privacy issues

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 York Public School District Faces Criticism for  Facial Recognition System

New York Public School District Faces Criticism for Facial Recognition System

The New York State Department of Education has asked the Lockport City School District to delay its deployment of the first facial recognition surveillance system in a public school. The news comes shortly after Lockport announced that it would begin a trial run of its $1.4 million Aegis network on Monday, June 3rd, in an…

Biometrics Institute Stresses Importance of Ethical Best Practices for Biometrics

Biometrics Institute Stresses Importance of Ethical Best Practices for Biometrics

The Biometrics Institute is asking law enforcement, border control, and other government agencies to exhibit good behavior when deploying biometric technology, warning that it may be regulated for them if they use it irresponsibly and go on to lose public trust. “It is vital that anyone using biometrics to identify individuals follows responsible and ethical…

Toronto Police Chief Reveals Ongoing Use of Biometric Facial Recognition Tech

Toronto Police Chief Reveals Ongoing Use of Biometric Facial Recognition Tech

“The news of TPS’s use of facial recognition technology arrives at a time of heated debate over such practices, with civil and privacy rights advocates warning of potential overreach, as well as racial and gender disparities in the accuracy of facial recognition systems.” Police in Toronto have been using facial recognition technology for over a…

San Francisco’s Facial Recognition Ban Should Be Repealed: IBIA

San Francisco’s Facial Recognition Ban Should Be Repealed: IBIA

“The IBIA is not alone in taking issue with the ban; after the legislation passed its Board vote, an advocacy group called Stop Crime SF issued a statement insisting that the ban could have been a moratorium, since facial recognition technology shows considerable potential as a crime-fighting tool. “ The International Biometrics + Identity Association…

Legal Challenge to Biometric Surveillance Gets Underway in UK

Legal Challenge to Biometric Surveillance Gets Underway in UK

“The hearings, held at a court in Cardiff, heard from South Wales Police barrister Jeremy Johnson QC, who explained that the facial recognition technology only looks for matches against police watch lists, and that if no match is found for a given subject, their biometric data is deleted immediately.” Hearings are now underway in the…

Biometrics Institute Updates Privacy Guidelines to Reflect GDPR Standards

Biometrics Institute Updates Privacy Guidelines to Reflect GDPR Standards

The Biometrics Institute has released new privacy guidelines for any and all organizations operating in the biometrics space. The universal guidelines are specifically written to ensure that biometrics researchers, manufacturers, and operators know how to handle people’s personal information responsibly. While the Institute generally updates its privacy guidelines every two years, this is the first…

California Assembly Approves Ban of Body Cam Facial Recognition

California Assembly Approves Ban of Body Cam Facial Recognition

“The legislation not only bans the live use of facial recognition through police body camera feeds, but also bans the application of this technology to any data collected through such cameras.” The California Assembly has voted in favor of a piece of legislation – Assembly Bill 1215 – aimed at banning the use of facial…

Ban on Oakland’s Use of Facial Recognition Gets First Round of Approval

Ban on Oakland’s Use of Facial Recognition Gets First Round of Approval

The city of Oakland’s Privacy Commission has approved a proposal to ban the municipal government’s use of facial recognition. As CBS’s local news station reports, the proposed legislation still has a long way to go before it can take effect. It will need to be approved by the Public Safety Committee, and then by the…

Yoti Commits to Biometrics Institute’s Seven Ethical Principles

Yoti Commits to Biometrics Institute’s Seven Ethical Principles

Yoti has come out in support of the Biometrics Institute’s seven ethical principles for biometrics. The recently published principles are designed to guide companies in the biometrics space to ensure that they use the technology for the public good. For its part, Yoti discussed the seven ethical principles in a blog post that outlined the…

NEC Reaffirms its Commitment to AI Privacy and Human Rights

NEC Reaffirms its Commitment to AI Privacy and Human Rights

The NEC Corporation has established a set of human rights principles to guide its business decisions when using biometrics and artificial intelligence. The newly published “NEC Group AI and Human Rights Principles” reflect a commitment to privacy at every stage of development, and are also intended to ensure compliance with international rules and regulations. With…