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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…

INTERVIEW: Duane Blackburn on Biometrics and Government at FedID 2018

INTERVIEW: Duane Blackburn on Biometrics and Government at FedID 2018

Every September the biometrics industry converges on the Federal Identity Forum & Exposition, otherwise known as FedID—the key identity technology conference for the federal government. After a year in Washington, DC, the conference has returned to Tampa, Florida for a week of high-level thought leadership, education and networking catered to the biometrics, government and identity…

BRIEF: The Flip Side of the Biometric Facial Recognition Debate

BRIEF: The Flip Side of the Biometric Facial Recognition Debate

Facial recognition has been a hot topic for a long time now. But with technological advances now pushing the technology into the public sphere more than ever, it has started to attract even more heat in the form of controversy. Police use of the technology in particular has become the subject of a contentious debate…

App Platform Uses Blockchain, Biometrics to Protect User Privacy – and Monetize It

App Platform Uses Blockchain, Biometrics to Protect User Privacy – and Monetize It

A new startup is looking to blockchain and biometrics to enable decentralized app development. Called iTrue Limited, the Hong Kong-based firm is taking the Nuggets approach to user data. Like the Nuggets platform, iTrue incentivizes users to share their personal data by rewarding them for doing so with its ITU cryptocurrency tokens. But they can…

Microsoft President Delves Into Facial Recognition Ethics

Microsoft President Delves Into Facial Recognition Ethics

As controversy over the public use of facial recognition continues, Microsoft is following Google’s lead in laying out its approach to the ethics of the technology in a new blog post by the company’s President, Brad Smith. It’s a far less concise and straightforward accounting than the one laid out by Google CEO Sundar Prichai,…

Orlando Police to Proceed with Rekognition Testing

Orlando Police to Proceed with Rekognition Testing

“In its memo, the OPD said that the next trial would operate similarly to the first, in which seven police officers volunteered to have their faces scanned by the system.” The Orlando Police Department will continue to test facial recognition technology from Amazon despite the recent outcry from privacy and civil rights advocates over the…

Illinois Supreme Court Weighs Whether to ‘Defang’ Biometrics Law

Illinois Supreme Court Weighs Whether to ‘Defang’ Biometrics Law

“Essentially, the court will decide whether the law should concern the unauthorized collection of biometric data alone, or whether alleged victims of malfeasance should have to prove that they have actually been somehow injured or wronged through the collection of such data.” The Illinois Supreme Court is poised to make a major ruling on how…

INTERVIEW: BioCatch Chief Strategy & Marketing Officer Frances Zelazny at Money20/20 Europe [AUDIO]

INTERVIEW: BioCatch Chief Strategy & Marketing Officer Frances Zelazny at Money20/20 Europe [AUDIO]

As a behavioral biometrics company, BioCatch focuses on preventing fraud while providing online and mobile users frictionless experiences. Being able to recognize human and non-human users through behavioral biometric profiles, identifying stolen and synthetic identity has been the company’s major focus, and with  behavioral biometrics taking a place center stage BioCatch Chief Strategy & Marketing…

Suprema to Highlight GDPR Compliance of Access Control Solution at IFSEC 2018

Suprema to Highlight GDPR Compliance of Access Control Solution at IFSEC 2018

Suprema is planning to show off its latest access control solution at the upcoming IFSEC 2018 security exhibition, and is going to put GDPR compliance in the spotlight. In announcing its plans, the company didn’t name the access control solution in question, but it did highlight several security features that will help to ensure that…

Facebook Granted Delay in Biometric Privacy Trial

Facebook Granted Delay in Biometric Privacy Trial

Facebook’s legal team made a Hail Mary last week to delay its biometric class action lawsuit, and it has now scored a touchdown: A panel of judges on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has agreed to review whether the lawsuit really should qualify for class action status. The decision essentially pauses the judicial proceedings…

BRIEF: The Ongoing Ascent of Biometric Surveillance

BRIEF: The Ongoing Ascent of Biometric Surveillance

For good or for ill, governments around the world have sought to track citizens and non-citizens alike throughout history. And for good or ill, biometric technology has emerged to make such surveillance easier and more effective. Particularly over the last several years, with the advent of facial recognition that can scan hours and hours of…

UIDAI Seeks to Assuage Aadhaar Discrimination, Privacy Concerns Before Supreme Court

UIDAI Seeks to Assuage Aadhaar Discrimination, Privacy Concerns Before Supreme Court

“…the UIDAI insists that the Aadhaar ID program does not require data concerning ethnicity, religion, or caste, ensuring that such factors cannot be used for discriminatory purposes.” The Unique Identification Authority of India is clarifying how the Aadhaar national biometric ID program it manages uses citizens’ data for the country’s Supreme Court. The UIDAI is…

Class Action Lawsuit Over Facebook Biometrics to Proceed

Class Action Lawsuit Over Facebook Biometrics to Proceed

Facebook is going to have to face a class action lawsuit over the alleged misuse of its facial recognition technology, a US District judge has ruled. The legal challenge is years old at this point, having taken shape in the spring of 2015. It revolves around Facebook’s ‘tag suggestions’ feature, which uses face biometrics to…

CBP Commissioner Clarifies Biometric Screening Issues to Concerned Senators

CBP Commissioner Clarifies Biometric Screening Issues to Concerned Senators

The Acting Commissioner of the US Customs and Border Protection agency has taken the opportunity of a concerned inquiry from two US senators to clarify the CBP’s actions with respect to biometric border screening. The letter, co-signed by Democrat Edward Markey and Republican Mike Lee, was framed as a request for further information as the…

D-ID Gets $4 Million Seed Money To Fool Facial Recognition Technology

D-ID Gets $4 Million Seed Money To Fool Facial Recognition Technology

The startup company D-ID which got it footing from Y Combinator S17,  recently announced it successfully raised $4 million in a Seed Round led by Pitango Venture Capital with participation from Y Combinator, Foundation Capital, Fenox Venture Capital, Maverick Ventures, and to angel investors. The technology, D-ID (which stands for de-identification), produces images which are…

Google’s Art App Illuminates Legal Fog Over Biometric Privacy

Google’s Art App Illuminates Legal Fog Over Biometric Privacy

Everybody’s talking about the Google Arts & Culture app, which matches users’ faces to those depicted in paintings collected in Google’s Arts & Culture online museum. By tapping into the heart of our culture’s zeitgeist – vanity – the app has generated enthusiasm verging on the collective embrace of Pokemon Go a couple of years…

New Mobile ID App Yoti Emphasizes User Privacy

New Mobile ID App Yoti Emphasizes User Privacy

A UK firm has launched a new mobile ID app that places a strong emphasis on user privacy. The Yoti app is designed to first confirm users with a selfie and a photo of a driver’s license or a passport. From there, additional personal details can be loaded to the app such as phone number,…

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”,…

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