Competition on biometrics via eye movements opens submission period

The organizing committee of the Competition on Biometrics via Eye Movements (BioEye 2015) has announced that it has begun its submission period, which will run through until March 26 Previously reported, the BioEye 2015 competition was recently announced to give scientists and researchers the opportunity to use a common database of eye movements recorded using high quality standards. The evaluation datasets – which contain eye movement recordings that were captured using different visual stimuli and with different time intervals —

FBI’s CJIS used the NGI biometric system to identify Islamic State masked terrorist

The FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division (CJIS), which houses the Biometric Center of Excellence, played a large role in helping the Department of Defense identify a notorious Islamic State terrorist, according to a report by Defense One. Both the Washington Post and the BBC publically identified Mohammed Emwazi, also known as “Jihadi John,” as the Islamic State masked frontman who gruesomely executed at least five hostages on camera. Though the FBI has neither confirmed nor denied the identity of

SNEDAI partners with Zetes for biometric ID card registration and production

The Ivory Coast’s SNEDAI, the national company for the issuing of administrative identification documents, has partnered with Zetes to collect biometric details and produce identification cards for the four million people covered by the National Health Insurance Fund (CNAM), according to a report by Data News. The project is designed to ensure that the fund’s compensation system runs efficiently for members. For the next seven years, the company will be heavily focused on the production of cards for the CNAM.

Gulf countries working on developing an integrated biometric database

The six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) is working on an integrated biometric database that would allow the nations to share their country’s respective biometric data, according to a report by the Middle East North Africa Financial Network. The database, which will include data on all expats who have violated civil and criminal laws or been convicted or deported, is designed to prevent any convicted expatriate workers from re-entering a Gulf country if there is proof of their criminal involvement in

Kenya implements biometric registration for all citizens

The Kenyan government has implemented biometric registration for all citizens aged 12 and older, which should help prevent the duplication and mismanagement of funds for social services, according to a report by Capital FM. Previously reported, the Kenyan government announced in November it would be issuing citizens biometric identification cards connected to a national database to prevent the widespread use of bogus identification documents which has contributed to crimes such as human trafficking. The move to reduce the duplication and

UK police using biometric database without proper regulations in place

UK police forces are crosschecking suspects against a massive database that stores up to 18 million mugshots, all without having proper regulations in place, according to a report by Mail Online. Without notifying the Home Office or watchdogs, police forces across England and Wales have set up an enormous database of images – many of which were taken of individuals when they were arrested but not formally charged with a crime. Biometrics commissioner Alastair MacGregor is worried about the implications

Biometric database needed to fight Boko Haram: Nigerian government minister

A Nigerian government minister is seeking to enroll the entire country in a biometric database to curb the ongoing criminal activities of Islamist militants, according to a report by The Telegraph. Nigerian aviation minister Osita Chidoka said that establishing “a national data infrastructure” was the only way to protect the country from the Boko Haram terrorists which are located in northeast Nigeria. Chidoka said the country’s police and security forces have found it extremely difficult to monitor the group’s networks

Election Commission of India to synchronize Aadhaar with EPIC by 2016

The Election Commission of India has devised a plan to “embed” and synchronize the Aadhaar database with that of the Electoral Photo ID Card (EPIC) to help prevent duplication or forgery at election polls, according to a report by The Economic Times. Chief Election Commissioner H S Brahma said the poll panel has already begun the process by coordinating with the Aadhaar’s parent body UIDAI. He anticipates the plan to be fully implemented by early 2016. “We have decided to

UK law prohibits police from storing foreign criminals’ DNA and fingerprint records

The UK Commissioner for the Retention and Use of Biometric Material has published a new report that reveals that the DNA and fingerprint samples belonging to thousands of foreign crime suspects have been deleted from British databases because police are barred from storing details of offenders convicted abroad, according to a report by The Telegraph. In the report, Alastair MacGregor QC warned the UK public that they may be at risk because of the “obviously unsatisfactory state of affairs” which

UK Biometrics Commissioner releases annual report

UK Biometrics Commissioner Alastair R. MacGregor publicly released his first annual report yesterday. The Biometrics Commissioner is independent of the UK Government. His role is to keep under review the retention and use by the police of DNA samples, DNA profiles and fingerprints. The post was created in 2012 under the Protection of Freedoms Act. His report for 2013-2014 was submitted to the UK Home Office in November and a copy was provided to the UK Parliament on December 16.