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

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