UK law prohibits police from storing foreign criminals’ DNA and fingerprint records

The UK Commissioner for the Retention and Use of Biometric Material has published a new report that reveals that the DNA and fingerprint samples belonging to thousands of foreign crime suspects have been deleted from British databases because police are barred from storing details of offenders convicted abroad, according to a report by The Telegraph. In the report, Alastair MacGregor QC warned the UK public that they may be at risk because of the “obviously unsatisfactory state of affairs” which

UK Biometrics Commissioner releases annual report

UK Biometrics Commissioner Alastair R. MacGregor publicly released his first annual report yesterday. The Biometrics Commissioner is independent of the UK Government. His role is to keep under review the retention and use by the police of DNA samples, DNA profiles and fingerprints. The post was created in 2012 under the Protection of Freedoms Act. His report for 2013-2014 was submitted to the UK Home Office in November and a copy was provided to the UK Parliament on December 16.

iTouch Biometrics enhances Romeoville police department’s booking process

iTouch Biometrics announced it has improved Romeoville, Illinois police department’s booking process by replacing its previous livescan fingerprint and DC Book mugshot solutions with its Accurate-ID software solution. The police department had previously used two separate systems for processing criminals, with one system devoted to collecting fingerprints, and a second for solely capturing mugshots. ”What was key was finding a company that could convert nine years of booking data, said Deputy Chief Ken Kroll of the Romeoville Police. ”When iTouch

Washington State city considers implementing new fingerprint ID system

Mercer Island, Washington is contemplating on signing an interlocal agreement with King County to install fingerprint identification systems in police cars that are designed to improve efficiency, according to a report by Mercer Island Reporter. Provided by the County, the new $1,150 mobile ID devices are designed to help police officers identify suspects in the field that are lying about their names or other key information. Remote searches are able to provide an ID response in under two minutes, which

NIST experts discuss how biometric devices are helping law enforcement

A number of scientists, engineers and program managers discussed the many ways the agency is helping law enforcement improve investigations that depend on collecting biometric data from digital devices, at last week’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) forensics conference, according to a report by Fed Scoop. Though the majority of the presentations focused on digital forensics, NIST scientists also discussed the recent technological advancements in human forensics, especially involving biometrics. Elham Tabassi, an electrical engineer at NIST, discussed

Most popular biometrics news updates for week ending December 7

Here’s a recap of most popular biometrics industry news that appeared on this past week. Biometrics Week in Review: credit cards with fingerprint sensor, nymi band discovery kits, fingerprint cards, facial recognition, Umrah visa applicants, smart card readers, fingerprint algorithms, authentication solutions, body recognition, swipe and touch sensors. MasterCard’s new contactless credit cards with integrated Zwipe fingerprint sensor soon available in UK – The first Zwipe MasterCard payment cards will be issued in Britain next year, following the completion

40 years of automated fingerprint identification for MorphoTrak

MorphoTrak announced it is celebrating its 40th anniversary as the pioneer developer of automated fingerprint identification systems. The company’s fingerprint matching technology started off with Rockwell Autonetics, which in 1974 created the first-ever automated fingerprint components for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. In the 1980s, Rockwell launched a fingerprint division called Rockwell Printrak, which was eventually acquired by Motorola in 2000. Then in 2009, fingerprint system vendor Sagem Morpho, which was also part of Safran, rebranded itself as MorphoTrak. “MorphoTrak

Most popular biometrics news updates for the week ending November 30

Here’s a recap of most popular biometrics industry news that appeared on this past week. Biometrics news in review: biometrics for Umrah visa, mandatory biometric registration, facial recognition for law enforcement, U.S. Army contract, DHS secure communities, new fingerprint sensor markets, MINEX test results, new biometric authentication software, AndroidPay mobile payment. ICCI urges Saudi government to stop biometrics collection for Umrah visa applicants – The ICCI has requested the help of the government of Pakistani to urge the Saudi

Stockton, California police testing mobile biometric identification system

For the past four years, the Stockton Police Department in California has been undergoing a trial program involving a new handheld device that scans fingerprints, irises and other biometric data, according to a report by Emergency Management. The Mobile Biometric Device reads various biometric data in the field and transmits the information to remote databases to help investigators rapidly identify suspects and other subjects. The technology could potentially change the way U.S. law enforcement agencies, military and Homeland Security operations

Police take biometrics processing drunk drivers

Central District Police in Wellington, New Zealand recently began collecting the biometric data of individuals caught driving under the influence, according to a report by Wellington Scoop. The new system enables police officers to confirm the identities of alleged offenders by digitally capturing the fingerprints and photographs of individuals they intend to charge with an offence. The technology compares the biometric data against a database of existing police records then stores the new information for future reference. Central District Police