Privacy

Growing Demand for App That Matches Pics to Social Profiles

Growing Demand for App That Matches Pics to Social Profiles

A Russian app that searches a popular social networking site to match faces to smartphone photos is proving increasingly popular in its home country. Called FindFace, the app was recently highlighted in an art project that used it to match pictures of Moscow subway riders to their profiles on the VKontakte social network. It’s based on…

Shutterfly Settles Biometrics Privacy Case

Shutterfly Settles Biometrics Privacy Case

Shutterfly has come to terms with an Illinois man who had filed a lawsuit against the company’s use of biometric identification with respect to his person. The plaintiff argued that Shutterfly’s use of biometric identification on his image, which was uploaded to the site by a third party, violated his privacy rights as he had…

WATCH: Industry Experts Discuss the Future of Mobile Biometrics

WATCH: Industry Experts Discuss the Future of Mobile Biometrics

Today marked the occasion of our exclusive webinar event Mobile Revolution 2.0: Biometrics, Smartphones, IoT, which brought together an expert panel to discuss the current outlook on the mobile biometrics industry. The webcast begins with Acuity Market Intelligence principal Maxine Most presenting her latest findings pertaining to mobility, biometrics and identity. Most then joined co-panelists…

Indian Gov’t Seeks to Open Aadhaar Data to Security Agencies

Indian Gov’t Seeks to Open Aadhaar Data to Security Agencies

India’s ruling government is attempting to pass legislation that will leverage the data associated with its Aadhaar program for security purposes. Aadhaar is, of course, the country’s national citizen ID program, which has now collected the biographic and biometric data of nearly a billion citizens. The program’s initial aim was to make the distribution of…

UK Report Sheds Light on Authorities’ Management of Biometric Evidence

UK Report Sheds Light on Authorities’ Management of Biometric Evidence

A new report from Britain’s Commissioner for the Retention and Use of Biometric Material has shed light on UK authorities’ collection of biometric evidence, and raised some eyebrows. The report revealed that a national counter-terrorism database contains biometric data—DNA and fingerprint samples—of about 7,800 persons. It also illustrated the effects of 2012 legislation requiring the…

Google the Latest to Run Up Against Illinois Biometrics Law

Google the Latest to Run Up Against Illinois Biometrics Law

Google has now fallen into the same legal trap that ensnared Facebook and Shutterfly. The company now faces a lawsuit over alleged violations of Illinois legislation covering biometrics and privacy. The lawsuit pertains to Google’s use of facial recognition with its Google Photos app. A Chicago resident claims that a user took multiple photos of…

Scottish Gov’t Won’t Fund Facial Recognition Plan for Soccer Stadiums

Scottish Gov’t Won’t Fund Facial Recognition Plan for Soccer Stadiums

The Scottish Government says it will not finance a facial recognition system for soccer stadiums. It’s a blow to plans first announced last month, when the Scottish Professional Football League put forward the idea as a security measure in the wake of unruly fan behavior; the idea would be to use it to automatically flag…

IBIA Calls for Privacy Shield Negotiators to Develop Strong, Clear System

IBIA Calls for Privacy Shield Negotiators to Develop Strong, Clear System

As US and EU Commission negotiators work to develop their Privacy Shield agreement on data transfer standards, the International Biometrics + Identity Association (IBIA) has issued a statement calling for a “strong, mutually beneficial, easily understood privacy system” that “will help kindle a sense of trust in matters requiring sharing of critically important data such as…

Biometrics Institute Issues Privacy Guidelines

Biometrics Institute Issues Privacy Guidelines

Keeping the momentum going from last week’s World Privacy Day, the Biometrics Institute has published a set of Biometrics Privacy Guidelines. The publication builds on the international non-profit’s Privacy Awareness Checklist. In a statement announcing the Biometrics Privacy Guidelines, Biometrics Institute Chief Executive Isabelle Moeller explained that it’s meant “to provide a guide for suppliers,…

