Google accused of violating the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act

Google has become the latest technology firm to face legal action after being accused of violating the 2008 Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act over the use of facial recognition technology and photo sharing. 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. The statute defines biometric identifier as “any personal feature that is unique to an individual, including fingerprints, iris scans, DNA

Biometric data protection, fingerprint technology and payment solutions trending this week

Here is a recap of the most popular biometrics industry news that appeared on this past week. Fingerprint technology Gemalto, Fingerprint Cards, Precise Biometrics and STMicroelectronics have collaborated on an end-to-end security architecture for biometric fingerprint authentication in wearable and consumer electronics devices. The companies say that the solution will offer new opportunities to the consumer electronics market to implement secure authentication solutions based on FIDO Alliance’s specification. PayPal recently rolled out an update of its app to now

Businesses oppose WA state bill to protect consumers’ biometric data

Businesses are opposing proposed legislation in Washington state that would ban commercial interests from collecting and selling personal biometric information without obtaining consent, says a Geekwire report. The bill, introduced by Rep. Jeff Morris, a Democratic legislator in the Washington House of Representatives, aims to prohibit capturing the biometric identifiers of an individual for a commercial purpose unless certain conditions are met. According to the report, the proposed bill would require a company or persons to obtain an individual’s specific

Bill to protect consumers’ biometric data clears Washington state House

The Washington state House has once again approved a bill by Rep. Jeff Morris to protect consumers’ biometric data. The House of Representatives recently voted 87-10 to pass the consumer protection bill. House Bill 1094 would establish regulations and limitations on how biometric data (for example – iris scans, the way you type or tap a tablet, facial recognition and voice recognition) could be collected and used in the future in commercial and retail industries. “We want businesses to think

Australians accept biometrics at border, says Unisys exec

In an exclusive interview with, John Kendall, Security Program Manager for Unisys in the Asia-Pacific region, noted that when it comes to enhancing personal security, Australian travelers are willing to use biometrics at the border. Detailing the findings of a Unisys Security Index Report focused on biometrics in Australia airports, he notes Australians support extending biometrics-based security measures to include verifying passengers boarding aircraft, but do not support retailers using biometrics to make customized retail offers. “Our research found

Bio-Metrica CEO discusses multi-factor biometric identification systems

Altamonte Springs, Florida-based Bio-Metrica is a first-tier manufacturer, software developer and system integrator of turnkey and custom biometric identification solutions to government, law enforcement, and enterprises worldwide. The company provides advanced biometric solutions to customers in a range of industry sectors, including government, law enforcement, healthcare, finance, education, retail, and manufacturing. Additionally, Bio-Metrica helps customers during the installation and configuration, maintenance and upgrade of the biometric system, customizing the solution based on their specific project requirements. Last month, Bio-Metrica released

Judge rules Facebook can’t be sued in Illinois for ‘faceprint’ database

A federal judge in Illinois has dismissed a lawsuit challenging Facebook’s use of facial recognition software, according to a report in MediaPost. U.S. District Court Judge Jorge Alonso ruled that Facebook can’t be sued in Illinois for its “faceprint” database because the company doesn’t have enough connections with the state. In a ruling issued last Thursday, Alonso commented, “Because plaintiff does not allege that Facebook targets its alleged biometric collection activities at Illinois residents, the fact that its site is

Pew survey finds U.S. consumers conflicted about disclosure of personal data

A Pew Research Center study released yesterday found no consistent pattern on decisions to give up privacy in return for discounts, rewards or other benefits. The study was based on a Pew survey of 461 U.S. adults and nine online focus groups of 80 people that examined a variety of circumstances under which many Americans would share personal data or permit surveillance in return for getting something of perceived value. The survey found that a majority (52 percent) of those

NEC to demonstrate biometrics solutions for retail at NRF16

NEC Corporation of America announced that it will demonstrate a number of new retail solutions that integrate a wide range of NEC technology, including biometrics, digital signage and analytics, during the National Retail Federation’s Big Show. The conference and exhibition will be held January 17-19 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. At the conference, NEC will showcase integrated retail offerings which couple its retail software and hardware with its biometrics and display capabilities. The combined

Ford R&D lab exploring the integration of wearables and vehicles

Researchers at the new Automotive Wearables Experience laboratory located at the Dearborn, Michigan-based Ford Research and Innovation Center are exploring ways to connect crucial health information to in-vehicle technologies. For example, lane-keeping assist could be more responsive if a smartwatch sends data to the vehicle that senses that the driver is drowsy. Additionally, if a driver’s heart rate increases as traffic worsens, in-vehicle technologies such as adaptive cruise control or Blind Spot Information System could increase the distance between vehicles