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Fashion Designs Aimed at Overwhelming Facial Recognition Systems

Fashion Designs Aimed at Overwhelming Facial Recognition Systems

Presenting at the most recent Chaos Communications Congress in Hamburg, artist Adam Harvey unveiled fashion designs aimed at confusing and thwarting facial recognition technology. Developed in collaboration with Hyphen-Labs, the designs incorporate abstract graphics aimed at tricking facial recognition systems into interpreting them as multiple faces images. Harvey’s aim is to overwhelm facial recognition systems…

Moscow-Made Software Can Track Down Faces on Twitter

Moscow-Made Software Can Track Down Faces on Twitter

NTechLab, the Moscow-based team behind an app that can search Russia’s version of Facebook to find particular faces, has turned its attention to Twitter. A new version of its FindFace app launched Friday with the capability of tracking down an individual’s face among 300 million Twitter accounts in under one second. Twitter has already responded indicating…

News Roundup: Meet Us At Money20/20

News Roundup: Meet Us At Money20/20

Last week at FindBiometrics we previewed what to expect at this week’s massive FinTech show, Money20/20. Meanwhile, the headlines were filled with fingerprint biometrics integrations, mobile eye-scanning technology, and even some controversy regarding biometrics and privacy. Here’s a look back on last week’s top biometrics news stories. Preparing For Money20/20 This week we are in…

Privacy Advocates Fight for Release of Police Records on Biometrics

Privacy Advocates Fight for Release of Police Records on Biometrics

Privacy rights advocates are battling the Hennepin County Sheriff Office in court over records pertaining to police authorities’ use of biometric identification technology. It’s the result of an Electronic Frontier Foundation campaign to help concerned citizens file information requests from local government and law enforcement agencies. One participant, Tony Webster, sent such a request to…

Half of All Americans Targeted in Police Use of Facial Recognition: Report

Half of All Americans Targeted in Police Use of Facial Recognition: Report

Law enforcement authorities’ use of facial recognition technology is putting half of Americans into a “perpetual lineup” of potential criminals, according to a new study from Georgetown Law’s Center on Privacy and Technology. The study suggests that excessive use of the technology is violating numerous Americans’ civil rights. It’s the product of a year-long investigation based…

Biometric Phone Unlock Search Warrant is ‘Audacious Abuse of Power’

Biometric Phone Unlock Search Warrant is ‘Audacious Abuse of Power’

Police in Lancaster, California, sought a warrant to force all individuals at a specific premises to unlock their phones via fingerprint scan. More surprisingly, the warrant was granted, by Central District of California attorney Eileen Decker. It isn’t clear if the warrant was actually used, but its scope is remarkable. While police search warrants are…

Lock Screens Could Reveal More Notifications Based on Biometrics

Lock Screens Could Reveal More Notifications Based on Biometrics

Microsoft has filed a patent application for a system that would use biometrics to adjust how much personal information is displayed on a device’s lock screen, reports MSPowerUser. At the moment, most mobile operating systems let users tailor what kinds of information can be displayed on the lock screen – for example, whether text messages can…

Here’s What To Expect From Samsung SDS America’s Big Biometrics Webinar

Here’s What To Expect From Samsung SDS America’s Big Biometrics Webinar

Financial services is the big use case for biometrics right now, and on November 2, 2016, Samsung SDS America, in concert with Mobile ID World, will be presenting a webinar event aimed at addressing lingering concerns regarding strong authentication in today’s financial markets: FinServ in the New Age of Identity: Addressing Your Biometrics Concerns. – Register Now…

Apple Walks the Walk on Privacy, Stumbles

Apple Walks the Walk on Privacy, Stumbles

With its latest iOS update, Apple continues to position itself as a privacy leader, though it isn’t doing so in an entirely sure-footed way. As the Electronic Frontier Foundation reports, Apple is ostensibly taking a couple of steps in the right direction, the surest of which being its approach to face and object recognition for…

Touch ID Can Now Protect Incognito Google Searches on iOS

Touch ID Can Now Protect Incognito Google Searches on iOS

Google is bringing its Incognito search function to its iOS app, and is adding biometric security to the mix. Incognito search is already available on the Google Chrome app, letting users browse the web in a way that doesn’t tie their searches to their accounts, allowing for a certain measure of privacy. Now, that same…

Biometrics Expert Helps Police Spoof Fingerprints for Smartphone Access

Biometrics Expert Helps Police Spoof Fingerprints for Smartphone Access

Police in the US have successfully spoofed a murder victim’s fingerprints in order to gain access to his smartphone. It’s result of a collaboration recently initiated with Michigan State University biometrics researcher Dr. Anil Jain, one of the world’s most well-respected biometrics experts. Police believed that the murder victim’s Samsung Galaxy S6 may contain clues…

Unsealed Documents Illustrate Biometric Password Legal Tension

Unsealed Documents Illustrate Biometric Password Legal Tension

A federal judge ordered an accused pimp to unlock his iPhone via Touch ID fingerprint scan in 2013, unsealed court documents reveal. As 9to5Mac reports, this is only the second known federal case in which a suspect has been ordered to unlock a device via fingerprint scan, an order that some warn could be unconstitutional,…

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…

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