Shodan Highlights Demand For IoT Authentication

Shodan Highlights Demand For IoT Authentication

A new web app is helping to highlight the major security dangers of the Internet of Things. Called Shodan, it’s essentially a search engine with hacking capabilities. It scans the internet for connected IoT devices with open ports and no authentication, then hooks up to them to provide live webcam feeds of everything from marijuana…

FIDO Issues New Privacy White Paper

FIDO Issues New Privacy White Paper

The FIDO Alliance has issued a new FIDO Privacy White Paper to mark this year’s Data Privacy Day. The publication explains how FIDO’s protocols and specifications help to protect user privacy; as the consortium put it in a synopsis, “there is no privacy with security.” FIDO points to recent research on data breaches indicating that…

Judge Sides With Facebook on Biometrics Issue

Judge Sides With Facebook on Biometrics Issue

Facebook has won an important lawsuit over its collection of biometric data. The case was brought forward by Illinois resident Frederick William Gullen, who cited state legislation requiring that companies obtain individuals’ consent before capturing their biometric data. Gullen’s image was uploaded to the site by a friend, who tagged his name to the picture,…

Biometrics Year in Review: The Role of Public Perception

Biometrics Year in Review: The Role of Public Perception

Last year was one of unprecedented visibility for biometric technology. With major innovations in mobility and consumer electronics bringing post-password tech to the masses, and with the increased international threat of terrorism once again spurring on the initiatives to biometrically secure borders, biometrics were among the mainstream topics of 2015. But with increased optics comes…

Shutterfly Biometrics Case to Proceed in Court

Shutterfly Biometrics Case to Proceed in Court

A federal judge has ruled that a court case against Shutterfly over its collection and storage of biometric data can proceed. It’s a blow to the photo sharing company, which had previously asked for a dismissal when the case was brought forward by a Chicago resident upset about Shutterfly software’s automatic identification of him, using facial recognition…

FTC Approves Facial Recognition for Online Parental Consent

FTC Approves Facial Recognition for Online Parental Consent

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has approved a biometric authentication system for the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule (COPPA), a piece of federal legislation detailing parental consent requirements for online operators, according to a new update from Lexology. The biometric system, first proposed by Jest8 Limited, revolves around facial recognition. To provide consent for…

INTERVIEW: Joe Rosenkrantz, CEO, FaceFirst

INTERVIEW: Joe Rosenkrantz, CEO, FaceFirst

FindBiometrics president Peter O’Neill recently had the chance to speak with Joe Rosenkantz, CEO of FaceFirst. The facial recognition company had an excellent 2015, and with the year coming to a close, O’Neill got the CEO’s perspective on what has been driving this success. The conversation spans a range of topics: biometrics in law enforcement and…

Future UAE Police Cars Will Scan Pedestrian Faces

Future UAE Police Cars Will Scan Pedestrian Faces

The United Arab Emirates’ Ministry of Interior is working on technology that could allow police cars to automatically scan the faces of pedestrians in search of wanted criminals. The system was demonstrated as a proof of concept at the Gitex Technology Week 2015 event in Dubai last week. It’s currently being tested and refined by…

INTERVIEW: MorphoTrak’s Celeste Thomasson and Steve Vinsik

INTERVIEW: MorphoTrak’s Celeste Thomasson and Steve Vinsik

Interview with Celeste Thomasson, President and CEO and Steve Vinsik, Vice President & General Manager, Criminal Justice and Public Security, MorphoTrak Recently, FindBiometrics president Peter O’Neill had the opportunity to speak with Celeste Thomasson, President and CEO of MorphoTrak (Safran), as well as Steve Vinsik, the company’s Vice President & General Manager of Criminal Justice and Public…

Facebook Requests Dismissal of Biometrics Lawsuit

Facebook Requests Dismissal of Biometrics Lawsuit

Facebook has filed a motion to have a potential class action lawsuit against the company dismissed. The lawsuit was filed over the company’s collection and storage of individuals’ facial biometric data. The company pursues these biometric activities in the service of its ‘tag suggestions’ feature, which is designed to automatically identify the faces of people…

