DHS terminates biometric deportation program

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has announced it has terminated one of its key deportation programs, that was heavily based upon the sharing of biometrics. This week, DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson announced that the “Secure Communities” program was discontinued due to litigation, a high level of criticism from other levels of government, and a lack of cooperation from state and local law enforcement officials. Under the program, more than 283,000 illegal aliens with criminal convictions were removed from the

DHS to delete Internet surveillance records

According to a NextGov report, the U.S. Government is preparing to delete government-wide Internet surveillance records that are over three years old. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security will delete the records from its information security program code named “Einstein” because of the “quickly diminishing value for most of the data collected pursuant to intrusion detection, prevention and analysis” according to department’s rationale. DHS argues that a three-year retention period is sufficient and that records have no value beyond that

Latin America’s growing biometric technology market

Latin America has become the largest growing market for biometric technology used for identifying individuals and is increasingly being used by the region’s governments, biometric expert Sergio Valdez said at the recent Second International Security Meeting (EISCE) in Quito, Ecuador. “It is being applied in many Latin American countries” at a rapid rate “precisely because of the volume of the critical mass of inhabitants,” said Valdez, director of business development of the multinational 3M for Latin America. According to market

Toronto police considering facial recognition software to identify suspects

The Toronto Police Service is considering facial recognition software as a tool that could significantly reduce the time it takes to identify suspects, according to a report by the CBC. Already adopted by Calgary police and various law enforcement agencies in the United States, facial recognition software enables police officers to match crime scene images against a database containing thousands of mug shots. But despite the popularity of the software in other regions, privacy advocates have criticized the technology for

BORDERPOL names new director of Americas program

BORDERPOL announced that it has named Janice Kephart the director of the Americas program. Kephart is a border and ID security expert with significant experience in border security systems, having previously served as counsel to the 9/11 Commission, authoring the Staff Monograph, 9/11 and Terrorist Travel, and contributing to the immigration-related facts and recommendations in the 9/11 Commission Report. “I could not be more excited and honored to be asked to take the helm of the Americas Program for BORDERPOL,”

Research and Markets publishes 2014-2022 border control and biometrics market report

Research and Markets announced it has published its “2014 Border Control & Biometrics Market Assessment” report, which explores the border control and biometrics market, as well as a forecast for 2014-2022. The report illustrates how the increase in international border controls has resulted in the authentication process becoming more convenient for the customer, all without compromising the security level. In addition, the report states that the border control and biometrics market covers border control, eGovernment and law enforcement, and is

Hotels near Delhi airport ordered by police to install facial recognition software

Hotels located near India’s Delhi airport have been instructed by local police to install facial recognition software as part of its initiative to increase security measures, according to a report by The Economic Times. The facial recognition technology has already led to significant delays and expensive costs for hoteliers at Aerocity. Lemon Tree Hotels, a mid-market hotel operator, has already installed NEC’s facial recognition software in its Aerocity property. “We have put in place NEC Face Recognition Solution,” said Rahul

SIBA teams with SIA to encourage airport biometric entry-exit system

The Secure Identity & Biometrics Association (SIBA), a key biometrics industry non-profit trade association, announced that it has teamed up with the Security Industry Association (SIA), an industry advocacy group, to establish an “Airport Entry and Exit Working Group“. The working group was formed to represent the identity, document authentication and biometric industry to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency, in an effort to support the development of a fully-functional airport border

Home Office revises FABrIC tender

The Home Office announced earlier this week that its pre-tender notice for continuity of biometric service to support IDENT1 did not mention the Police ICT Company that was launched to lead technology procurement for UK forces, according to a report by Government Computing. At a market briefing event intended for all vendors seeking to temporarily oversee a forensic and biometric interim capability service (FABrIC), the Home Office listed the requirements for a supplier to operate and maintain FABrIC until a

NEC’s Integra-ID5 multimodal biometric identification system accepted by WIN

NEC Corporation of America announced that its Integra-ID5 multimodal biometric identification system solution was accepted by the Western Identification Network, an organization of western U.S. state and local law enforcement agencies. Awarded to NEC in October 2011, the contract follows multiple phases of testing including factory acceptance test, system acceptance test at each of the eight WIN member states, and a user acceptance test. The WIN network is comprised of a shared MBIS processing service bureau that enables users to