Privacy

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…

K(NO)W Identity Conference: Decentralizing Digital Identity

K(NO)W Identity Conference: Decentralizing Digital Identity

The inaugural K(NO)W Identity Conference is currently underway in Washington, DC, and FindBiometrics is there in person at this great meeting of the leading minds in global identity technology. K(NO)W is unique as a trade show, operating on a high conceptual level rather than drilling down into a specific vertical where digital identity is used.…

K(NO)W Identity Conference Day 1: Snowden Offers Identity Advice To Startups

K(NO)W Identity Conference Day 1: Snowden Offers Identity Advice To Startups

FindBiometrics is in Washington this week for the inaugural K(NO)W Identity Conference. Day one started off with an incredibly high profile opening presentation, a conversation between Manoush Zomorodi, host and managing editor of the Note to Self podcast, and former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, who joined the stage remotely from Russia. Zomorodi interviewed Snowden for nearly…

INTERVIEW: Travis Jarae, CEO, One World Identity

INTERVIEW: Travis Jarae, CEO, One World Identity

FindBiometrics president Peter O’Neill recently spoke with Travis Jarae, CEO of One World Identity (OWI). The conversation begins with a look at the organization’s Google-based origins before delving into what to expect at OWI’s inaugural K(NO)W Identity Conference, it’s potentially controversial headlining keynote speaker, and how discussions of privacy will be handled at the groundbreaking…

UIDAI Seeks to Reassure Public of Security of Aadhaar After Misuse Discovery

UIDAI Seeks to Reassure Public of Security of Aadhaar After Misuse Discovery

Having launched criminal investigation against multiple organizations for misuse of Aadhaar a couple of weeks ago, the Unique Identification Authority of India is now seeking to reassure the public that the incident did not involve a breach of the national ID program’s biometic data. The case of misuse involved Axis Bank and its business partners Suvidhaa Infoserve…

Montana Legislation Emulates Illinois Biometrics Law That Brought Google, Facebook Lawsuits

Montana Legislation Emulates Illinois Biometrics Law That Brought Google, Facebook Lawsuits

Legislators in Montana are considering a new bill that would establish new regulations around biometric data in the state, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation is throwing its support behind it. House Bill 518 would require companies to obtain written consent before collecting biometric information from individuals, to store it securely, and to destroy it when…

Compelled Fingerprint Unlock Violates Fifth Amendment: Federal Court

Compelled Fingerprint Unlock Violates Fifth Amendment: Federal Court

“It should be a welcome ruling from the perspective of privacy advocates like the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which decried a similar police effort in California last autumn.” Police cannot walk into a building and order everyone inside to unlock their iPhones via fingerprint scan, an Illinois federal court has ruled. The case arose from police…

Fifth Amendment Doesn’t Apply to Fingerprint Security: Minnesota Court of Appeals

Fifth Amendment Doesn’t Apply to Fingerprint Security: Minnesota Court of Appeals

The Minnesota Court of Appeals has produced another wrinkle in the contentious matter of privacy rights with respect to biometrically locked mobile devices. The court recently denied an appeal from a convicted burglar who had tried to argue that a court order compelling him to unlock his phone for police via fingerprint scan had violated his Fifth…

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