MorphoTrust Security Extends to Production Process

MorphoTrust Security Extends to Production Process

MorphoTrust’s dedication to security extends beyond the sophistication of its technologies, with a new certification acknowledging the high security standards applied to the company’s production facilities as well. The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has given MorphoTrust USA (Safran) the ISO 14298 certification for its driver license production facilities, acknowledging the high-level security standards in…

Education Month: The Roundup

Education Month: The Roundup

August is quickly coming to a close and with it goes Education Month at FindBiometrics, a four week event in which we placed a special focus on biometrics in schools. In our featured articles section we examined the overall education sector based on recent news, delved into the controversy that can plague implementations of student…

FBI Goes On Record re: NGI Facial Recognition

FBI Goes On Record re: NGI Facial Recognition

The FBI is taking measures to mitigate potential backlash from citizens over its use of facial recognition technology. In a letter to the New York Times, FBI Science and Technology Branch’s executive assistant director Amy Hess clarifies how the Bureau’s Next Generation Identification system works, and why it is not the surveillance apparatus that some may…

FBI-DoD Research Center Aims to Advance Biometric Tech

FBI-DoD Research Center Aims to Advance Biometric Tech

The FBI has opened a new research center dedicated to biometric technology, and has high expectations for how it will help to advance the field. The Biometric Technology Center, or BTC, is on the Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) campus in West Virginia. The development is part of an ongoing partnership between the FBI’s Biometric…

Civil Rights Group Investigating Police Use of Biometric ID

Civil Rights Group Investigating Police Use of Biometric ID

A civil rights advocacy group is putting a spotlight on police use of biometric technology. The Electronic Frontier Foundation’s main line of inquiry revolves around public records requests, mostly with respect to the San Diego Police Department. In a blog post, EFF researcher Dave Maass explains that recent media stories about police using biometric recognition…

Education Month: The Kids Are Alright

Education Month: The Kids Are Alright

Controversy In The Classroom Few debates over biometrics get as heated as those that happen in the realm of education, and for good reason: children are the future after all, and they are the one of the only demographics that relies on other people to make consensual decisions on their behalf, which places a lot…

Facbook Brings Biometrics Lawsuits To California

Facbook Brings Biometrics Lawsuits To California

Facebook has maneuvered its legal conflicts over biometric data collection onto its home turf. This week the three class action lawsuits over its face tagging features were transferred from Illinois to California. The lawsuits were filed over alleged privacy violations stemming from Facebook’s collection of facial biometric data for use in its photo tagging features,…

Education Month: The Primer

Education Month: The Primer

It’s August, and in North America that means it’s back to school season, which for some students includes the daily use of biometric technology. Education is a huge area of application for biometrics all around the world. From attendance tracking for both teachers and students, to access control, to meal cards, strong authentication can serve…

Shutterfly Seeks Dismissal for Privacy Case

Shutterfly Seeks Dismissal for Privacy Case

A major biometrics lawsuit could soon be thrown out, if a federal judge in Illinois accepts Shutterfly’s argument. The online photo-sharing company is asking that the suit be dismissed as its collection of biometric data clearly does not violate state law. Of course, the judge could disagree. Illinois law essentially requires companies to obtain written…

GAO Report Raises Concerns About Facial Recognition

GAO Report Raises Concerns About Facial Recognition

America’s Government Accountability Office (GAO) has issued a new report urging the federal government to investigate privacy issues relating to the use of facial recognition technology. Announced by Senator Al Franken, who has long expressed concern about this technology, the report notes in a synopsis that “the current privacy framework in commercial settings warrants reconsideration.”…

Facebook Privacy Issues Are Part of Larger Trend

Facebook Privacy Issues Are Part of Larger Trend

Privacy advocates continue to sound warnings about Facebook’s collection of biometric data. The concerns have mostly been brought about by the social media company’s use of facial recognition technology on users. Speaking to Bloomberg, an attorney with privacy rights group Electronic Frontier Foundation pointed to the company’s lack of transparency about the practice as the key…

