Secret police bill passes in Canada

Last week, Canada’s anti-terror bill was passed by Parliament with bipartisan Conservative and Liberal support. Bill C-51 was originally introduced at the end of January to extend Canada’s anti-terror laws. The legislation was reputedly designed by the Conservative government to protect Canadians from jihadist terrorists, but also grants greater powers to police authorities to target activities that could “undermine the security of Canada” as well as activities that the government deems detrimental to Canada’s interests. The main provisions of Canada’s

Banking on biometrics

This is a guest post by Steve Cook, Director of Business Development at Facebanx. The world of banking is changing forever! Yes, right before your eyes (excuse the pun) the way we will all be banking in the future is radically going to alter as well as disrupt our lives. OUT: goes the traditional password. IN: comes biometric authentication. Biometric banking will be here to stay and whether we like it or not, we had better get used to it,

Building the business case for biometrics

Biometrics Research Group, Inc., publisher of BiometricUpdate.com, is pleased to have been featured in a special report on biometrics that was published in The Times of London by Raconteur Media on April 30. Rawlson King, contributing editor at BiometricUpdate.com, provided an article which observes that due to the security and financial benefits of biometrics, there is a strong case for all businesses to consider adopting such technologies. The article is entitled Building the Business Case for Biometrics. He notes that

Siri requires 100 times more computing power than text-based Web searches

Voice recognition requires incredible amounts of computing resources. Digital assistants, including Siri from Apple, Google Now, Microsoft’s Cortana, and Amazon’s Echo, that run on mobile phone platforms have enormous data requirements. Instead of leveraging a phone’s limited processing power, these digital assistants utilize servers in cloud-based environments to interpret user requests and to provide requested information to users. These digital assistants therefore operate as “artificial intelligence engines”, which harness the ability to correlate millions of requests in order to provide

Suspicious government to fingerprint employees, spy on citizens

As the Harper government nears nine years in power, it continues to demonstrate that it has no trust for its employees and Canadian citizens in general. This week, Canada’s Treasury Board Secretariat, which is responsible for the federal civil service, confirmed that the government’s new standard on security screening, that came into effect last October, includes fingerprinting employees, along with mandatory credit checks. As of 2014, it was estimated that there were 257,138 federal civil servants in Canada. Public sector

2014 Year in Review: Top 5 Applications of Facial Recognition

This is a guest post by Ian Koskela, CEO of Face Data, Inc. Facial recognition is not necessarily a new technology – some of the technology’s earliest roots date back to the mid ’60s, when a trio of scientists created the first system for automated facial recognition. Despite its age, the technology has seen explosive interest in the last decade, and recent projections have the facial recognition market valued at $2.19 billion by 2019. In 2014, countless apps, services and

MorphoTrak to hold webinar on funding opportunities for biometric tech purchases – POSTPONED

Update: sorry for the inconvenience but this webinar has been postponed until further notice. BiometricUpdate.com is pleased to announce that it will moderate a webinar entitled “How to Access Federal Funding for Biometric Technology” on Thursday, March 5 at 1 pm Eastern time. Last year, the U.S. government provided just over US$1 billion dollars for state and local governments to purchase biometric systems and devices, and robust funding levels are expected again this year. This webinar will assist your organization

Canadian anti-terror agencies, law requires oversight

Earlier this year, new disclosures from U.S. whistleblower Edward Snowden unveiled that Canada’s electronic spy agency, the Communications Security Establishment, tracks millions of Internet downloads daily. According to Canada’s public broadcaster, the surveillance agency sifts through millions of videos and documents downloaded online every day by people around the world under a program entitled “Levitation”. According to the disclosure, the Levitation program monitors downloads in several countries across Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, and North America. The agency, which

Air Entry Exit Working Group stocked with all industry players, taking on biometric exit in Congress

This is a guest post by Janice Kephart, founder of the Secure Identity & Biometrics Association (SIBA). In October 2014 the Air Entry Exit Working Group was formed by my organization, the Secure Identity & Biometrics Association with the Security Industry Association and sixteen private sector companies including 3M, L-3 Communications, Vision-Box and others. Today, the Working Group includes the Document Security Alliance as well as MorphoTrust and CrossMatch. The latest brouhaha in Congress over border security has the Working

BiometricUpdate.com featured on Financial Sense Newshour

BiometricUpdate.com was recently the focus of a radio interview featured on the Financial Sense Newshour. Rawlson King, a contributing editor and lead researcher at BiometricUpdate.com, talked to Cristofer Sheridan, Senior Editor at Financial Sense about the latest developments and trends in the biometric technology space. The 40 minute discussion focused on recent comments made by Obama’s head cybersecurity adviser to “kill passwords” and use biometrics for greater security in financial transactions and elsewhere, as well as the differences and advantages