SBSC votes to expand biometric identification capabilities of Sheriffs’ Offices along southwestern border

The Southwestern Border Sheriffs’ Coalition (SBSC) voted at its annual meeting on April 3 to partner with BI2 Technologies to expand its biometric identification program and system. BI2 Technologies will work with SBSC to improve and expand biometric identification capabilities at 31 Sheriffs’ Offices along the U.S. and Mexico border to ultimately increase border security and combat criminal activity. SBSC — which is an IRS certified 501 charitable organization whose mission is to insure the safety and security of the

Maryland legislation would see task force study police use of facial recognition

A bill passed in the Maryland House of Delegates and currently under consideration by a Senate committee would see a task force formed to study police use of surveillance technologies, such as facial recognition software, according to a report by Capital News Service. If the bill, HB 1065, is passed, it would create the Task Force to Study Law Enforcement Surveillance Technologies, which would examine the state law enforcement’s use of surveillance tactics and make the appropriate recommendations. “This goes

UK government’s position on facial biometrics database hit with liberal backlash

The UK government’s decision to allow police to store the facial biometric images of millions of innocent people on a massive database has drawn a number criticisms from UK civil liberties’ groups and the Liberal Democrats, according to a report by UK Authority. Independent biometrics commissioner Paul Wiles condemned the practice last week, stating that UK citizens are entitled to greater “independent oversight, transparency and assurance”. Wiles called on ministers to implement a ‘presumption of deletion’, which would make it

QiSQi develops mobile automated biometric ID system for law enforcement

QiSQi Identification Technologies developed the MABIS (mobile automated biometric identification system) platform and app that can register and identify fingerprints, faces, and iris within less than a second. The app operates on a standard Android mobile phone, enabling users to seamlessly and quickly deploy its capabilities without investing in any additional hardware. Equipped with mobile and touchless biometrics software from Diamond Fortress, the app obtains high-quality fingerprints via the mobile camera. The face recognition has 2D/3D enhancement features, which enables

Committee reviews U.S. law enforcement’s use of facial recognition technology

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Regulation held a bipartisan hearing Wednesday morning to review the use of facial recognition technology (FRT) by law enforcement agencies, particularly the policies of the FBI. The committee reviewed the current state of FRT, its many uses, benefits and challenges, and ultimately assessed whether any legislation is required. Last May, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report stating that the FBI should better ensure privacy and accuracy in its use of FRT,

UK biometrics commissioner criticizes plans for custody images database

The UK’s Biometrics Commissioner has condemned the government’s response to a High Court ruling from 2012, stating that the mass retention of custody images is unlawful. Last month the government proposed only that police forces delete on request millions of images of people who have not been convicted of any offence, illegally stored on a national police database Professor Paul Wiles told the Home Office that the public is entitled to more “independent oversight, transparency and assurance”, while urging ministers

Dutch police use Safran facial recognition technology to help identify suspects

Safran Identity and Security has provided a facial recognition solution to the Netherlands police, building on the biometric identification services the company has previously delivered. The original system provides search, analysis and matching services for fingerprints and palm prints. The new, nationwide facial recognition system, which consists of workstations for facial search, comparison and analysis, was recently launched at the National Forensic Service Centre. Dutch police officers can now submit a facial image for search against their databases, saving both

MorphoTrak cloud service gains traction with field experience

MorphoTrak‘s cloud solution for government and law enforcement agencies, MorphoCloud, was launched in October 2015, and the service is now evolving based on experience gained in the field. While the cloud inherently enables many potential benefits including high availability, performance, and security, the company has gained valuable experience with utilization in the field, which is increasing as agencies adopt MorphoCloud. Offering solutions delivered by the cloud is often referred to as using the “as-a-Service” label, which identifies it as free

DSI releases Identity Management Symposium full agenda

Defense Strategies Institute (DSI) has released the full agenda for its fourth Identity Management Symposium to be held this April in Alexandria, Virginia. This year’s educational symposium will provide senior leaders within OBIM, DHS, DFBA, and the Intelligence Community two days of off-the-record briefings and informal, collaborative discussions focusing on the theme of “Advancing Biometric and Identity Activity Solutions”. Confirmed speakers include: Grant Schneider, Deputy Federal CISO, Office of Management and Budget; Michael Sorrento, Director, Defense Manpower Data Center; COL

Federal court denies search warrant request to unlock iPhones with fingerprints

A federal court in Illinois denied the government’s search warrant request to enter a building and unlock all phones with fingerprint recognition functionality, as part of a child pornography investigation, according to a report by Forbes. In his decision, Judge M. David Weisman said that the government needed to be more specific about the exact devices and data they wanted to obtain. Although it found that there was “no protectable Fourth Amendment interest in the print itself,” the court said