U.S. privacy rights group calls for facial recognition regulation

According to a report recently published by the Center on Privacy & Technology at Georgetown Law on unregulated face recognition, at least 117 million adults are included in face recognition databases maintained by U.S. law enforcement. The report is part of a year-long investigation by the privacy rights group, based upon the results of more than 100 government record requests. The report voices concerns about facial recognition and other biometric tools because the technology is unregulated. The report found, that

DHS looks to maintain, replace biometric database system

The Office of Biometric and Identity Management (OBIM) within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has selected Enterprise Resource Planned System International, LLC (ERPSI) — a joint venture team between Planned Systems International, Inc. (PSI) and ERP International, LLC (ERP) — to establish and maintain a reporting environment for the Automated Biometric Identification System (IDENT), one of the largest biometric databases in the world. IDENT is the central DHS-wide system for storage and processing of biometric and associated biographic information

Romanian Police looking to procure a facial recognition system

According to a report in the Romanian Insider, the Romanian Police are looking to procure a facial recognition solution that can acquire, compare, and verify facial digital images of suspects, convicts, unidentified persons, missing persons, and unidentified bodies in police investigations. The images obtained with this system will be compared with photos from the Romanian Police’s database. An open auction has been launched to select a firm that will take care of implementing the National Biometric Identification System (NBIS). The

Startups leveraging Aadhaar system to develop database and payment solutions

India’s Aadhaar biometric authentication system has provided the foundation for at least nine startups, which are leveraging the system to develop various technologies including database and payment solutions, according to a report by Live Mint. OnGrid (Handy Online Solutions Pvt. Ltd.), which launched in May, is using Aadhaar-based authentication to check the backgrounds of blue-collar workers and ultimately create a database containing information on employee’s past job records, performance ratings, and salary details. “Blue-collar industry has the highest amount of

3M introduces Live Face Identification System

3M has introduced 3M Live Face Identification System, a facial recognition system designed to support public and private security teams tasked with keeping individuals safe. The system, which is both scalable and easily configurable, uses live video to match identities in real time. It automatically recognizes multiple faces simultaneously from live or imported footage in order to identify individual people from dynamic, uncontrolled environments. When the system finds a facial match in the database it immediately notifies any connected desktop

Documents reveal that cyberattack on biometric data could jeopardize security at Canadian borders

Canada Border Services Agency revealed in a new report that a cyberattack on their facial recognition or fingerprints databases could either prevent innocent travellers from entering the country or allow the wrong individuals in, according to a report by The Toronto Star. CBSA officials sent documents to Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale last November, emphasizing that they need to “keep pace with emerging security vulnerabilities” to systems controlling which individuals can cross Canadian borders. The documents repeatedly mentioned biometric data

Indian government demands Apple, OEMs adopt Aadhaar for mobile devices

India’s government is demanding that Apple open up its mobile devices and operating system to accommodate its Aadhaar biometric database, according to a recently published article in Patently Apple. According to the article, a few weeks ago, Indian government officials invited executives from Apple Inc., Microsoft Corp., Samsung Electronics Co. and Alphabet Inc.’s Google to a meeting to discuss embedding the Aadhaar system into their technology. While all the other firms attend, Apple did not appear. Apple has been noted

Local U.S. police use of “stop-and-spit” DNA collection unrestrained

According to an article published by ProPublica, over the last decade, collecting DNA from people who are not charged with, or suspected of any particular crime has become an increasingly routine practice for police in smaller cities in Florida, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and North Carolina. An investigation by the independent, Pulitzer-prizing winning, non-profit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest found that smaller police forces within those states have been building “databases of their own, often in partnership with

Israeli security report details attempts to obtain fake biometric ID cards

A new Israeli security report submitted to the Knesset has revealed that there have been 999 possible attempts by citizens to obtain fake identity cards or passports by deceiving the biometric database over the last three years, according to a report by Haaretz. The data, which was collected by the authority that manages the biometric database, shows that 662 samples sent by residents to the population bureaus contained the same fingerprint submitted for both the right and left hands. The

Developing countries demonstrate interest in Aadhaar model

According to a recent article published by the Economic Times, the World Bank has approached the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) to share its experiences on the implementation of India’s Aadhaar biometric identification scheme with other developing countries. The paper stated that Nigeria was the first country to send a team to India under the World Bank umbrella to study the Aadhaar model. The Economic Times also reported that UIDAI chief executive Ajay Bhushan Pandey said that another team