Lawyer recommends that companies consult biometric privacy experts to avoid lawsuits

In light of several class action lawsuits from employees accusing companies of illegally collecting and storing their biometric data, a Chicago attorney has recommended companies to be conscious of the litigation threat stemming from an increasing number of state laws protecting biometric privacy, according to a report by Cook County Record. “Companies should consult with their lawyers and… adopt policies and procedures to comply with these [and other] requirements,” said Steve Gold, an attorney with McguireWoods. “It is also important

Alibaba demonstrates face recognition system at cashier-less concept café

Alibaba Group demonstrated a facial recognition-powered, cashier-less coffee shop earlier this month at its second Taobao Maker Festival, according to a report by Technode. Using Alibaba’s AI and data technologies, Tao Café invited customers to shop at the offline store without having to wait in queues to pay for drinks or food. The café had a few employees on hand to prepare the food and drinks, however, no cashiers were required as all transactions were done digitally. A customer could

Intercontinental Hotels employees file class action over fingerprint use

Plaintiff employees of the Intercontinental Hotel Group have filed a class action lawsuit against the hotel chain over claims that it wrongly collected and used their fingerprints and other biometric information, violating the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA), according to a report by Cook County Record. In late June, plaintiff Eric Zepeda filed a putative class action lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court against IHG and its subsidiary, the Kimpton Hotel & Restaurant Group, stating the hotel chain should

BingoBox’s AI-powered convenience store raises $14.7M in funding

BingoBox, a Chinese chain of artificial intelligence-powered, self-service convenience stores, has raised over 100 million yuan ($14.7 million) in its first round of funding, led by technology investment firm GGV Capital, according to a report by Sixth Tone. Powered by AI and other innovative technologies, the self-service convenience stores aim to reduce costs on staff. The retail stores are slowly expanding in big cities across China, drawing the attention of both customers and investors in the process. BingBox partnered with

RichRelevance study finds younger US millennials welcome biometrics

RichRelevance has released its third annual “Creepy or Cool” international survey that found that younger US millennials (age 18-29) responded much more positively to advanced technologies such as facial recognition, robots and VR glasses than older generations. The survey offers insight into consumer preferences and opinions regarding the latest technologies designed to improve the retail customer experience. Overall, the research showed that while consumers are willing to share more data for a better experience, there is no fast and easy

Theme park visitors want biometrics tech used for identity verification

Omnico has published a new research report that finds that 85 percent of consumers in the US, UK, China, Japan and Malaysia want theme parks to use artificial intelligence (AI) systems for ID verification for greater convenience. Chinese visitors are the most willing, with 92 percent in favor of being subjected to AI-based technologies for ID verification. Fingerprint recognition is the most popular biometric identification method across the five countries (32 percent), while consumers in China prefer facial recognition (41

China tech firms bypassing privacy concerns to apply facial recognition

China’s technology firms are rushing to apply the commercial use of facial recognition technology, bypassing the same privacy concerns that have slowed the roll out of the technology in Western markets, according to a report by The Financial Times. People in China are arguably less concerned about privacy rights violation than in Western countries as they are accustomed to having their faces scanned to conduct daily tasks, such as making payments to access residential blocks, student dormitories and hotels. In

Washington has become the third state to pass biometrics privacy law

Following in the footsteps of Illinois and Texas, the state of Washington has become the third state to pass legislation regulating the commercial use of biometric identifiers, according to a report by Lexology. Governor of the State of Washington, Jay Inslee, recently signed into law House Bill 1493, which will become effective on July 23. Illinois previously enacted the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) while Texas passed the Texas Statute on the Capture or Use of Biometric Identifier. According

SensibleVision releases multi-factor face authentication solution for retailers

SensibleVision has launched Autodentity, simultaneous multi-factor face authentication solution that enables enterprise users and consumers to securely access devices. Based on 10 years of R&D and six patents, Autodentity allows retailers to increase the security of their websites through an unobtrusive authentication method. Users simply take a selfie with their computer or mobile device, and every time they log into a site their image is instantly verified. They can then use a second authentication factor selected by the retailer —

Illinois biometrics privacy law could be adopted by other states

Several states across the nation are looking to adopt Illinois’ biometrics privacy law as more organizations deploy biometric technology in various applications, and as the courts continue to figure out the potentially costly effects of the law’s mandates on businesses, according to a report by Cook County Record. Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act, which came into effect in 2008, established protocols which require organizations collecting biometric data to notify people about the practice before they begin to gather data, as