U.S. privacy rights group calls for facial recognition regulation

According to a report recently published by the Center on Privacy & Technology at Georgetown Law on unregulated face recognition, at least 117 million adults are included in face recognition databases maintained by U.S. law enforcement. The report is part of a year-long investigation by the privacy rights group, based upon the results of more than 100 government record requests. The report voices concerns about facial recognition and other biometric tools because the technology is unregulated. The report found, that

WatchGuard Video launches facial recognition-based redaction software

Law enforcement video evidence solutions firm WatchGuard Video has released REDACTIVE, a video and audio redaction software that expedites the redaction process for evidence technicians and law enforcement officers. REDACTIVE’s advanced facial recognition technology automatically detects and identifies human faces. This capability reduces the elements of the video which are falsely detected as human, along with the overall time spent manually searching and marking the video for redaction. Users initially prompt the software to auto-detect any face in the video,

Intellicheck Mobilisa named Nlets strategic partner

Intellicheck Mobilisa has been selected as a strategic partner by Nlets, the International Justice and Public Safety Network. Dr. William Roof, Intellicheck CEO, commented, “We are proud to be selected to be an Nlets strategic partner. It is another significant step forward that will allow us to quickly and efficiently scale the adoption of Law ID by law enforcement agencies across the country at a time when these agencies are facing growing needs for real-time access to critical information. Law

DHS looks to maintain, replace biometric database system

The Office of Biometric and Identity Management (OBIM) within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has selected Enterprise Resource Planned System International, LLC (ERPSI) — a joint venture team between Planned Systems International, Inc. (PSI) and ERP International, LLC (ERP) — to establish and maintain a reporting environment for the Automated Biometric Identification System (IDENT), one of the largest biometric databases in the world. IDENT is the central DHS-wide system for storage and processing of biometric and associated biographic information

Romanian Police looking to procure a facial recognition system

According to a report in the Romanian Insider, the Romanian Police are looking to procure a facial recognition solution that can acquire, compare, and verify facial digital images of suspects, convicts, unidentified persons, missing persons, and unidentified bodies in police investigations. The images obtained with this system will be compared with photos from the Romanian Police’s database. An open auction has been launched to select a firm that will take care of implementing the National Biometric Identification System (NBIS). The

Safran, APD deploy MorphoBIS in the Cloud

MorphoTrak, a subsidiary of Safran Identity & Security, and the Albuquerque Police Department (APD) have successfully deployed MorphoBIS in the Cloud, the flagship offer of the MorphoCloud platform. The MorphoCloud solution provides APD with the latest automated biometric identification system (ABIS) functionality available today in a highly scalable and secure architecture. According to a statement from the company, this marks the first deployment of a criminal ABIS system in a secure commercial cloud environment. Scientists at the Albuquerque Police Metropolitan

Crossmatch introduces latest ten-print mobile fingerprint technology

Crossmatch unveiled its latest ten-print sensor technology that it is designed to further innovate mobile livescan. The new FAP60 thin film transistor (TFT) sensor provides enables law enforcement, military and border management officers to process FBI compliant enrollments and rapid ID checks on a single device, all without the weight and bulk of optical-based sensors. “There are several ten-print devices on the market today that claim to be the lightest and smallest,” said Ben Ball, government market director at Crossmatch.

Local U.S. police use of “stop-and-spit” DNA collection unrestrained

According to an article published by ProPublica, over the last decade, collecting DNA from people who are not charged with, or suspected of any particular crime has become an increasingly routine practice for police in smaller cities in Florida, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and North Carolina. An investigation by the independent, Pulitzer-prizing winning, non-profit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest found that smaller police forces within those states have been building “databases of their own, often in partnership with

ACLU against FBI request to access Ohio facial recognition database

The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio has recommended that the state denies the FBI from accessing its law-enforcement database due to privacy concerns over facial recognition technology, according to a report by AllGov. Public records requests have revealed email exchange between the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and the FBI discussing access to the state’s OHLEG database. In a letter sent Monday to Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, the ACLU of Ohio addressed its concerns regarding the FBI’s potential

NEC Australia wins award for facial recognition solution

NEC Australia and the Northern Territory (NT) Police Force were recognized for their facial recognition solution at the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) 2016 iAwards. The pair were awarded the Infrastructure and Platforms Innovation of the Year iAward for the Watch House project, an Australian first facial recognition solution designed, customized and implemented by NEC and the Northern Territory Police. It accurately identifies people being brought into custody in under 10 seconds, in a dramatic speed improvement from standard system