Australian government biometrics bill met with opposition in parliament

A new bill introduced by the Coalition aiming to make it mandatory for citizen to provide their biometric data at international ports has experienced some opposition in parliament, according to a report by CSO. The news follows the Australian government’s announcement in March that it plans to introduce new legislation aimed to bulk up Australia’s biometrics system by allowing authorities to collect biometric data from children and also enable airport border control to perform mobile fingerprint checks on those suspected

Biometric database pilot continues in Israel despite negative report

Israel Interior Minister Silvan Shalom announced he is extending the biometric database pilot program for identity cards for a nine month period, according to Jerusalem Post. Shalom made the announcement a few hours before the State Comptroller Joseph Shapira released his heavily anticipated report about the pilot program. In the report, Shapira concluded that the program had failed several of its benchmarks and that the Knesset should seriously consider all points before deciding on whether to officially implement the database.

Shutterfly slapped with class action lawsuit over facial recognition use

A Chicago man has filed a class action lawsuit against Shutterfly over allegations that the photo-book service is violating a law that restricts the way that companies gather biometric data, according to a report by Fortune. Brian Norberg is seeking at least $5 million in damages, on behalf of those people whose faces have been added to the Shutterfly database without their consent. Filed Wednesday in Illinois federal court, the lawsuit follows recent criticism over the use of facial recognition

Digital Rights Movement report criticizes Israel’s national biometric database

The Digital Rights Movement has published a new report that criticizes the biometric database that Israel’s Interior Ministry is currently trialing, identifying a number of defects that could potentially result in data being leaked from the system, according to a report by Haaretz. The move comes a couple of months after Israel Interior Minister Gilad Erdan presented legislation to enforce a mandatory national biometric identification system. The new report, authored by computer and information security experts, is released in advance

CrimTrac seeks firm to add facial recognition capabilities to Australian fingerprints database

Australian crime data authority CrimTrac is seeking to add facial recognition capabilities to the national fingerprint database, which police and law enforcement agencies use to match collected biometrics to criminals and suspects, according to a report by ITnews. The move comes a couple months after the Australian government allocated AU$700,000 (USD $567,801) in 2015-16 to CrimTrac for the development of its Biometrics Identification Services system business case, which will eventually replace CrimTrac’s current automated fingerprint ID system. Since 1987, CrimTrac

UK police defend use of facial recognition to identify criminals at music festival

A UK police force has defended the use of facial recognition technology to identify some 90,000 attendees at a music festival held at Donington Park over the weekend and cross-checking them against a database of wanted criminals across Europe, according to a report by the BBC. The news comes a week after Leicestershire Police revealed it would use portable facial recognition technology for the first time at Download music festival in an effort to identify and catch thieves and drug

U.S. Marines introduce ROK Marines to biometric enrollment technologies

U.S. Marines recently introduced the Republic of Korea Marines to a Secure Electronic Enrollment Kit, a portable biometrics solution that has been used to identify people in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to a report by DVIDS. Using the portable kit, soldiers are able to perform facial, fingerprint and iris recognition on any unknown people they come across. They can then compare the results to a database of previously scanned people, said Staff Sergeant Michael Hevener, a criminal investigator expeditionary field

Australian senators call for stricter biometric data storage guidelines

Labor members of Australia’s Senate Standing Committees on Legal and Constitutional Affairs have released a report that details a number of recommendations to be made to a government bill that, if passed, will grant the immigration department the authority to collect biometric data, according to a report by Computer World. The Migration Amendment (Strengthening Biometrics Integrity) Bill 2015 intends to combine individual personal identifier collection powers into an overarching discretionary power. It will also enable the immigration department to collect

Canada to expand collection of biometrics from foreign visitors

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has said his government will put $312.6 million over five years towards expanding biometric screening measures to all foreign travelers entering Canada on a visa. According to the government’s plan, all foreign nationals, except for U.S. citizens, applying for a work or study permit, as well as those applying for temporary or permanent residency in Canada will be subject to biometric screening. Travelers will be able to provide their biometrics at 180 biometric collection service

Retail stores should make use of facial recognition, license plate readers with surveillance systems

New facial recognition-based surveillance systems can provide retailers with crucial business intelligence to improve their overall operations and bottom line, according to a report by Convenience Store News. Facial recognition technology captures a range of customer data including gender, age and mood as he or she enters the store. The critical information can be shared with customer packaged goods vendors as they vie for space in the convenience store. Retailers can also use this data to develop a database of