Privacy

Police Seek Biometrics Researcher’s Help To Unlock Murder Victim’s Phone

Police Seek Biometrics Researcher’s Help To Unlock Murder Victim’s Phone

Police have reached out to an academic researcher to help them unlock a murder victim’s smartphone via fingerprint scan, believing that the device may contain clues about who killed him. As for the identity of the academic, it’s none other than Michigan State University’s Dr. Anil Jain, whose biometric technology has been licensed by NEC Corporation…

Mid-Year Update Shows Realization of Predicted Trends for 2016: HID Global

Mid-Year Update Shows Realization of Predicted Trends for 2016: HID Global

HID Global is offering a mid-year update to the 2016 trends the company predicted at the start of the year. Looking at its first prediction—the continuing ‘mobilizing’ of security—the company says there is growing demand for mobile security options. As a recent example, HID Global points to its CityPoint office building deployment in London, which…

FBI ‘Pilot Project’ Has Collected 434,000 Iris Scans

FBI ‘Pilot Project’ Has Collected 434,000 Iris Scans

The FBI has been running a secret iris scanning program, according to a new report from The Verge. Officially designated a pilot program, it has largely escaped substantial oversight and public knowledge. It began in 2013 as a close collaboration between the federal law enforcement agency and the California Department of Justice, envisioned as a…

Administrator Insists DMV Won’t Share Biometric Data with FBI

Administrator Insists DMV Won’t Share Biometric Data with FBI

Officials with the Rhode Island Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) are insisting that the organizations is not in talks to share driver data with the FBI, reports the Providence Journal. It’s a response to alarms raised by the American Civil Liberties Union, whose local director asked the Rhode Island DMV Administrator if the organization was…

Civil Liberties Groups Object to NGI Exemption From Privacy Act

Civil Liberties Groups Object to NGI Exemption From Privacy Act

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has officially filed its comments to the FBI on its request to exempt its biometric Next Generation Identification (NGI) program from certain provisions of America’s national Privacy Act. The EFF has some objections. In a post on its NGI exemption comments, the civil liberties advocacy group says the NGI has been…

IBIA Supports NTIA’s Best Practices for Facial Recognition

IBIA Supports NTIA’s Best Practices for Facial Recognition

The International Biometrics + Identity Association (IBIA) is throwing its support behind the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s “Privacy Best Practice Recommendations For Commercial Facial Recognition Use”. The guidelines were published just last week. While the potential applications and use cases of facial recognition technology are too varied for highly specific best practices, the NTIA document…

GAO Report Sheds Light on FBI’s Secret Biometric Program

GAO Report Sheds Light on FBI’s Secret Biometric Program

The FBI has developed a powerful biometric identification system without proper oversight, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). The report has revealed the FBI’s FACE—Facial Analysis, Comparison, and Evaluation—program, a facial recognition system that scans images obtained from civilian databases. FACE has access to over 411.9 million images collected from…

Privacy Advocates Defeat Bill Challenging Biometrics Regulation

Privacy Advocates Defeat Bill Challenging Biometrics Regulation

Privacy advocates are warning about the dangers posed by unregulated use of biometric technology in the wake of recent legal maneuvering in the US government. Just ahead of the Memorial Day weekend, a bill was introduced into the Illinois General Assembly aimed at altering the Illinois Biometric Privacy Act so that its provisions would only apply…

European Parliament Raises Concerns Over Data Privacy Agreement with US

European Parliament Raises Concerns Over Data Privacy Agreement with US

Members of the European Parliament are calling for improvements to the proposed Privacy Shield agreement governing data transfers between the EU and the US. MEPs recently voted 501-119 (with 31 abstentions) in favor of a non-binding resolution urging that deficiencies revolving around privacy and redress issues be remedied. More specifically, the MEPs feel that the current…

How Hundreds of Terror Suspects’ Biometric Profiles Were Deleted

How Hundreds of Terror Suspects’ Biometric Profiles Were Deleted

A new report from the UK’s Biometrics Commissioner is highlighting the complexities of managing biometric data. In the particular case of Alastair MacGregor QC’s investigation, it has become apparent that the records of hundreds of individuals suspected to be terrorists  have been deleted, due in large part to technical issues. Current legislation requires that biometric data collected…

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…

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