Privacy

New D-ID Solution Removes Identifying Biometrics from People’s Faces

New D-ID Solution Removes Identifying Biometrics from People’s Faces

D-ID has released a new de-identification solution that removes Personally Identifying Information from video and photo content. Dubbed Smart Anonymization, the platform uses a proprietary algorithm to scrub facial features, licenses plates, and anything else that could be used to identify an individual and replaces those features with an AI-generated approximation. The solution is being…

London Bar Uses Facial Recognition to Help Serve Customers

London Bar Uses Facial Recognition to Help Serve Customers

The 5cc Harrild & Sons cocktail bar in London is trialing a new facial recognition system that will help with age checks and make it easier for bartenders stay organized during a rush. The system was invented by DataSparQ, and it essentially functions as the digital version of the ticketing system at a grocery store…

Biometric Age Verification Protects Online Privacy in UK

Biometric Age Verification Protects Online Privacy in UK

“For anyone with the Yoti app, their account will serve as sufficient proof of age, confirming that they are over 18 without revealing their date of birth.” Thanks to Yoti, UK adults are now able to look at pornography anonymously. The company is teaming up with the age verification system AgeID to allow people to…

Breached CBP Data Used to Train Biometric Face Matching: Report

Breached CBP Data Used to Train Biometric Face Matching: Report

“The CBP said that the subcontractor had transferred the image data to its own network, violating security rules, and that its own systems were not affected in the attack. Somewhere under 100,000 people were impacted, the agency said.” It appears that a US government subcontractor’s use of biometric border control technology has resulted in the…

NY Police Commissioner Defends the Use of Biometric Facial Recognition

NY Police Commissioner Defends the Use of Biometric Facial Recognition

New York City Police Commissioner James O’Neill has taken to the New York Times to try to dispel the public’s concerns about facial recognition technology. In the article, O’Neill details the NYPD’s operational procedures for the use of facial recognition, emphasizing that it is only a “limited and preliminary step” that informs a more rigorous…

Microsoft Takes Down Open Source Face Database

Microsoft Takes Down Open Source Face Database

Microsoft’s MS Celeb dataset of face images has been quietly taken down by the company. The open source dataset has been used to train and test facial recognition systems, with major names like IBM, Panasonic, Alibaba, and Hitachi having used it for their own purposes. Ostensibly a collection of Public Domain celebrity photos, MS Celeb…

BioCatch Details Major Identity and Privacy Trends in the Biometrics Industry

BioCatch Details Major Identity and Privacy Trends in the Biometrics Industry

The BioCatch Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer traces the evolution of identity, privacy, and design BioCatch’s Frances Zelazny has shared some insights in a new blog post that looks back at twenty years in the biometrics industry. The company’s Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer specifically focused on identity, privacy, and design, noting how the prevailing…

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…

SecureRedact Makes Videos Anonymous with Facial De-Recognition

SecureRedact Makes Videos Anonymous with Facial De-Recognition

When it comes to facial recognition, most providers are trying to make it easier to identify individual faces in a crowd. With the launch of SecureRedact, Pimloc is trying to to do the opposite. The new platform uses machine learning technology to scan thousands of hours of video footage, scrubbing any faces that it finds…

Biometrics Institute Publishes Ethical Guideline Based on Seven Principles

Biometrics Institute Publishes Ethical Guideline Based on Seven Principles

The Biometrics Institute has issued seven ethical principles meant to serve as a guideline for how contemporary biometrics technology should be deployed. The list of principles begins with a bit of a tautology – “Ethical behaviour” – and goes on to include “Ownership of the biometric and respect for individuals’ personal data”, “Serving humans”, “Justice…

Users Happy to Trade Personal Data for Convenience and Security: Report

Users Happy to Trade Personal Data for Convenience and Security: Report

People are more than happy to share their personal data, just as long as they’re getting something in return.  That’s the main takeaway from Experian’s Global Identity and Fraud Report, which found that growing privacy concerns have not soured people on the overall potential of the digital experience. The vast majority (90 percent) of consumers are…

GUEST POST: Mark Clifton Comments on the FindBiometrics Year in Review

GUEST POST: Mark Clifton Comments on the FindBiometrics Year in Review

The FindBiometrics Year in Review is the longest running biometrics industry survey, providing insight into the top trends in the ever-evolving identity marketplace. In this guest post, biometrics expert Mark Clifton highlights some of the survey’s most notable findings. These survey results underscore the intersection between biometrics and some major technology disruptions in today’s world.…

MIT AI Policy Congress Convenes to Discuss AI and Ethics

MIT AI Policy Congress Convenes to Discuss AI and Ethics

The inaugural MIT AI Policy Congress recently convened in Massachusetts, bringing together leading researchers, industry insiders, and policy experts for a series of discussions about the future of artificial intelligence. Hosted by MIT’s Internet Policy Research Initiative (IPRI) and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the conversation stressed the importance of collaboration and…

Chicago Judge Dismisses BIPA Case Over Lack of ‘Concrete Injuries’

Chicago Judge Dismisses BIPA Case Over Lack of ‘Concrete Injuries’

A lawsuit against Google based on the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act, or BIPA, has been dismissed by a district court judge – but that doesn’t mean the case is closed for good. The case was launched in 2016 by a woman who unwittingly had her imaged captured by a Google Photos user in 11…

D-ID Officially Launches Facial Recognition Jamming Solution

D-ID Officially Launches Facial Recognition Jamming Solution

Tel Aviv-based D-ID has officially launched its facial recognition-jamming technology, after showcasing it to attendees of last week’s TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco 2018 event. The company’s image processing technology is designed to alter images in subtle ways that will disrupt scanning attempts by facial recognition software, while ensuring the images are still recognizable to human eyes.…

Government Biometrics Month: The Primer

Government Biometrics Month: The Primer

The government sector has long been a key driver – if not the key driver – of the biometrics market. But with biometric technologies having advanced by leaps and bounds over the last few years, the applications and deployments that are taking place now are more exciting than ever. This is all going to get…

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