Invisible Biometrics Month: The Roundup

Invisible Biometrics Month: The Roundup

All throughout July at FindBiometrics we have been placing a special focus on biometrics so frictionless that they are considered virtually invisible to humans. Invisible Biometrics Month had us examine the frontiers of identity technology when it comes to convenience, visibility and inevitably privacy. Here’s a look back on the highlights of Invisible Biometrics Month:…

Facial Recognition Tech Goes to Church

Facial Recognition Tech Goes to Church

A new company is offering facial recognition technology to churches. Called Churchix, the organization is an offshoot of Israeli biometrics company Skakash, whose technology has been used in casinos, airports, and other security-conscious deployments. The technology is primarily being marketed as an administrative tool, allowing church officials to better analyze attendance. Those who attend church…

San Diego School District Cancels Biometric Login System

San Diego School District Cancels Biometric Login System

An initiative to have some students in San Diego schools log in to their school-issued iPads via facial recognition has been unceremoniously canceled. The Encinitas Union School District terminated the contract in late June. Initially, the idea was to have a single, easy-to-use authentication process for students using the iPads, since there had been issues…

OPM Data Breach Saw 1.1 Million Fingerprints Stolen

OPM Data Breach Saw 1.1 Million Fingerprints Stolen

Officials investigating the hacking of US Office of Personnel Management databases have concluded that the data stolen affects 21.5 million people. All victims’ Social Security numbers were stolen, and the fingerprint data of 1.1 million victims was also taken. It’s a security breach that mostly affects government workers, with 19.7 million affected individuals having had their…

Invisible Biometrics Month: Marketing Matters

Invisible Biometrics Month: Marketing Matters

One of the frontiers of invisible biometrics is the marketing space. Contextual information on key demographics is incredibly valuable in a connected world that is increasingly being filled with niches. Meanwhile, getting a new product in front of a target consumer is becoming increasingly difficult with subscription services like Netflix decimating the audience of broadcast…

Government Use of Facial Recognition Deepens in New York

Government Use of Facial Recognition Deepens in New York

Government use of facial recognition technology is on the rise in New York, and so far there has been little public discussion about it. One of the most impactful uses of the technology has been in the New York Police Department’s investigations. The NYPD has actually established its own facial identification unit, comprised of five…

Facebook’s Biometrics Can ID Obscured Faces

Facebook’s Biometrics Can ID Obscured Faces

Facebook continues to refine its biometric identification technology even as lawsuits threaten its real-world use. At the Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition conference earlier this month, Facebook officials showcased technology they were developing to identify individuals in photos in which their faces are obscured. Without access to the face biometrics, the system instead focuses on other…

Australian Academic Calls for Restriction of Online Biometrics

Australian Academic Calls for Restriction of Online Biometrics

An Australian academic specializing in telecommunications law has authored a new paper arguing for stricter privacy controls online with respect to the use of facial recognition technology. In an article published in the International Journal of Law and Information Technology, Niloufer Selvadurai suggests that a lack of laws regulating the use of this technology represents a…

CBP Takes Cautious Privacy Approach in Airport Screening

CBP Takes Cautious Privacy Approach in Airport Screening

The US government went to considerable lengths to minimize privacy concerns as it tested out a biometric airport screening program at the Dulles International Airport. Run by the Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection (CBP) department, working in conjunction with private contractor Unisys, the system was run through a pilot testing phase that…

News Roundup: Controversy Abound

News Roundup: Controversy Abound

Last week at FindBiometrics, as we continued our featured examination of biometrics in healthcare, we reported on a number of controversies. Banking solutions also made headlines as mobility and fingerprint biometrics solutions made up the majority of the week’s news. Here is a look back on the week that was in identity management: Banking Last week’s…

