Biometric vehicle access systems market to reach $854.8M by 2021

Markets and Markets has published new research that finds that the biometric vehicle access systems global market, which is currently valued at about $442.7 million, is projected to nearly double by 2021. The report forecasts that by 2021, the global market will undergo a 14.06% CAGR to reach $854.8 million. Examining the production volumes and demand trends of the global market, the report is based on interviews from experts and suppliers on the future trends of the biometric vehicle access

Frost & Sullivan forecasts biometric wearables to transform driving experience by 2025

Frost & Sullivan Intelligent Mobility has released a new report entitled ‘Biometrics in the Global Automotive Industry, 2016–2025‘, which forecasts that ongoing advancements in biometrics will significantly transform the driving experience, health wellness and well-being (HWW), and security of vehicles by 2025. According to the report, one in three new passenger vehicles will eventually feature fingerprint recognition, iris recognition, voice recognition, gesture recognition, heartbeat monitoring, brain wave monitoring, stress detection, fatigue monitoring, eyelid monitoring, facial monitoring, and pulse detection —

Inventor designs vehicle breathalyzer that requires biometric authentication

In an effort to make in-vehicle breathalyzers more effective, an inventor from Las Vegas has designed the SAFETY WHEEL, a vehicle breathalyzer that is enhanced by a biometric authentication system, ensuring only an authorized vehicle operator can use their vehicle’s breathalyzer and drive the vehicle when sober. In a statement announcing the device, InventHelp suggested that the product could be offered as an OEM feature on new automobiles, or as an aftermarket safety accessory for installation on existing vehicles. “I

Lawsuit filed against Snapchat for using biometric data without consent

Two men filed a class-action lawsuit against Snapchat under a 2008 Illinois state law that requires a company to obtain written consent before using an individual’s biometric data, according to a report by Inc. Initially filed by plaintiffs Jose Luis Martinez and Malcolm Neal in Los Angeles County court in May, the case has recently been moved to U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. According to the lawsuit, Snapchat has been unlawfully gathering, storing, and using biometric

Facebook request to dismiss privacy lawsuit rejected

According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, a federal judge has rejected Facebook’s request to dismiss a potential class-action privacy lawsuit over the company’s facial recognition technology. The case alleges violations of the Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act. The Illinois statute requires companies that gather biometric data to notify people about the practice before collecting data, and to publish a schedule for destroying the information. In August, a judge transferred the case to federal court in San Francisco

Biometrics Institute continues work on proposed Privacy Trust Mark

The Biometrics Institute has been working with Lockstep Consulting on a proposed Privacy Trust Mark since early 2015 and stage two of the project, exploring a set of initial technical criteria sufficient to pilot the proposal, was recently completed. The first stage provided a feasibility and landscape study as well as a roadmap for implementation which confirmed strong support for such a mark. Lockstep was also engaged to do stage two of the project and delivered a proposal for an

Shutterfly settles facial recognition lawsuit

According to a report by the Chicago Tribune, a lawsuit brought by an Illinois man who accused Shutterfly of violating his privacy by using facial recognition software to identify his face has been settled. Earlier this year, a federal judge in Illinois allowed the lawsuit against Shutterfly to proceed despite the company’s claims that its tagging software does not break the state’s privacy law, the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA). Shutterfly had argued that the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy

Privacy advocates continue to reject facial recognition code of conduct

The National Telecommunication and Information Administration, a division of the U.S. Department of Commerce, has developed a consultation process to examine the commercial use of facial recognition technology and write a voluntary code of conduct for private companies that use it. The multi-stakeholder process, led by the NTIA, was devised to implement a “Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights”, part of the Obama Administration’s blueprint for improving consumers’ privacy protection while promoting continued growth of the digital economy. According to a

NTIA near producing draft of facial recognition code of conduct

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) will convene a meeting of organizations involved in the privacy multi-stakeholder process focused on the commercial use of facial recognition technology on March 29. Stakeholders have been engaged in an open, transparent, consensus-driven process to develop a code of conduct regarding facial recognition technology. According to a report in The Hill newspaper, a preliminary draft of the code will be presented at the upcoming March meeting. Over the past two years, stakeholders involved

Retailers use of facial recognition technology raises concerns

Consumers and privacy experts are raising concerns about the extent of surveillance in some high-end retail stores and what is being done with the data being collected, according to a report by CTV News. The CTV report references a recent Guardian report which notes that luxury department store chain Saks Fifth Avenue, which recently opened its first Canadian store in Toronto, is using some of the world’s most aggressive security and customer surveillance. The surveillance technology, which includes software able