does not disable them and can only get you into trouble. That’s the takeaway from a recent investigation of attempted thefts in a Walmart in Leicester, Massachusetts. The real problem with the Play-Doh strategy, in addition to its ineffectiveness, is that the putty can retain fingerprints. That’s how…

South Wales Police’ Use of Facial Recognition Produces Mixed Results

South Wales Police’ Use of Facial Recognition Produces Mixed Results

Biometric facial recognition technology has helped South Wales Police to make 2,000 positive matches over the past nine months, leading to over 450 arrests, the police force has announced. But it isn’t clear that the technology used in the field is quite so effective. In a statement, SWP explained that it is using two biometric…

Axon Establishes AI Ethics Board

Axon Establishes AI Ethics Board

“The establishment of such an advisory board suggests a more than token engagement between the stakeholders of new AI-driven policing technologies and the civil and privacy rights advocates who are skeptical of them.” Axon, a tech company specializing in connected solutions for law enforcement, has established an AI Ethics Board to help guide its development…

South Wales Police Bust Drug Operation With Fingerprint From WhatsApp Picture

South Wales Police Bust Drug Operation With Fingerprint From WhatsApp Picture

In what may be a world’s first, police in Wales have used fingerprint biometrics collected from a WhatsApp picture of a hand holding drugs to help bust up a dealing operation, reports BBC News. The dealers appear to have been using the messaging app as an important component of their operation, taking advantage of the…

Concert Arrest Demonstrates Growing Biometric Power of Chinese Police

Concert Arrest Demonstrates Growing Biometric Power of Chinese Police

Police in China are making a big song and dance over the arrest of person of interest at a music concert via the use of facial recognition technology. The individual, identified only by the surname Ao, was in a crowd of somewhere over 50,000 people, and was wanted in connection with an unspecified “economic crime”.…

CredenceTWO Handheld Combines FAP 30 Sensor, Card Reader, Wireless Connectivity

CredenceTWO Handheld Combines FAP 30 Sensor, Card Reader, Wireless Connectivity

Credence ID has unveiled a new handheld device that combines a FAP 30 fingerprint scanner and a contact-based and contactless smart card reader in a system running on Android 7.1. The device is called the CredenceTWO. In a statement announcing the new device, Credence ID asserted that it features “the industry’s highest quality full-fingerprint scanner”,…

INTERPOL Uses Facial Recognition to Catch Fugitive Murderer

INTERPOL Uses Facial Recognition to Catch Fugitive Murderer

“Remarkably, it all happened within 48 hours…” Authorities with INTERPOL have used facial recognition to catch an internationally wanted fugitive after a decade on the run. The criminal, Kristian Danev, was wanted for murder, Czech Authorities having issued a Red Notice through INTERPOL 10 years ago. Police in Argentina recently thought they had found him,…

UK Police to Use Mobile Fingerprint Scanning System in the Field

UK Police to Use Mobile Fingerprint Scanning System in the Field

Police in the UK are about to trial a mobile fingerprint matching system aimed at making it easier to identify criminals and wanted suspects in the field. It can also help officers to identify individuals in emergency situations, and to contact next of kin when appropriate. The system revolves around a mobile app, paired with…

Chinese Police Use Face-Scanning Smartglasses to Surveil Crowds of Travelers

Chinese Police Use Face-Scanning Smartglasses to Surveil Crowds of Travelers

Police in China are now using face-scanning smartglasses to identify criminals in public. Designed by Beijing-based LLVision, the devices look like sunglasses, but feature a small camera at the top of one lens. Software scans faces captured in the video feed, and those are then compared to an offline database in a synced, smartphone-like mobile…

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