DHS investing in biometrics data storage to enhance customs enforcement

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is deploying biometrics data storage and surveillance to improve customs enforcement and make it easier for international travelers, according to a report by GCN. International air travel processing increased by 35.9 percent from fiscal year 2009 to 2016, according to the DHS. The DHS’ Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is implementing advanced technologies such as facial recognition software to keep pace with this rising demand for services. “We are working on facial recognition in

UN recommends Nigeria combine its biometric platforms to improve efficiency

The UN recommended Nigeria to combine its multiple biometric platforms to improve the overall efficiency, according to a report by Daily Trust. The UN Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, made the recommendation Friday when she received Nigeria’s delegates to the 50th session of the UN Commission on Population and Development in New York. Mohammed said that a central body for the biometrics would help reduce the costs of the current system and make it more manageable. “I would raise one concern

Court dismisses lawsuit regarding facial biometrics data collection

A New York federal judge rejected a proposed class action lawsuit against Take-Two Interactive Software that asserted that the video game developer was collecting facial biometric data from users, according to a report by The Hollywood Reporter. The lawsuit involved the company’s “MyPlayer” avatar feature of its NBA 2K15 and NBA 2K16 games which allow users to create personalized digital avatars through face-scanning technology. The feature uses cameras connected to PS4 and Xbox game systems to scan the user’s face

Interpol urges countries to collect biometric data from extremist fighters

Interpol is urging countries throughout the world to collect biometric data from Islamic State fighters and other extremist groups to help law enforcement locate them, particularly when these individuals return home, according to a report by the Associated Press. Interpol Secretary General Jurgen Stock said that Interpol only has biometric data for approximately 10 percent of the 9,000 “foreign terrorist fighters” in its database. He also said the international police organization is working with other countries to develop biometric technology

Interpol says lack of biometric data on terrorists a security vulnerability

The Interpol General Assembly has emphasized the need to address the lack of biometric data being shared on terrorists, internationally, which it said is creating a dangerous security vulnerability that could be exploited by the some 15,000 returning foreign terrorist fighters. Interpol has cited the proliferation of aliases, the complexity of fraudulent travel documents, the act of falsely declaring people have died in the conflict zones, and even basic issues linked to transliteration as among the increasing challenges to law

DHS to present on biometric technology at SMi’s Border Security 2017

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is developing a plan to significantly expand the collection of biometric data at US borders to more closely track foreign visitors. The agency will deliver two presentations on the implementation of biometrics at SMi Group’s Border Security 2017 conference, which will held February 15 to 16 in Rome, Italy. Paul Hunter, chief biometrics strategy of the biometrics division at DHS/USCIS/Immigration Records and Identity Services (IRS) Directorate USCIS, DHS will deliver a presentation titled “Homeland

Federal Court in Illinois dismisses biometric data privacy case against Smarte Carte

A federal district court in Illinois recently dismissed a biometric data privacy case against Smarte Carte, based on a U.S. Supreme Court ruling of a similar case, according to a report by IllinoisPolicy.org. The plaintiff alleged that Smarte Carte’s use of fingerprint-keyed lockers at Chicago’s Union Station was in violation of Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA). The court’s decision for dismissal was based on the U.S. Supreme Court’s May 16th ruling in the Spokeo v. Robins case. The decision

Lawsuit filed against Snapchat for using biometric data without consent

Two men filed a class-action lawsuit against Snapchat under a 2008 Illinois state law that requires a company to obtain written consent before using an individual’s biometric data, according to a report by Inc. Initially filed by plaintiffs Jose Luis Martinez and Malcolm Neal in Los Angeles County court in May, the case has recently been moved to U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. According to the lawsuit, Snapchat has been unlawfully gathering, storing, and using biometric

Court says biometric SIM registration is legal in Bangladesh

A Bangladeshi Higher Court has declared that ongoing biometric SIM registrations using fingerprints is legal. The court rejected a petition challenging the legality of collecting biometric fingerprint data in the SIM card registration process. In March, a lawyer served legal notice urging to halt biometric registration for SIM cards, claiming that it violates the privacy of users. The notice was served on behalf of a resident and said that the biometric data collected for SIM cards could create a high

India’s Home Ministry to ask for enhanced gov’t biometrics data sharing

India’s Home Ministry will ask for regulations or an amendment to the recently passed UIDAI Act to mandate that the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) share biometric data with the Registrar General of India (RGI). Sharing the data will ensure that RGI need not collect 18.5 million biometric identifiers for the National Population Register (NPR) which have already been collected for the Aadhaar scheme. While the NPR is used for the determine residency and establish the citizenship of each