22 Feb 2022

IRS will let taxpayers opt out of ID.me facial recognition with a live interview

After recent news that the IRS would mandate ID.me facial recognition security to access taxpayer accounts, the IRS decided that US taxpayers who do not want to submit biometric data will instead sign up for a live, virtual interview to create an account. According to the agency, the new authentication

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08 Feb 2022

IRS To Ditch Biometric Requirement for Online Access

Earlier this week, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) stated that it would be transitioning away from requiring biometric data from taxpayers who seek to access their records via the agency’s website. The decision to reverse the former policies comes as privacy experts and lawmakers have voiced concerns over the federal

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02 Sep 2021

The Taliban Reportedly Have Control of US Biometric Devices

Alarming reports have emerged that indicate the Taliban has access to biometric data collected by the US to track Afghans, including those who worked for US and coalition forces. The insurgents could not only potentially access the data, but they also have obtained access to some biometric devices as well.

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12 Jul 2021

Bill Would Ban Facial Recognition in Public Housing

Last Wednesday, Legislation introduced in the House could effectively prohibit the use of facial recognition and biometric technology in both public and assisted housing units that are funded under the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The new bill, introduced by three democratic Representatives, addressed several of the risks that

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23 Jun 2021

Six Flags to Pay $36M Over Collection of Fingerprints

Theme park operator Six Flags has agreed to pay a $36 million settlement over a class-action lawsuit in which the Illinois Supreme Court ultimately ruled against the company’s practice of scanning fingerprints when customers enter amusement parks. The theme park operator has allegedly been collecting the biometric data, violating the

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11 May 2021

DHS Drops Proposal to Expand Immigration-Related Biometrics Collection

The Department of Homeland Security has withdrawn a proposal that was introduced within the last few months of the Trump administration that would have expanded the collection to biometric data relating to immigration. The rule was first published in the Federal Register on September 11, and would have removed age

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05 Apr 2021

Army Wants to Automate Base Access With Facial Recognition at Drive-Thru Checkpoints

The Army is currently developing a new biometric camera system that will allow for more thorough checks at base entrances, affirming that the people entering and exiting the facility are who they say they are. The Army has issued a call on its Small Business Innovation Research, looking to form

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25 Feb 2021

Army Outfits Paratroopers with Wearables to Gauge Stress

A new US military initiative has Alaska-based Army paratroopers sporting wearables that collect biometric data. The program aims to detect soldiers’ stress levels and how they operate in extreme environments and high pressure. The project is in collaboration with the University of Queensland, according to a recent press release. A

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04 Feb 2021

Clearview Facial-Recognition Technology Ruled Illegal in Canada

This week, Canadian authorities ruled that the use of facial recognition technology from Clearview is prohibited due to violations of federal and provincial privacy laws. Clearview has received backlash from the security industry for its controversial practice of harvesting faceprints from the internet and selling them. The company could feel

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02 Feb 2021

Greek Police to Introduce Live Facial Recognition

In Greece, law enforcement officers will receive new devices allowing them to carry out facial recognition and fingerprint identification in real-time. The live facial recognition technology is part of a 4.5 million euro smart policing project that was announced in 2017. The goal of this initiative is to identify and

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