Biometrics industry descends upon London this week

This coming week of October has shaped up to be a very busy one indeed in London regarding gatherings amongst the biometrics industry. Here is a quick at-a-glance of what you need to know. If you have suggestions of other events to add, please contact us. Biometrics Institute & FIDO Alliance Joint-Meeting, October 20, 2014 from 2:00-5:00pm in London, UK The seminar will inform prospective members about the Alliance and the Biometrics Institute and their separate activities. Attendees will learn

University of Texas at Austin opens first of its kind ID Center

This is a guest post by Janice Kephart, founder of the Secure Identity & Biometrics Association (SIBA). Research will inform the public on identity theft and fraud threats and assessments. Austin, TX – With a $5 million grant from the Texas state legislature, the University of Texas at Austin has launched a new Center for Identity to inform the public on identity theft and fraud threats and assessments. In something akin to a digital ribbon cutting ceremony in the heart

Biometrics in Australia

This is a guest post by Maria Makedonas, Marketing Cooridnator for Argus Global, Sydney In Australia, the use of biometrics is becoming more prominent in the private sector. Biometrics is now common in the public sector, however it is also apparent biometrics can be used in the private sector and in many more applications as outlined in this blog post. Biometrics and banking: Financial institutions are talking about the use of biometrics for their customers such as opening an account,

What is Biometric Data Sharing? An Introduction & Overview

This is a guest post by Paul Coombes, Head of Commercial (EMEA) for Argus Global The Five Country Conference (FCC) High Value Data Sharing (HVDS) Protocol initiative was signed in 2009 to enable the exchange of biometric data between member countries – the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. In 2011 the UK and Ireland agreed to share biometric data from visa applications to fight illegal immigration. The goal of these programs is to exchange data

Health IT in the Cloud: Moving From “Nice to Have” to “Mandatory”

This is a guest post by Mohammad Shahnewaz, Senior Digital Marketing Specialist at M2SYS Technology. 83% of IT executives report they are using cloud services today for healthcare IT according to the 2014 HIMSS Analytics Cloud Survey. Health IT is moving to cloud and it’s no longer a “nice to have.” – It has become a necessity. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996 set in motion a series of strict compliance requirements for the healthcare industry.

Apple Watch and Apple Pay Likely to Receive Different Acceptance Amongst Consumers

This is a guest post by Janice Kephart, founder of the Secure Identity & Biometrics Association (SIBA). Last week I received a hurried Wall Street media inquiry regarding my view, on behalf of the Secure Identity & Biometrics Association (SIBA), of the potential market impact of Apple’s release of Apple Watch and Apple Pay. Determining the potential impact and growth of new biometric applications (assuming they work) greatly relies on the consumer’s perception of the product’s utility and security. There

Biometric identification’s role in the on-boarding process

This is a guest post by Steve Cook Director of Business Development at Facebanx Examining the use of biometrics in ID protection and KYC Biometric identification systems are now being deployed within various applications into more and more public and private institutions. For those that are new to biometrics, biometrics are the unique characteristics of a human being that can be used to clearly identify a person. Biometric technology such as fingerprint, iris, face and voice recognition is now widely

Secrecy surrounds government surveillance programs

Lack of accountability is usually a common theme when it comes to camera surveillance, so San Diego’s public disclosure of its city surveillance program is atypical. In 2011, the city launched a program entitled “Operation Secure San Diego” that sought the participation of private retail merchants in a police CCTV scheme. The city’s police department believes that the use of private store camera systems could help support public safety efforts. Under the initiative, the San Diego Police Department obtained access

Biometrics could prevent ‘celeb porn’ hacking incidents

Biometrics could be the ideal tool to protect private consumer data in the cloud. In the wake of an iCloud security flaw that allowed the theft of nude photos last weekend of Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, Kirsten Dunst and several other female actresses and musicians, Apple should consider integrating biometric authentication into its next iteration of iCloud security. Authentication is the process of validating users, ensuring that they are who they say they are. Solutions range from traditional alphanumeric username

Wi-Fi security threats to air travelers identified

In January, a CBC news report revealed that Canada’s electronic spy agency utilized data from a free Internet Wi-Fi service at a major Canadian airport to track the wireless devices of thousands of ordinary air travelers “for days after they left the airport”. Now a recent news report in Canada’s Globe & Mail (Researcher connects dots on spy agency’s monitoring of Wifi), projects that the airport was Toronto Pearson, the nation’s busiest port of entry. (If you are outside the