Police errors, paperwork delays force destruction of biometric data of 800 terror suspects

According to a report in The Telegraph, the fingerprint and DNA profiles of up to 800 terror suspects have been destroyed because of errors by the police and the Security Service. That is approximately 10% of the individuals whose biometric profiles are held in the UK Government’s counter-terrorism databases. Sources told The Telegraph that the destruction took place because paperwork was not completed which would have allowed biometric data to be stored indefinitely while critics called for an investigation into

AMREL receives FBI certification for its newest rugged biometric tablet

AMREL announced that its Flexpedient AT80B rugged biometric tablet is now on the exclusive FBI’s Certified Products listing. “The FBI has certified that the AT80B is in compliance with the CJIS Division’s Next Generation Identification System Image Quality Specifications (IQS): EBTS Mobile ID FAP 45 Appendix F Specifications,” explains Richard Lane, AMREL VP of Strategic Business Development. “It meets or exceeds the criteria for for single & dual finger flat & rolled print which means it can access the FBI’s

Facial recognition technology by Vigilant Solutions being tested by Sacramento police

According to a report by ABC10, the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department has been testing facial recognition technology developed by Vigilant Solutions for the past year. Last June, Vigilant Solutions supplied four officers with iPhones and proprietary technology for a pilot project. Now, 500 officers are being trained to use the facial recognition app in the field. Vigilant Solutions also manufactures the license plate reader used by the sheriff’s department. The facial recognition solution compares photos of suspects to local mugshots,

Fingerprint background checks mandatory for Colorado surgical techs and assistants

Colorado lawmakers have passed House Bill 1160, a law requiring criminal background checks for surgical technologists and surgical assistants that requires them to submit their fingerprints to the state to detect criminal history. The Colorado Bureau of Investigation and the FBI would use the fingerprints for criminal background checks. The state has relied on self-reporting of criminal records since 2010. The legislature gave final approval this month and sent the legislation on to Gov. John Hickenlooper, who will decide whether

FBI proposes that its biometrics database should be excluded from privacy laws

The FBI proposed last week that its biometric database be excluded from several provisions of the U.S. Privacy Act, which states that all federal agencies must notify individuals about any records they acquire and retain regarding them, according to a report by Softpedia. The FBI’s Next Generation Identification System (NGIS) is a database that contains the biometrics data (fingerprints, eye scans, facial scans, and DNA samples) of both criminals and non-criminals in the U.S. The NGIS is often used to

NEC Australia awarded contract for CrimTrac’s new biometrics platform

Last week the Australian government announced that NEC Australia has been awarded the contract to deliver CrimTrac’s “next generation” biometrics crime-fighting tool, according to a report in Delimiter. The $52-million system will replace the fingerprint and palm print database and matching system in use by police across Australia. The new system is expected to go live in 2017. CrimTrac is responsible for developing and maintaining national information-sharing services between state, territory and federal law enforcement agencies. It was established to

Lyft and Uber to pause operations in Austin following fingerprint checks vote

Lyft and Uber will temporarily cease operations in Austin, Texas, following a city vote that rejected a ballot measure that would have reversed a city requirement for drivers to go through fingerprint-based background check. according to a report by BuzzFeed News. The move comes a few months after Austin City Council Member Ann Kitchen began pushing for changes to be made to transportation network companies (TNC) regulations which would enforce Lyft and Uber drivers to undergo fingerprint-based background checks. Both

Unisys to deliver prison management solution for the Netherlands

Unisys Corporation has been selected by the Netherlands’ Custodial Institutions Service (DJI) to deliver a new custody management solution for penitentiaries across the country. According to a statement by the company, the new 10 year contract has an option for a 10 year extension and under the terms of the agreement, Unisys will support all aspects of custody management for DJI using the Unisys Law Enforcement Application Framework (U-LEAF). The new system is expected to be delivered later in 2016

Tamil Nadu Fingerprint Bureau upgrades fingerprint indentification software

The Tamil Nadu Fingerprint Bureau is upgrading its existing software to version 7 of its Fingerprint Analysis Tracking System (FACTS) at police stations across the Indian state in an effort to give police direct access to the centralized fingerprint database for faster offender identification. According to a report in New India Express, all police stations in the state will be equipped with the upgraded software by October which will soon be integrated with the Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and