07 Aug 2020

TSA’s Looking to Rapidly Verify Passengers Without Biometrics or Physical IDs

The US Transportation Security Administration is seeking alternative means to verify passenger identities at security checkpoints throughout the country, without relying on physical information or biometrics. The measures would potentially be used when travelers fail to present appropriate ID forms. This may be in the form of a digital services

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03 Jun 2020

ICE Outlines How Investigators Rely on Third-Party Facial Recognition Services

Facial recognition technology has both enhanced capabilities while attracting controversy, as law enforcement agencies at every level incorporate it into investigations. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has not built its own database and biometric applications but has rather been using third-party resources from the private sector as well and other agencies.

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01 Jun 2020

ACLU Sues Clearview AI Over Faceprint Collection and Sale

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has sued Clearview AI, a New-York based biometrics startup, for their collection of facial identification data on billions of people and selling it to third parties without their consent or knowledge. The group filed the lawsuit on the behalf of a number of organizations

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05 May 2020

Senator Wants Details on Clearview AI’s Contact Tracing Pitches

Over the past few months, Clearview AI has faced scrutiny over privacy and anonymity in its practices. The facial recognition startup stirred concerns over its practices in supplying biometric surveillance tools to law enforcement. The company is now allegedly marketing its technology to the government as a COVID-19 tracking tool

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09 Apr 2020

‘Fake Fingerprints’ Bypass Scanners with 3D Printing

New research from Cisco Talos has shown that 3D printed technology can bypass fingerprint scanners used in Apple, Samsung, and Microsoft products. 3D technology can create “fake fingerprints” that can bypass popular scanners, however, it remains costly and time-consuming to produce. Researchers tested the models on mobile phones including the

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31 Mar 2020

NSW Police signs six-year biometric identification deal

The New South Wales Police Force has allegedly renewed a contract with an identity solutions firm called Idemia for biometric identification. The new contract will last for six years as Idemia works to support and maintain LiveScan, technology that processes and books criminals’ biometric data. The deal affects 142 police

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09 Mar 2020

Why Your Biometrics Are Your Best Password

Biometrics are becoming increasingly popular as the best form of verification because they’re easy to use, offer greater privacy and security, and are starting to be used across a mobile, desktop, and server devices. The security industry has been working on developing strong biometric password programs as the traditional password

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06 Mar 2020

DHS Launches Third Biometric Rally to Assess How the Tech Works on Crowds

The Homeland Security Department unveiled plans to host its third Biometric Technology Rally, bringing together industry vendors and volunteers to collectively accelerate the technology that could be used for an extensive number of functions in the future. The agency is accepting applications from interested participants through late April, and this

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25 Feb 2020

NASA Tech Could Replace Passwords with Your Heartbeat

On Monday, NASA launched several new technology transfer opportunities for potential medical applications, including new biotechnology. NASA is developing new biometric technology that would potentially eliminate the need for fingerprint, retinal and face scans; a heartbeat system that would become a new biometric technique to verify identity. Called HeartbeatID, NASA

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31 Jan 2020

Facebook to Pay $550M to Settle Class Action Case Over Facial Recognition

Facebook has agreed to settle a case over the social network’s Tag Suggestions feature, agreeing to pay $550 million to Illinois users. The class-action lawsuit was filed over the use of Facebook’s face-tagging technology that collects facial recognition data without users’ consent. The company announced the settlement on Wednesday, stating

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