UK police force to deploy biometric solution for bail registration

Local police in Merseyside, England have been granted £360,000 (USD $533,588) from the region’s Police Innovation Fund to purchase and deploy new biometric technology that will allow suspects to answer bail using their thumbprints, according to a report by the Liverpool Echo. The biometric technology and digital records system will replace the existing paper-based set-up, which requires suspects to visit a police station where they can sign a register. The paperless bail system was designed after finding that the current

EFF thwarts California plan to share DMV photos, use facial recognition

An Electronic Frontier Foundation email campaign that saw participation from more than 1,500 Californians successfully defeated a proposal that would have allowed state law enforcement to share images from the DMV and use facial recognition technology, according to a report by Electronic Frontier Foundation. As part of a larger plan, a committee within the California Department of Justice passed a motion to share a database of driver and mugshot images with a national law enforcement network and allow California state

UK immigration introduces new rules regarding biometrics

The UK government announced its new rules for managing fingerprints, facial images and biometric information, which will be enforced beginning April 6, according to a report by Expat Forum. It will now be mandatory for all individuals who are registering or naturalising as a British Citizen to submit their biometric information as part of their application. This includes non-European Economic Area nationals applying for a residence card, derivative residence card or permanent residence card. According to UK immigration officials, the

Bengaluru police to deploy facial recognition tool

Police in Bengaluru, Karnataka will soon use automated facial recognition software to determine whether a suspected person is a wanted criminal, according to a report by The New Indian Express. Using a facial recognition application, photographs, sketches and images from CCTV footages will be matched against a police criminal database. The technology will ensure that there is more seamless coordination between police stations, and ultimately allow officers to search through the images of criminals on the database to identify a

Bogotá mass transit system to test biometric security solution

Bogotá, Columbia will begin trialing an integrated video surveillance system, featuring biometrics and facial recognition cameras, in the city’s TransMilenio (Sivit) transit system, according to a report by El Tiempo. The system, which will initially be piloted at the Jiménez and portal Americas bus stations, is expected to decrease the crime rate and the perception of insecurity in Bogotá’s’ largest mass transit system, said Fund Surveillance and Security District. The facial recognition solution will be able to identify faces in

Customs and Border Protection launches passport facial recognition airport pilot

The Department of Homeland Security announced that Customs and Border Protection has initiated its “1:1 Facial Recognition Air Entry Pilot” program to allow CBP officers (CBPOs) at airports to use facial recognition technology to help verify the identities of US electronic passport holders, according to a report by Homeland Security Today. DHS’s Privacy Office is legally required to provide continued guidance on all privacy issues relating to key technologies in which the private data of citizens is collected for training

Australian police to enforce mandatory on-the-spot fingerprint scans

South Australian Attorney General John Rau is introducing new legislation that could potentially give police the power to enforce mandatory on-the-spot fingerprint scans, according to a report by the Herald Sun. Under new legislation set to be released for consultation, any individual who does not comply with a police request for an on-the-spot fingerprint scan could face three months in prison or a fine of up to $1,250. Rau said the fingerprint scans will not be random and a set

DHS audit finds several flaws in Coast Guard’s biometric system

The Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General recently audited the US Coast Guard’s (USCG) biometric system, in which it encountered several issues that may be affecting the timely and accurate identification of suspected terrorists, felons and other individuals of interest, according to a report by HS Today. Federal law requires the USCG — which is tasked with protecting the country’s maritime borders – to implement a program that identifies any unknown individuals in the maritime environment. To fulfill

Australian city opens $1.3m surveillance center with facial recognition technology

Logan City in South East Queensland, Australia recently opened a $1.3 million CCTV surveillance centre that uses facial recognition technology to monitor troublemakers, criminals, and burst water mains, according to a report by The Register. Over the past decade, the program has expanded from nine CCTVs to more than 300. The system operates on the Teleste video management system, which is also being used in Paris and Sweden, as well as in Austria’s national transport and roadways. The surveillance feeds

CBP to discuss biometric entry and exit program at Identity Management Symposium

Defense Strategies Institute announced that Michael Hardin, deputy director of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Biometric Entry and Exit program will be on hand at the upcoming Identity Management Symposium to address the implementation of the program. The recent Department of Homeland Security appropriations act requires the agency to submit an update on the implementation of the CBP program to Congress within 30 days. The Identity Management Symposium, held April 21-22 in Alexandria, Virginia, will attract representatives from various