Home Office to fund UK police’s joint forensics and biometrics program

The UK’s Home Office announced it will provide more than £26 million in additional police transformation funding in support of 28 projects or technology plans over the next three years, including a joint forensics and biometrics program, as well as a national data analytics focus, according to a report by Government Computing. The funding, which was allotted in the 2015 Spending Review to help boost law enforcement technology use, will help the projects gain stronger traction for a more collaborative

French National Police using Safran’s Morpho Video Investigator solution

Safran Identity & Security announced today that the French National Police are using its MVI solution (Morpho Video Investigator) to analyze large amounts of video in a short amount of time. MVI was created by Safran and is the result of adding powerful video analysis functions (including motion detection and license plate detection) to the company’s facial recognition software. The integrated algorithms process raw video files and then detect important visual sequences before flagging them up for analysis. This system

Shanghai researchers create AI system detecting criminals from face features

Two scientists from Shanghai Jiao Tong University have published a controversial new study that uses an AI system to distinguish a criminal from a law-abiding citizen with a 85.5% accuracy rate, according to a report by the Telegraph. Researchers Xiaolin Wu and Xi Zhang collected 1,856 ID photos of Chinese males ages 18 to 55, with no facial hair, no facial scars or other markings. Of this data set, 730 were images of criminals which were provided by the police.

DERMALOG showcasing ‘world’s fastest’ AFIS at TRUSTECH

German biometrics provider Dermalog has released the next generation of its Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) this week at TRUSTECH and, according to a company statement, test body SGS-TÜV Saar has confirmed that the software reliably allows the processing of almost one billion matches per second. The world record for fingerprint matching is now 914,959,533 in one second per standard blade server. DERMALOG founder and managing director Günther Mull: “As the speed of fingerprint matching increases, maintaining accuracy is a

German draft law would allow use of facial recognition for public surveillance

Germany’s latest draft law could infringe on the public’s data privacy rights if it is passed, according to a report from the nation’s union for data protection report cited by Digital Trends. Under the proposed legislation, the German government would no longer be required to inform citizens about the kind of data collected on them if such a revelation “disadvantages the well-being” of the country or might “seriously endanger” business activities. Additionally, the law would allow the government to use

Interpol urges countries to collect biometric data from extremist fighters

Interpol is urging countries throughout the world to collect biometric data from Islamic State fighters and other extremist groups to help law enforcement locate them, particularly when these individuals return home, according to a report by the Associated Press. Interpol Secretary General Jurgen Stock said that Interpol only has biometric data for approximately 10 percent of the 9,000 “foreign terrorist fighters” in its database. He also said the international police organization is working with other countries to develop biometric technology

EPIC files FOIA lawsuit against FBI over biometric database system

Privacy group Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) filed a lawsuit against the FBI, earlier this month, to force the agency to release all documents related to its plan to provide the Department of Defense with access to biometric information, according to a report by On the Wire. The biometric data — which includes fingerprints, iris images, and facial photos — is stored on the FBI’s Next Generation Identification system, which the agency has been using for a few years. “With

Interpol says lack of biometric data on terrorists a security vulnerability

The Interpol General Assembly has emphasized the need to address the lack of biometric data being shared on terrorists, internationally, which it said is creating a dangerous security vulnerability that could be exploited by the some 15,000 returning foreign terrorist fighters. Interpol has cited the proliferation of aliases, the complexity of fraudulent travel documents, the act of falsely declaring people have died in the conflict zones, and even basic issues linked to transliteration as among the increasing challenges to law

NEC bringing biometrics solutions for law enforcement to INTERPOL General Assembly

NEC will be showcasing its cybersecurity and biometrics solutions for law enforcement at the 85th ICPO-INTERPOL General Assembly Exhibition at the Nusa Dua Convention Center in Bali, Indonesia this week. The company’s cybersecurity solution employs a combination of security technology and solutions to keep large-scale ICT environments safe. The Digital Forensic Solution suite helps law enforcement agencies combat cybercrime and gives organizations knowledge for specific forensic areas, including: mobile device forensics; disk forensics; malware forensics, and; memory forensics. The suite

UK wants access to biometrics data stored in EU security databases post-Brexit

A senior counter-terrorism officer said that Britain’s access to data in Europe-wide security databases, following the Brexit vote, is “mission critical” in regards to protecting the public, according to a report by Belfast Telegraph. Helen Ball, Deputy Assistant Commissioner at the Metropolitan Police, brought up the issue of returning Islamic State fighters in her discussion about law enforcement arrangements with the EU post-Brexit. The future of several tools and arrangements is in jeopardy following the Brexit referendum vote, including the