K&L Gates launches biometric data compliance and defense practice

K&L Gates, a fully integrated global law firm with lawyers in five continents, has started a practice in biometric data compliance and defense. The biometrics data compliance and defense group will advise clients on issues stemming from the use of face, voice and iris recognition, fingerprints and hand geometry for authentication. Since Illinois passed the Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) in 2008, several other states have either enacted or are considering the passage of biometric information laws, with potentially sweeping

Majority of European consumers trust organizations using biometrics for online authentication

More than two in three Europeans (68 percent) would trust organizations more if they used biometrics for authentication, according to survey results released Tuesday by Unisys. The survey results indicate broad consumer support for biometric online authentication. Unisys surveyed 3,500 consumers in seven European countries about their opinions on the use of biometric authentication for online accounts and trust levels in organizations managing and storing their personal data. Their responses show 63 percent believe biometrics are stronger than traditional PIN

Australia mulls piloting Facial Verification Service for businesses

Australia’s Attorney General’s Department is considering selling access to its national facial recognition database to private companies, The Guardian reports based on documents released under Freedom of Information laws. Major telecommunications companies are in discussions with the government to launch pilot projects in 2018 for private sector use of the Facial Verification Service, and financial institutions are also interested, according to partially redacted documents. The new system would be similar to an existing program which allows companies to pay the

Hotel selfie check-in showcased at Singapore Tourism Board conference

A mobile app enabling hotel guests to check-in through an automated process including authentication with a selfie was among eight innovations shared with attendees of the annual Singapore Tourism Board (STB) conference on Thursday, The Straights Times reports. The selfie check-in system showcased was provided by AI firm GTRIIP. The STB also announced a plan to create a guide to help hotels identify and adopt technologies, such as facial recognition and e-payments, which can help them address changing consumer attitudes

CLEAR research shows holiday travelers interested in extending biometrics beyond the airport

More than four out of five (81 percent) holiday travelers taking airplanes this season are interested in extending their use of biometric technology for traveling beyond the airport to such uses as hotel check-in and paying for a car rental, according to research released Wednesday by CLEAR. The use of technology to ease holiday travel is already near ubiquitous, with 90 percent using airport WiFi, mobile boarding passes, ride sharing apps, and other tech. Despite this 92 percent of Americans

Eyedentify vehicle safety system leverages biometrics

Indian IoT startup Eyedentify is preparing to launch a vehicle occupant security product which leverages biometrics and applies algorithms to audio recordings to improve the safety of taxi and commercial vehicle drivers and passengers. Authorized drivers are biometrically enrolled, and the system verifies the driver’s identity before allowing the engine to start, The Economic Times reports. Other features include video recording and transmission, vehicle impact recognition, and strategically placed panic buttons. The company is currently running pilot projects, and says

Sensory, Fujitsu partner to help clients adopt face biometrics within their mobile apps

Sensory and Fujitsu will be working together to assist banks, financial institutions, retail and enterprises adopt face biometrics within their mobile apps. “We pride ourselves on working with industry leaders like Sensory to offer our customers access to the best biometrics authentication technologies available,” said Michihiko Ejiri, Vice President of Front Digital Service Business Div. at Fujitsu. “Working with Sensory has allowed us to help our customers around the world improve the user experience provided by their apps by integrating

Attorneys explain insurance coverage for biometric privacy lawsuits

With the recent barrage of Biometric Information Privacy Act-related lawsuits brought to Illinois courts, several top privacy attorneys discussed what areas defendants should seek insurance coverage for the potentially high-stakes claims, according to a report by Law 360. Though specialized cyberinsurance may make the most sense for companies to cover litigation costs, legal experts say they should also seek coverage in general liability and other more traditional policies. Illinois’ BIPA, which was passed in 2008, requires employers using biometric information

New York AG calls for stronger security for biometric, electronic data

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is calling on the state to implement its first-ever measures to protect biometric data collected by employers and businesses from cyber attacks, according to a report by Times Union. Schneiderman introduced a proposed law that would add biometric data to updated state protections aimed at a growing number of high-profile computer hacks of confidential personal data kept by businesses on their customers. Appropriately titled “Stop Hacks and Improve Electronic Data Security,” the law would

Biometrics in air transport: transforming the passenger experience

This is a guest post by Nora Blomefield, Head of Marketing for Travel Segment & Border Management Offers, Government Business Unit at Gemalto. The arrival of biometrics is radically transforming the passenger experience in airports. This new technology, combined with new self-service solutions, now offers the means to address today’s security challenges, the search for enhanced quality of service, while catering for the sustained growth in passenger numbers. The challenges facing air passenger travel today Over the last two decades,