19 Oct 2020

U.K. Government Reportedly In Advanced Talks To Initiate Human Challenge Vaccine Trials That Would See Volunteers Infected With Covid-19

In the UK, a biotechnology firm is currently in the process of advanced talks with the British government regarding vaccine development. The biotech firm wants to create and administer strains of the COVID-19 virus to trial participants in order to fast track the vaccine development process. Volunteers of the clinical

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13 Oct 2020

Live facial recognition is tracking kids suspected of being criminals in Buenos Aires

In Argentina, an extensive facial recognition tracking minors suspected of being criminals has been uncovered, with security professionals calling it the first of its kind. Tens of thousands of entries and targets contain personal details such as names, birthdays, national IDs of minors suspected of crimes. The youngest alleged offender

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24 Sep 2020

The Military’s Latest Wearables Can Detect Illness Two Days Before You Get Sick

Some US military personnel are now sporting a watch and ring kit that will alert them and their command if they are showing early signs of illness, catching the disease before symptoms are apparent. This is a new system developed by the Defense Innovation Unit in collaboration with Phillips Healthcare

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21 Aug 2020

Senate Bill Would Expand Facial-Recognition Restrictions Nationwide

A new bill that is currently in the process of moving through the Senate aims to expand restrictions on the use of facial recognition technology after critics claimed the technology could have biases against gender, race, and ethnicity. The bill’s introduction comes as police departments across the US are being

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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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