Facebook Keeps New Facial Recognition App Out of Europe

Facebook Keeps New Facial Recognition App Out of Europe

Facebook is keeping its new Moments app out of Europe due to legality concerns. The issues revolve around the app’s use of facial recognition technology, which could breach privacy regulations in the region. Using the DeepFace biometrics technology originally developed by face.com (which was acquired by Facebook a couple of years ago), Moments scans the…

Privacy Concerns Derail Biometrics Standards Group

Privacy Concerns Derail Biometrics Standards Group

A cross-industry working group tasked with developing a code of conduct for retailers and marketers interested in using facial recognition technology is breaking down over privacy concerns. The group was led by the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications & Information Association, and brought together not only marketers and merchants but also privacy advocates to try…

Canadian Gov’t Seeks to Expand Biometric Screening

Canadian Gov’t Seeks to Expand Biometric Screening

The Canadian government is seeking to expand the collection of visitors’ biometric data, and it’s raising some concerns about privacy. The changes have been introduced into a new omnibus budget bill. The government already takes face and fingerprint data for visitors from a number of countries. It also uses ePassports, has employed facial recognition technology…

DHS Tests Biometric Border Screening

DHS Tests Biometric Border Screening

America’s border control agency is testing out a new biometric screening system at the Washington Dulles International Airport, and it’s raising concerns about privacy. It’s the work of the Department of Homeland Security‘s U.S. Customs and Border Protection department. The biometric system relies on facial recognition technology, matching passengers’ faces to the images on their…

Police Scotland Admit to CCTV Facial Recognition Use

Police Scotland Admit to CCTV Facial Recognition Use

Police Scotland has confirmed that it’s using facial recognition technology with CCTV images to help investigations, according to a HeraldScotland article by Magnus Gardham. The disclosure is the result of a Freedom of Information request filed by Alison McInnes, a Scottish Liberal Democrats official. The FoI compelled Police Scotland to reveal the full extent of…

Australian Police Take More Steps Toward Biometric Borders

Australian Police Take More Steps Toward Biometric Borders

Australian law enforcement authorities are working together to put together to set up a national face biometrics database for border security, according to an iTnews article by Paris Cowan. Police ministers and Attorneys-General gathered in Canberra to hammer out a coordinated plan for the project. It’s just in a preliminary stage at the moment. According…

News Roundup: Balancing Convenience and Security

News Roundup: Balancing Convenience and Security

This past week at FindBiometrics we continued Physical Access Month with an exclusive webinar event: “Balancing Convenience and Security in Biometric Access Control”. Meanwhile, in the industry news section, controversy made the headlines as did plenty of encouraging news regarding the biometric markets. Here are the top stories of the past week: Physical Access Month…

Samsung Investigating Fingerprint Cloning Claims

Samsung Investigating Fingerprint Cloning Claims

Samsung says it’s looking into FireEye’s claims; and it’s worth noting that the Android 5.0 Lollipop OS does not features this vulnerability. Numerous Android mobile devices including Samsung’s Galaxy S5 have major security vulnerabilities allowing hackers to copy users’ fingerprints, according to security firm FireEye. As reported by Thomas Fox-Brewster in a Forbes article, FireEye…

New Iris Scanning System Can Authenticate At 40 Feet

New Iris Scanning System Can Authenticate At 40 Feet

Researchers at the CyLab Biometrics Center at Carnegie Mellon University have developed an iris recognition system capable of identifying individuals from 40 feet away, according to a Discovery News article by Glenn McDonald. The research team has demonstrated their system in a video depicting its potential application at a traffic stop. The system is actually…

Debate Continues Over Biometric Border Security in Australia

Debate Continues Over Biometric Border Security in Australia

In considering a bill that would expand authorities’ powers to collect biometric data, the Law Council of Australia is asking that the country’s Privacy Commissioner be allowed to assess it before it can be passed, according to a Computerworld article by Rohan Pearce. The Migration Amendment (Strengthening Biometrics Integrity) Bill 2015 is intended to broaden…

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