Privacy

T-Systems to Act as ‘Data Trustee’ for BioID Web Service

T-Systems to Act as ‘Data Trustee’ for BioID Web Service

BioID has entered into an agreement with Deutsche Telekom to host its BioID Web Service platform in DT subsidiary T-Systems’ data center. It’s part of an effort to ensure compliance with the European Union’s impending General Data Protection Regulation. In a statement announcing the deal, BioID explained that T-Systems is acting as a “data trustee”,…

Apple Responds To Senator Franken’s Face ID Privacy Concerns

Apple Responds To Senator Franken’s Face ID Privacy Concerns

The forthcoming iPhone X’s Face ID facial recognition system will store a user’s biometric template in a Secure Enclave, and will never share that data with third-party apps, or even Apple itself. That’s one of the key takeaways from Apple’s response to a list of ten questions publicly posed by Senator Al Franken, the head Democrat…

Senate Committee Approves Legislation to Expand Biometric Airport Screening

Senate Committee Approves Legislation to Expand Biometric Airport Screening

The Senate Commerce Committee has approved the TSA Modernization Act, a bill recently introduced to the Senate that is aimed at expanding the Transportation Security Administration’s and the Customs and Border Protection agency’s use of biometric screening at various border checkpoints in the US. The legislation arrives as the CBP has been expanding a biometric border…

Australian Government Pushes for Mass Biometric Surveillance of Citizens

Australian Government Pushes for Mass Biometric Surveillance of Citizens

“The aim is to enable police and security authorities to quickly identify almost any citizen in public using facial recognition technologies.” Australia’s political leadership is looking to incorporate all of the country’s state-issued driver license photos into a federal database for the purposes of biometric identification, specifically with respect to combating terrorism. Prime Minister Malcolm…

Education is Critical! 3 Essential Takeaways From ‘Biometric Governments In Practice’

Education is Critical! 3 Essential Takeaways From ‘Biometric Governments In Practice’

“The discussion in Biometric Governments in Practice helped set the bar for industry dialogue moving forward, not just in government sector identity management, but the industry at large in terms of privacy, education, and the shift toward convenient user experience as a market driver.” Last Wednesday FindBiometrics brought Government Applications Month to a close with…

Government Applications Month: 3 Biometric ID Programs in Practice

Government Applications Month: 3 Biometric ID Programs in Practice

All over the world national governments are turning to biometrics for civil ID. Successful large scale implementations of biometrics-based national ID are emboldening countries – from the Philippines to France – to register their citizens for reasons as far ranging as naked payments and financial inclusion, to digital democracy and national security. This week, for…

FIDO Argues Against Allowing Screen Scraping in PSD2 Regulations

FIDO Argues Against Allowing Screen Scraping in PSD2 Regulations

As the European Commission and the European Banking Authority consider the issue of screen scraping in the Payment Services Directive 2 (PSD2) regulations, the FIDO Alliance is arguing against the practice. Screen scraping refers to the practice of allowing third parties to access users’ bank accounts using their username and password credentials. The EBA had…

Government Applications Month: The Primer

Government Applications Month: The Primer

September is Government Applications Month at FindBiometrics, during which we are placing a featured focus on the identity management and strong authentication technologies that keep modern society secure, convenient, and safe. From military ID and physical access control, to border security, law enforcement and next-gen voting, biometric technology has become a key component of the…

Aadhaar in Question as Indian Supreme Court Rules Privacy a Fundamental Right

Aadhaar in Question as Indian Supreme Court Rules Privacy a Fundamental Right

India’s Supreme Court has ruled that privacy is a fundamental right of Indian citizens. The decision was made unanimously by a nine-person bench of judges. The ruling could substantially impact Aadhaar, India’s national biometric ID program, but it isn’t yet clear how. In hearings ahead of the ruling, some Supreme Court judges hinted that privacy…

Rebranded UK Gov’t Advisory Body to Consider Biometrics Ethics

Rebranded UK Gov’t Advisory Body to Consider Biometrics Ethics

The UK’s National DNA Database Ethics Group has been renamed the Biometrics and Forensics Ethics Group (BFEG), and will have an expanded focus. The organization is a public agency charged with advising the Home Office, the government agency responsible for security, law, and immigration. Its rebrand is the result of a Triennial Review of Home…

ACLU Fears Mission Creep, Racial Prejudice in Biometric Airport Screening

ACLU Fears Mission Creep, Racial Prejudice in Biometric Airport Screening

The American Civil Liberties Union is laying out its objections to the US government’s increasing use of facial recognition at airports in a new blog post by policy analyst Jay Stanley. Titled “What’s Wrong With Airport Face Recognition”, the post comes in the wake of the Department of Homeland Security’s discussion last week with privacy…

FBI Moves Ahead with NGI Privacy Act Exemption

FBI Moves Ahead with NGI Privacy Act Exemption

The FBI has followed through on its plan to exempt its Next Generation Identification system from the Privacy Act. Effective August 31st, 2017, the FBI is no longer bound by the requirement to acknowledge whether it is holding an individual’s biometric records. The NGI system is widely used by law enforcement and security authorities to…

Indian Supreme Court Hints That Privacy Ruling Will Protect Aadhaar

Indian Supreme Court Hints That Privacy Ruling Will Protect Aadhaar

India’s Supreme Court is hinting that it will not rule that privacy is a fundamental and absolute right when it delivers its verdict on the matter. The case was launched by critics of Aadhaar, India’s pioneering national biometric ID program. With its capability of using fingerprint and iris biometrics to verify citizens’ identities, the program…

CBP Begins Talks with Privacy Advocates on Biometric Border Screening

CBP Begins Talks with Privacy Advocates on Biometric Border Screening

The US Customs and Border Protection agency met with privacy advocates this week to discuss its expanding program of biometric border screening at US airports. In announcing the talks, the CBP asserted that it held them with the Department of Homeland Security and “representatives from the privacy community”, though it did not name the specific…

Berlin Trial of Biometric CCTV Surveillance Raises Questions

Berlin Trial of Biometric CCTV Surveillance Raises Questions

German officials have begun testing facial recognition technology at Berlin’s Südkreuz train station. The aim is to determine whether implementing the biometric identification technology with CCTV cameras could help to boost security, particularly with respect to preventing terrorism, by identifying suspects automatically as they pass through the station. The trial has attracted about 300 volunteers, who…

Indian Supreme Court Faces Thorny Privacy Question Over Aadhaar

Indian Supreme Court Faces Thorny Privacy Question Over Aadhaar

India’s Supreme Court has entered hearings on a case that will determine whether citizens have a fundamental right to privacy. The case was launched in response to the expansion of Aadhaar, India’s pioneering biometric national ID program. Like any other national ID, Aadhaar includes key biographic data, but it also adds fingerprint and iris biometrics,…

Minnesota Supreme Court May Force Police to Release Biometrics Emails

Minnesota Supreme Court May Force Police to Release Biometrics Emails

A sheriff’s office in Minnesota may be compelled to publicly disclose how it uses biometric technology, depending on the outcome of a case before the state’s Supreme Court. The suit was first filed by Tony Webster, a web developer and researcher, in 2015, and is backed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation and a MuckRock campaign,…

Vermont DMV Has Been Performing Illegal Biometric Searches for Police: ACLU

Vermont DMV Has Been Performing Illegal Biometric Searches for Police: ACLU

Vermont’s DMV has been using facial recognition technology to search through its database of driver license holders at the behest of police authorities at all levels of government, says the ACLU. The civil liberties organization says it discovered the practice through internal DMV documents it was able to obtain, and is now calling for its…

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