Police errors, paperwork delays force destruction of biometric data of 800 terror suspects

According to a report in The Telegraph, the fingerprint and DNA profiles of up to 800 terror suspects have been destroyed because of errors by the police and the Security Service. That is approximately 10% of the individuals whose biometric profiles are held in the UK Government’s counter-terrorism databases. Sources told The Telegraph that the destruction took place because paperwork was not completed which would have allowed biometric data to be stored indefinitely while critics called for an investigation into

MorphoTrust eID solution to help decrease tax refund fraud in Alabama

MorphoTrust USA (Safran) and the state of Alabama are teaming up to protect citizens against identity theft and state income tax refund fraud using MorphoTrust’s identity verification solution, eID. Using the electronic ID (eID) application, Alabama residents will be able to protect their tax refunds with something as simple as a “selfie.” The eID initiative will be an opt-in program that adds a new layer of security regarding tax return processing. MorphoTrust’s eID leverages the secure driver’s license and ID

FBI proposes that its biometrics database should be excluded from privacy laws

The FBI proposed last week that its biometric database be excluded from several provisions of the U.S. Privacy Act, which states that all federal agencies must notify individuals about any records they acquire and retain regarding them, according to a report by Softpedia. The FBI’s Next Generation Identification System (NGIS) is a database that contains the biometrics data (fingerprints, eye scans, facial scans, and DNA samples) of both criminals and non-criminals in the U.S. The NGIS is often used to

CDC project will see biometric registration for HIV patients in Uganda

In an effort to improve healthcare access and data collection, HIV/AIDS patients in Uganda will now be identified using fingerprints during a five-year Centers for Disease Control (CDC) funded project. According to a report by The Monitor, the Monitoring and Evaluation Technical Support (METS) project will help identify how many people in the country are living with HIV/AIDS and how many people are taking antiretroviral drugs in hopes of generating accurate and nationally accessible information on the healthcare crisis. CDC

Ideal Innovations introduces mobile face matching solution

The biometrics products solution division of Ideal Innovations, Inc. (I3) has released FABIS-Mobile, enabling on-device face matching against millions of records on mobile phones and tablets. The company says its next-generation mobile face matching can search 1-5 million records on a mobile device, more than a hundred million records on a single laptop, and 500 million to more than a billion images on a single server with matching speeds in excess of 25 million comparisons per CPU core, per second.

Fingerprint and passport data leaked in Philippines voter database breach

According to a report by Trend Micro, a massive breach of the database of the Philippines’ Commission on Elections (COMELEC) has leaked a huge number of voters personal identifiable information, including passport information and fingerprint data. “With 55 million registered voters in the Philippines, this leak may turn out as the biggest government related data breach in history, surpassing the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) hack last 2015 that leaked PII, including fingerprints and social security numbers (SSN) of 20

Extension approved for Israel’s biometric database pilot

A request by Israel’s Interior Minister for a nine-month extension on the country’s biometric database pilot was approved on Tuesday. Earlier this week, the Minister had requested an extension of the pilot until December 31, 2016 to better learn the issues since he is relatively new in the job. According to a report in The Jerusalem Post, the initiative is seeing reduced support since a legal adviser to the Israeli Biometric Database Management Authority acknowledging that the potential for database

Terror attacks create interest and concern about facial recognition tech

According to industry experts, terrorist attacks in Brussels will impact the development and deployment of facial recognition technology. Three coordinated bombings occurred last week in the Belgian capital: two at Brussels Airport and one at Maalbeek metro station in Brussels. In these attacks, at least 31 victims and three suicide bombers were killed, and over 300 people were injured. Another bomb was found during a search of the airport. The use of terror tactics in open spaces is projected to

Another extension requested for Israel’s biometric database pilot

This past weekend, Israel’s Interior Minister Arye Dery requested another nine-month extension on the country’s biometric database pilot. The pilot was due to wrap up at the end of this month, after already being extended for nine months last June. Just last week, a legal adviser to the Israeli Biometric Database Management Authority acknowledged that the potential for database breaches of the country’s experimental biometric identity database couldn’t be ruled out, but that it was not a pressing concern. Naama

Police car equipped with facial recognition system can pick suspects out of a crowd

Researchers at the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China’s Police Equipment Joint Research Lab have developed a police vehicle equipped with a facial recognition system that can pick criminal suspects out of a crowd, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal. State media reports that the SUV has a 360-degree rooftop camera array that automatically scans faces within a 60-meter radius. The system determines the gender, age and race of each face, compares it against faces