Jamaica to roll out national ID system by 2020

Jamaica is expected to finally conduct a complete roll-out of the National Identification System (NIDS) for Jamaicans and other residents by 2020, according to a report by the Jamaica Observer. Onika Miller, permanent secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister, told the Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC) of Parliament that the framework for NIDS is on track to be ready by this November. “Yes, the project has taken some time [but] now it is at a stage where

Second OPM hack sees 1.1M fingerprint records stolen

Office of Personnel Management officials have confirmed that a data breach involving security clearance files has impacted some 21.5 million individuals, which included the fingerprint records of 1.1 million people, according to a report by Defense One. This marks the first major details regarding the hack since OPM first revealed the security breach last month. OPM will provide a “suite of services” to any individual whose personal information was compromised, which includes nearly everyone who underwent an OPM-led background investigation

CrimTrac seeking supplier to build more versatile national biometric identification database

Australian crime data authority CrimTrac is seeking more flexibility in accessing other databases, such as national location data, as it slowly shifts to becoming a fully functional national biometric identification system, according to a report by Australian Financial Review. The organization is looking for a specialist IT supplier to provide a more versatile operating installation which is able to integrate a wide range of new technologies as they emerged, as well as handle the expanding list of mobile devices being

Israeli cyber experts call on government to cancel planned biometric ID system

Seventy four Israeli cyber experts have requested Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, cabinet ministers and Knesset members to immediately cease plans for the national biometric identification system, according to a report by The Jerusalem Post. Previously reported, Israel Interior Minister Silvan Shalom announced in late June he is extending the biometric database pilot program for identity cards for a nine month period. The letter has been signed by some of the country’s top scientists, including Prof. Jacob Ziv, an Israel Prize

LA county sheriff’s department invests in new facial recognition technology

A new procurement document reveals that the Los Angeles County sheriff’s department will outfit deputy officers with mobile facial recognition technology to identify people in the field, according to a report by Reveal News. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the $3.5 million contract with DataWorks Plus LLC, which provides a seven-year extension to the sheriff’s current lease for Cognitec Systems’ facial recognition equipment. The software and hardware, which includes servers and hundreds of smartphones and tablets,

Texas DPS continues to push for full fingerprint sets

Texas’ Department of Public Safety said it will continue to push for the right to collect full fingerprint sets of Texas driver’s license applicants, according to a report by the Dallas News. DPS director Steven McCraw recently told the Texas Public Safety Commission — an appointed board that oversees the agency — it will continue to fight for the authority to acquire full fingerprint sets. Earlier this year, new legislature was passed resulting in state laws limiting the DPS to

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