law enforcement

Gemalto Supplies CABIS, LiveScan Tech to Uganda’s National Police Force

Gemalto Supplies CABIS, LiveScan Tech to Uganda’s National Police Force

Ugandan police now have a powerful new biometric tool at their disposal, thanks to Gemalto. The company has revealed that its Cogent Automated Biometric Identification System, or CABIS, is now being used by the Uganda Police Force together with its LiveScan technology. CABIS was first developed by 3M Cogent, which was acquired by Gemalto in…

Singapore Police Force Secures IT with BIO-key Tech

Singapore Police Force Secures IT with BIO-key Tech

“The technology is expected to ultimately be used by the full 38,500-member roster of the Singapore Police Force, the company indicated.” BIO-key has announced that it has another new high-profile client: The Singapore Police Force will use its biometric authentication technology to control access to secure information. The police agency is already using Active Directory…

UK Police Say Facial Recognition Trial Delivered Three Arrests

UK Police Say Facial Recognition Trial Delivered Three Arrests

Police in the UK are ramping up their use of facial recognition technology in the fight against crime, with London’s Metropolitan Police announcing this week that a live trial of the technology in the city’s east end had led to the result of three individuals wanted for violent crimes. The deployment caused some consternation among…

Drug Trafficker Surgically Altered Fingerprints to Evade Police

Drug Trafficker Surgically Altered Fingerprints to Evade Police

A wanted drug trafficker surgically altered his fingerprints in a bid to evade capture, according to a new report from The Guardian. The man, who has not been publicly identified, was on the lam for 15 years before his recent apprehension by Spanish police. His time as a fugitive may have been aided by dramatic…

SuperCom Lands House Arrest Contract in Estonia

SuperCom Lands House Arrest Contract in Estonia

SuperCom is putting Estonia on house arrest. The identity and cybersecurity company has announced a new contract with the national government of Estonia, taking over the security and monitoring demands for the roughly 200 people currently on house arrest in the country. The contract will last for 4.5 years and is worth an estimated $1.35…

Proposed Law Would Ban Facial Recognition Surveillance in Heart of Silicon Valley

Proposed Law Would Ban Facial Recognition Surveillance in Heart of Silicon Valley

The heart of Silicon Valley could become the first place where AI-driven facial recognition technology is banned, if proposed legislation is put into place. The proposition comes from San Francisco Board of Supervisors member Aaron Peskin. It would implement new requirements for police to obtain approval from the city’s Board of Supervisors before purchasing new…

Rio Police Plan to Use Facial Recognition Cameras During Carnival

Rio Police Plan to Use Facial Recognition Cameras During Carnival

Authorities in Rio de Janeiro have announced plans to introduce a new facial recognition system during this year’s Carnival. The cameras will be used to scan faces and license plates in the popular Copacabana area of the city.   “If (the cameras) identify an individual under an arrest warrant, or if a stolen vehicle drives…

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…

Police Can’t Force Biometric Smartphone Unlock, Rules California Judge

Police Can’t Force Biometric Smartphone Unlock, Rules California Judge

“Thanks to the Fifth Amendment protection against self-incrimination, criminal suspects can’t be compelled to divulge their passcodes for unlocking their phones; but some have argued that biometric scans are not information, and therefore can’t be subject to the same limitation.” Another judge has weighed in on the issue of whether police have the right to…

UK Police Scramble to Get Forensics Labs Accredited After Missed Deadline

UK Police Scramble to Get Forensics Labs Accredited After Missed Deadline

“The issue reflects the evolving regulatory framework in place in the UK concerning how government authorities may use biometrics and related technologies.” Police in the UK are scrambling to get their forensics labs up to snuff in the wake of a statement from the country’s forensics regulator indicating that over 90 percent of the UK’s…

Agreeing to Greater Transparency, Northern Ireland Police Settle Biometrics Complaint

Agreeing to Greater Transparency, Northern Ireland Police Settle Biometrics Complaint

Following a high-profile human rights complaint, the Police Service of Northern Ireland has committed to establishing and publishing a formal policy concerning its retention of biometric data from criminals. The case was brought forward by the country’s Human Rights Commission in support of a claim from an anonymous individual whose fingerprint and DNA data were…

EyeLock Looks to the Police Car as Latest Vehicle for Iris Authentication Tech

EyeLock Looks to the Police Car as Latest Vehicle for Iris Authentication Tech

“In addition to its biometric technology, the Smart Rear View Mirror platform also features the kind of 360-degree HD recording that 360fly is known for…” A partnership with action camera specialist 360fly is aimed at bringing EyeLock‘s biometric technology to police cars. The companies have collaborated on a new ‘Smart Rear View Mirror’ solution that…

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…

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…

Biometric Tech Plays Backup in Recent CBP Border Arrest

Biometric Tech Plays Backup in Recent CBP Border Arrest

The US Customs and Border Protection agency continues to promote the benefits of its biometric border control technology with the announcement that it has been used to confirm the identity of a man wanted on sexual assault charges in Texas. The individual was apprehended while trying to cross the Anzalduas International Bridge. According to the…

London’s Met Police Commissioner Decries Biometrics Regulations After String of Murders

London’s Met Police Commissioner Decries Biometrics Regulations After String of Murders

The head of London’s Metropolitan Police Service is decrying the “complex regulatory system” in place over how law enforcement authorities in the UK can use facial recognition technology. Speaking to The Guardian after a week that saw five murders over the course of six days in the city, Met Police commissioner Cressida Dick said, “We…

Amazon Exec Defends Sale of Facial Recognition to Police in Internal Meeting

Amazon Exec Defends Sale of Facial Recognition to Police in Internal Meeting

“After an ACLU report revealed that Amazon had been selling facial recognition technology to police earlier this year, an assortment of privacy rights activists, shareholders, and even Amazon employees publicly decried the practice and called on the company to stop. “ Amazon is showing no sign of backing off from its marketing and sales of…

Police Advised to Avoid Looking at Suspects’ iPhone Xs

Police Advised to Avoid Looking at Suspects’ iPhone Xs

“…newer iPhones are designed to require a passcode after five unsuccessful unlock attempts using Face ID, the facial recognition system that allows iPhone users to unlock their devices just by looking at them.” At least one forensics consultant is advising police to avoid looking at a criminal suspect’s iPhone X, in case they need to…

Government Biometrics Month: The Roundup

Government Biometrics Month: The Roundup

The government biometrics sector never stops growing, and accordingly this has been a very eventful Government Biometrics Month at FindBiometrics. We’ve spent the last four weeks traversing this hugely diverse market area, delivering breaking news, live interviews, and deep analysis. And we capped it all off by attending a major industry event and organizing the…

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