Security cameras in the UK will scan thousands of soccer fans’ faces in June

This is a guest post by Kayla Matthews, a biometrics and technology writer. From airport body scanners to metal detectors at museums, we’ve become accustomed to increasingly advanced forms of security in public places. However, security officials in the United Kingdom will take things to the next level by using security cameras with face scanners. Learn how this particular advancement might affect human safety, as well as how the security field has changed in recent years. Football Fans and Others

DHS providing Texas law enforcement access to biometric database for pilot program

The Department of Homeland Security is providing Texas law enforcement with access to its massive biometric database through a pilot program, according to a report by Texas Public Radio. For years, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) would uncover fingerprints from crime scene that would not find a match when compared to those stored in the FBI database, according to Patrick Nemeth, identity operations director at the agency’s Office of Biometric Identity Management (OBIM). “So they would start querying

Privacy group wants Australia to appoint a biometrics commissioner

The Australian Attorney General’s Department is planning to add up to 12 million passport photographs to its Face Verification Service this year, which has prompted recommendations from a privacy rights organization to appoint a biometric commissioner to protect the privacy of Australians, according to a report by Innovation Aus. Unveiled last November, the Face Verification Service (FVS) initially held only the citizenship images of those individuals born overseas who are applying for Australian citizenship. The image is provided as part

Thailand mobile operators ordered to enroll customer’s fingerprint ID

Three of Thailand’s largest mobile operators have been ordered to establish at least 600 service centers for new prepaid and postpaid mobile SIM card users to enroll their biometric information into a voluntary online fingerprint ID system, according to a report by Bankok Post. The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) have called on Advanced Info Service (AIS), Total Access Communication (DTAC) and True Move to provide fingerprint scanners at 200 service centers by next month. Operators who fail to

Indian gov’t says it won’t link Aadhaar to national security databases

The Indian government has stated that it will not link its Aadhaar biometric identification scheme with its national intelligence databases. Ravi Shankar Prasad, India’s Minister of Law and Justice, told the parliament on Monday: “Let me assure the house that Aadhaar’s linking with NATGRID is not there.” Aadhaar is the 12-digit unique identification number issued by the Indian government to every individual resident of India. The Aadhaar project aims to provide a single, unique identifier which captures all the demographic

Safran to consolidate Oman’s identification systems, deploy single multi-biometric platform

Safran Identity & Security has been selected by the Sultanate of Oman to consolidate the country’s civil identity, public security, border control and criminal identification systems in a single multi-biometric platform. Safran’s automated biometric information system (ABIS) platform will enable the various solutions to communicate with each other and manage all the biometric databases – fingerprint, facial recognition, iris and DNA – within a unified system. The ABIS will provide biometric services, including enrollment, identification and verification, on behalf of

Sri Lanka implements new biometric enrollment process for eID cards

Sri Lanka’s Department of Registration of Persons is aiming to collect the biometrics and biographical information of all citizens by the end of June, in preparation for the issuance of biometric electronic identity cards, according to a report by the Daily Mirror. P. Viyani Gunathilake, general commissioner of the Registration of Persons Department, said the old laminated identity cards were used since 1972. “The NICs used today have been changed at several occasions according to the requirements and special needs

Digital Rights Movement petitions against Israeli biometric database law

The Digital Rights Movement petitioned against the recently passed Biometric Database Law, declaring to the High Court of Justice that the law violates the privacy and security of citizens, according to a report by The Jerusalem Post. “From the moment the database went into effect, we all go on to the blacklist of potential suspects,” DRM lawyer Yonatan Klinger said. “The rule in our democracy until now has been very simple: if you did not break a law, you do

UK government’s position on facial biometrics database hit with liberal backlash

The UK government’s decision to allow police to store the facial biometric images of millions of innocent people on a massive database has drawn a number criticisms from UK civil liberties’ groups and the Liberal Democrats, according to a report by UK Authority. Independent biometrics commissioner Paul Wiles condemned the practice last week, stating that UK citizens are entitled to greater “independent oversight, transparency and assurance”. Wiles called on ministers to implement a ‘presumption of deletion’, which would make it

Committee reviews U.S. law enforcement’s use of facial recognition technology

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Regulation held a bipartisan hearing Wednesday morning to review the use of facial recognition technology (FRT) by law enforcement agencies, particularly the policies of the FBI. The committee reviewed the current state of FRT, its many uses, benefits and challenges, and ultimately assessed whether any legislation is required. Last May, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report stating that the FBI should better ensure privacy and accuracy in its use of FRT,