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News Roundup: Mobility, Biometrics, Controversy

News Roundup: Mobility, Biometrics, Controversy

This week at FindBiometrics we continued Mobile Month with a look at five major applications of biometric technology in mobility. Meanwhile the industry news was filled with facial recognition, controversy, new releases and some exciting solutions we’ll be seeing very soon. Here is how the past week shaped up in identity management: Mobility Matters Mobile…

Australia May Expand Police Fingerprinting Powers

Australia May Expand Police Fingerprinting Powers

South Australian Attorney-General, John Rau, is seeking to expand police powers with respect to fingerprint scanning, according to a Herald Sun article by Nigel Hunt. His proposed new legislation will allow police to demand on-the-spot fingerprint scans from citizens, with penalties for refusal including a fine of up to $1250 or a maximum of three…

Canadian Public Servants Fight Biometric Checks

Canadian Public Servants Fight Biometric Checks

Canada’s federal government is implementing new security screening protocols for its public servants that will include fingerprint collection in some cases, and the unions representing those workers are fighting back, according to a National Post article by Don Butler. The two main unions representing these workers, the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) and the…

NEC Bringing Behavioral Biometrics to Tokyo

NEC Bringing Behavioral Biometrics to Tokyo

Toshima Ward in Tokyo has signed a deal with NEC Corporation to have its Comprehensive Disaster Control System installed in the municipal district. The system will incorporate an advanced behavioral biometrics system to help monitor and manage crowd control. The system is unique in the behavioral biometrics world in the sense that it isn’t actually…

Biometric Attendance Tracking Comes to UAE Coffee Chain

Biometric Attendance Tracking Comes to UAE Coffee Chain

Korean biometrics and security tech company Suprema will be brining its biometric time and attendance tracking technology to a major coffee chain in the United Arab Emirates. The Caribou Coffee chain will see Suprema’s BioLite Net IP fingerprint terminals installed throughout 50 locations in the country. The move has been implemented primarily for the purpose…

San Francisco Workers Rally Against Biometric Tracking

San Francisco Workers Rally Against Biometric Tracking

Some city workers in San Francisco are protesting against the implementation of biometric attendance tracking systems in their workplaces, according to an article by Hannah Albarazi in The San Francisco Appeal. The workers are employees of the de Young and Legion of Honor museums. The workers organized a rally at city hall, and proceeded to…

Visa is Phasing Out Account Numbers

Visa is Phasing Out Account Numbers

Visa has announced that it’s phasing out the use of 16-digit account numbers in digital payments, opting instead to expand its new Visa Token Service. VTS essentially replaces the account number with a randomly-generated series of numbers for each transaction. It’s a more advanced form of security, as advocated by industry experts like the FIDO…

Internet of Things Poses Serious Threat to Privacy

Internet of Things Poses Serious Threat to Privacy

The Internet of Things poses a serious danger to privacy, writes Hamza Shaban in an article for The Verge. Reporting on the US Federal Trade Commission’s recent report, Shaban worries that the commission’s recommendations do not go far enough to protect consumers. Shaban’s main concern is not usual issue of potential government abuse of new…

Voice Month: The Place For Voiceprints

Voice Month: The Place For Voiceprints

The Sound of Your Voice Voice recognition is becoming an incredibly popular biometric authentication method thanks to the spread of connectivity and the gradual shift to a post-password paradigm. As we explored in last week’s Voice Month primer, voice recognition can serve a wide range of applications, seeing deployment in criminal ID, on cell phones…

Samsung To Users: Your New TV Is Listening

Samsung To Users: Your New TV Is Listening

Owners of new Samsung Smart TVs are being advised to avoid personal conversations near the TVs, according to an article in The Telegraph by Dan Hyde and Victoria Ward. The TV’s voice recognition software could pick up ambient speech and transmit it “to a third party”. The purpose of the TV’s voice recognition software is…

Police Mugshot Database Contains Images of “Innocent People”: BBC

Police Mugshot Database Contains Images of “Innocent People”: BBC

English and Welsh police have set up a facial recognition database containing images of individuals never charged with criminal offences and others who have been cleared of charges, according to a BBC Newsnight article by Nick Hopkins and Jake Morris. They report that an independent commissioner has warned that such images may number in the…

Year in Review 2014: The Most Important Biometrics News

Year in Review 2014: The Most Important Biometrics News

The end of January is here and it’s time to bring the 12th annual FindBiometrics Year in Review to a close. Over the past weeks we have dissected and discussed the results of our largest survey ever, which saw over 150 professionals and experts from the identity management industry weighing in on the state of…

Biometric Attendance-Tracking Met with Resistance from Air Canada Workers

Biometric Attendance-Tracking Met with Resistance from Air Canada Workers

Air Canada is getting some pushback from workers in the wake of its introduction of biometric attendance-tracking, according to a CJAD News report by Trudie Mason. The fingerprint scanners have been implemented at airports in Toronto, Halifax, and Montreal. The use of biometric attendance-tracking technology seems to be on the rise, appearing everywhere from a community…

Proposed State Legislation May Limit Drone Facial Recognition Use

Proposed State Legislation May Limit Drone Facial Recognition Use

A Colorado bill will limit the used of facial recognition by drones if it passes into law. Senate Bill 15-059 concerns the permission for law enforcement entities to use unmanned aerial vehicles in certain specific circumstances and under a strict set of operational guidelines. In addition to limiting the maximum weight of a UAV ,…

Year in Review 2014: The Biggest Challenges in Biometrics

Year in Review 2014: The Biggest Challenges in Biometrics

Tweet: Have you seen the #NewFindBiometrics ? The site that you depend on for all your #biometric news has a fresh new look! Check it out now http://ctt.ec/vKauZ+ #Biometrics Throughout January at FindBiometrics, we are dissecting the results of our 12th annual industry Year in Review survey. The data, gathered from over 150 professionals and…

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