New federal government contractors in Canada required to submit fingerprints to RCMP

New federal government contractors in Canada will now be required to submit their fingerprints electronically to the country’s national police force, the RCMP, to run a criminal history check in its database, according to a report by the CBC. Existing contractors working with the federal government will only have to submit their fingerprints if they need to upgrade or renew their security clearance. According to Public Services and Procurement Canada, the change is needed because the RCMP is concluding its

Uber to roll out face recognition security check for drivers in U.S.

Uber is introducing facial recognition verification for drivers, a new security measure that will soon roll out to the entire U.S., according to a report by Techcrunch. The move comes a few months after Uber launched the feature in China in order to counter fraud, prevent identity theft, and ensure the safety of its riders. Real-Time ID Check uses Microsoft machine learning to compare a selfie taken in the Uber driver app against the driver’s registered profile photo. The two

IBIA urges ridesharing firms to enforce fingerprint-based background checks

The International Biometrics + Identity Association (IBIA) has published a new white paper that makes a convincing case for why ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft ought to implement background checks that include FBI and state fingerprint holdings, in addition to other biographic searches, in order to thoroughly assess candidates for employment. According to the white paper, entitled “Uber and Lyft: Fingerprint-Based Criminal Background Checks Essential to Assure Public Safety”, Uber and Lyft are not fulfilling their responsibility to reduce

Groups oppose privacy exemption for FBI biometric database

Forty-four privacy, civil liberties, and immigrants’ rights organizations sent a letter to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) this week asking for an extension to the comment period concerning the FBI’s request to modify the Privacy Act. The federal law enforcement agency is asking for certain provisions of the act to be changed concerning the use of criminal history record information and biometric identifiers within its Next Generation Identification system. The Next Generation Identification system is designed to advance the

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

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

Atlanta international airport wants Uber drivers to undergo fingerprint criminal background checks

Atlanta’s city council is expected to review a plan outlining certain conditions for Uber and other ride-booking services to operate at the airport. According to a report by ABC News, officials at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport have said they want drivers to undergo criminal background checks based on fingerprints. Uber has objected to the fingerprint checks, saying its own background checks work well, and the fingerprint-based checks would be overly cumbersome for its drivers. The airport’s plan also covers proposed

Arizona introduces electronic fingerprint application system

Arizona’s Department of Public Safety electronic fingerprint application system (EFAS) now gives state residents the opportunity to apply for a fingerprint clearance card online, dramatically reducing the time necessary to process and issue cards. It is hoped that teachers, real estate agents, foster parents and those requiring fingerprint-based background checks will be able to apply for licenses or go to work sooner with the EFAS solution. It currently takes around four weeks to complete a fingerprint clearance. For applicants with

MorphoTrust signs fingerprinting contracts with WV & NY states

MorphoTrust USA (Safran) has signed contracts to provide fingerprinting services through the company’s IdentoGO Centers for the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) and the West Virginia State Police (WVSP). The fingerprinting services will support the vetting of individuals applying for jobs or licenses in childcare, finance, law enforcement, nursing, education and other fields where fingerprint-based background checks are required by law or regulation in these states. The contract signed with West Virginia State Police will cover

Fingerprint background checks begin for cab drivers in Boston

The Boston Police Department (BPD) announced that it has begun fingerprinting all licensed cab drivers in the city as part of its background check process, according to a report by Boston.com. According to the BPD, cab drivers will be required to submit fingerprints as part of an annual license renewal process. Fingerprinting has been a contentious issue in the debate over how to best regulate ride-share competitors like Uber and Lyft. Uber and Lyft say their drivers should not be