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.

U.S. Defense Department biometrics database upgraded

DOD Biometrics today announced that it has deployed an upgraded version of the Automated Biometrics Identification System, known as DOD ABIS. DOD ABIS is the DOD’s authoritative biometrics enterprise data repository. It allows combatant commanders, DOD agencies, and other federal and international partners to use fingerprints, palm prints, iris images, and facial images of non-U.S. threat forces to identify known or suspected adversaries. Known and suspected adversaries from the repository are compiled by partner agencies into biometrically-enabled watch lists, making

Unique Identification Authority of India sees 100 million Aadhaar numbers linked to bank accounts

The Unique Identification Authority of India announced that the number of Aadhaar numbers that are connected to bank accounts has reached 100 million, which enables these account holders to digitally receive subsidies and benefits from the government, according to a report by The Economic Times. Previously reported, India’s new government began examining new methods of expanding Aadhaar in September, including issuing bank accounts to all Indian households. As the largest biometric database in the world, the Aadhaar identity platform serves

Indian cab operators to introduce biometric verification of drivers

India’s government has implemented a new safety initiative that makes it mandatory for all radio fleet taxi operators in the country to provide biometric verification of their drivers, in light of the nation’s rising sex crimes which includes an alleged rape of a female passenger by an Uber taxi driver. Transport authorities in New Delhi have called on radio fleet taxi companies and web-based operators to submit the database of their drivers whose information need to be checked, as well

Biometrics will be used to screen Syrian rebels for U.S. training

The U.S. military will use biometrics to screen Syrian rebels for military training, according to a report in the Washington Post. Military officials note that the screening program will including cross-checking trainees’ names through U.S. and foreign intelligence databases, collecting biometric data and, when possible, seeking intelligence about the fighters themselves. Screening protocols will also include physiological and stress testing to ensure that fighters are competent to fight both Syrian troops and Islamic State terrorists. According to the Washington Post

Most popular biometrics news updates for the week ending November 30

Here’s a recap of most popular biometrics industry news that appeared on this past week. Biometrics news in review: biometrics for Umrah visa, mandatory biometric registration, facial recognition for law enforcement, U.S. Army contract, DHS secure communities, new fingerprint sensor markets, MINEX test results, new biometric authentication software, AndroidPay mobile payment. ICCI urges Saudi government to stop biometrics collection for Umrah visa applicants – The ICCI has requested the help of the government of Pakistani to urge the Saudi

Stockton, California police testing mobile biometric identification system

For the past four years, the Stockton Police Department in California has been undergoing a trial program involving a new handheld device that scans fingerprints, irises and other biometric data, according to a report by Emergency Management. The Mobile Biometric Device reads various biometric data in the field and transmits the information to remote databases to help investigators rapidly identify suspects and other subjects. The technology could potentially change the way U.S. law enforcement agencies, military and Homeland Security operations

Police take biometrics processing drunk drivers

Central District Police in Wellington, New Zealand recently began collecting the biometric data of individuals caught driving under the influence, according to a report by Wellington Scoop. The new system enables police officers to confirm the identities of alleged offenders by digitally capturing the fingerprints and photographs of individuals they intend to charge with an offence. The technology compares the biometric data against a database of existing police records then stores the new information for future reference. Central District Police

Home Office revises FABrIC tender

The Home Office announced earlier this week that its pre-tender notice for continuity of biometric service to support IDENT1 did not mention the Police ICT Company that was launched to lead technology procurement for UK forces, according to a report by Government Computing. At a market briefing event intended for all vendors seeking to temporarily oversee a forensic and biometric interim capability service (FABrIC), the Home Office listed the requirements for a supplier to operate and maintain FABrIC until a