DHS outlines vision for improving operational efficiency through biometrics programs

The Department of Homeland Security has outlined its vision for how its biometric-based programs will help improve the agency’s operational efficiency over the next decade, according to a report by GCN. At the forefront of the agency’s biometrics program is its national biometric database, Automated Biometrics Identification System, which is joined by numerous research and development activities within the agency’s Science and Technology Directorate and operational components. The DHS’ strategic framework will be used to identify and align key initiatives

Australia to launch national facial recognition matching system in 2016

The Australian government is expected to roll out a new biometric system next year that will allow law enforcement agencies to share facial images amongst themselves, according to a report by ZDNet. The facial recognition system will deploy a one-to-one matching functionality to confirm identities of known individuals before gradually introducing additional functionality to match unknown individuals, said the Attorney-General’s department. “The technical architecture of the capability will adopt a hub-and-spoke model to facilitate ‘query and response’ matching requests between

Aadhaar court order holds up new Indian social programs

In the wake of India’s Supreme Court decision on Aadhaar, many social programs that relied upon the biometric database for citizen authentication are in jeopardy. As BiometricUpdate.com reported earlier this month, the court placed a cease order on the national Indian government concerning its use of Aadhaar data. Under the new court order, the use of Aadhaar is restricted to the distribution of liquid propane gas, kerosene and food grains. India’s Supreme Court also ordered that any additional data collected

Rapid DNA results uploaded for the first time to UK’s DNA database

Rapid human DNA identification technology firm IntegenX announced that The National DNA Database (NDNAD) had forensic DNA profiles uploaded from the RapidHIT System, making it the second major national database to complete such a task. Established in the United Kingdom in 1995, the NDNAD database currently contains more than five million forensic DNA profiles. The samples that were uploaded using the RapidHIT System were taken from individuals suspected of a crime or in custody. Key Forensic Services processed the samples

FBI clarifies facial recognition technology use in New York Times letter

The New York Times published an editorial-opinion letter written by Amy Hess, executive assistant director of the FBI’s science and technology division, which clarified several points regarding the FBI’s Next Generation Identification technology’s use of facial recognition analysis. The letter was in response to a Times article entitled “Police Depts. Using ID Tool Honed in War” that appeared on the publication’s front page on August 13. The Times piece focused mainly on the San Diego Police Department’s alleged misuse of

Nigerian government recommends unified biometric data collection and usage

Upon reading a briefing on the activities of the National Population Commission (NPC), Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari recommended that government agencies share the biometric data of citizens through a unified collection and usage procedure, according to a report by All Africa. “It will be more cost effective if you work together,” said President Muhammadu Buhari. “It helps even the credibility of the election process, as Nigerians of voting age can be identified easily.” President Buhari questioned the government agencies for

India instituting national fingerprint database for criminal ID

India’s Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has decided to set up a national fingerprint database of nearly 28 million criminals and individuals who have been arrested by collecting biometric data from all the states, according to a report by The Economic Times. The database is intended to help in quickly identifying criminals as well as investigate crimes across India. Currently, the Central Finger Print Bureau (CPFB) contains over 970,000 fingerprint records of convicted or arrested persons. Despite this, the central

Facebook facial recognition class action cases moved from Chicago to San Francisco

Three class actions against Facebook over allegations that the social media giant’s tag suggestion feature violates users’ privacy rights, have been moved from Chicago’s federal courts to San Francisco’s, according to a report by Cook County Record. Last week, U.S. District Judge James B. Zagel granted Facebook’s request to transfer the cases filed this spring in the Northern District of Illinois in Chicago to the Northern District of California. The attorneys for the plaintiffs also supported the request to transfer

Shutterfly calls for dismissal of lawsuit involving facial recognition database

Shutterfly is requesting a federal judge in Illinois to throw out a lawsuit that alleges the photo-book service is violating a law that restricts the way that companies gather biometric data, according to a report by Media Post. “Helping a user re-identify his own friends within his own digital photo album does not violate any law,” Shutterfly writes in a dismissal motion filed on Friday with U.S. District Court Judge Charles Norgle. The move is in response to a class

Japan grants Kyrgyzstan biometrics technology

Japan is donating about $6 million worth of biometric technology equipment to aid in a biometric registration project for citizens. A law was passed in Kyrgyzstan last year for a nationwide biometric data registration program. Included is 3,000 laptops, 3,000 fingerprint scanners, a server and networking equipment. Vice Prime Minister Tairbek Sarpashev has also indicated that a new elections model utilizing biometric data will be tested across Kyrgyzstan throughout the month of August.