Worldpay report finds 63% of consumers willing to use biometric authentication

Worldpay has published a new report on consumer habits that finds that shoppers are becoming more comfortable using biometrics to pay when shopping, with fingerprint payments leading the way as the most popular biometric identification method, according to a report by ComputerWeekly.com. The study found that 63 percent of consumers want to be able to use biometrically authenticated payments when shopping, while 69 percent said they would be most open to using fingerprint recognition. Apple announced recently that its newer

National Pharmacies intros facial recognition at Australian stores

National Pharmacies has integrated facial recognition capabilities into its in-store kiosks at approximately 100 branded pharmacies in South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales to allow customers to conduct a range of transactions, according to a report by IT News. The kiosks are comprised of Samsung tablets running Oracle’s mobile cloud service (MCS). Any of the pharmacy group’s 350,000 registered customers can now authenticate themselves using facial recognition at an in-store kiosk. The tablet’s camera captures a photo of the

Panasonic Avionics, Tascent use biometrics to personalize the in-flight experience

Panasonic Avionics Corporation and Tascent will partner to deliver biometric passenger identification for every step of the passenger journey, on both the ground and in the air. Through the partnership, the companies will combine Tascent’s biometric identity devices, software and services with Panasonic’s in-flight entertainment and communications systems to provide streamlined identity recognition before departure, during flight and upon arrival. “Our partnership with Tascent is yet another example of our vision for the connected aircraft and its benefits becoming a

More businesses hit with class action suits under Illinois biometrics privacy law

Gas station convenience store chain The Speedway and the Lettuce Entertain You group of restaurants have been hit with class action lawsuits alleging the businesses violated Illinois’ biometrics privacy law, according to a report by Cook County Record. Last week, lawyers with the Chicago legal firm Stephan Zouras LLP filed two lawsuits in Cook County Circuit Court on behalf of plaintiffs alleging the companies should be required to compensate for storing biometrics data from either their employees or their customers.

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