Privacy advocates criticize Facebook’s facial recognition policy, NTIA meetings continue

Facebook’s use of facial recognition technology is once again under criticism from privacy advocates, who have argued that the technology should only be used with explicit permission, according to a report by Bloomberg. Facebook has long defended its use of facial recognition technology for its “tag suggestions” photo feature, which is automatically turned on when U.S. users sign up for a Facebook account. The social media network disabled the feature in Europe and Canada after privacy advocate groups raised concerns.

Biometric authentication to eliminate PIN and passwords: BBVA Compass report

BBVA Compass has released a new report entitled “Biometrics: the Future of Mobile Payments,” which finds that a new wave of capital and new technology based on biometrics, physiological and behavioral authentication is quickly replacing PINs and passwords. Smartphone users are rapidly adopting biometric authentication technology, which could eventually revolutionize the banking industry, the economists write in the report. “Biometric authentication is growing at a fast pace and shows great potential to protect individual data and enhance customer experience, particularly

FIDO Alliance names ING, USAA board members, hosting Q&A webinar

The FIDO (Fast IDentity Online) Alliance announced that ING in Europe and USAA in the U.S have joined its board of directors. ING in Europe and USAA in the U.S. join the 25-member FIDO board of directors, which also includes financial institutions Bank of America, Discover, MasterCard, PayPal, and Visa, FIDO is seeing strong momentum from the financial services (FS) sector with several financial services expressing interest in joining FIDO since PayPal first joined in 2013 to establish the FIDO

Government of Georgia, FBI to share biometrics in effort to combat crime and terrorism

Georgian and American law enforcement agencies are expanding on their partnership to ensure that both parties can share information and investigate criminal cases more effectively, according to a report by Agenda.GE. Georgia’s Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) and the United States’ Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have signed a new agreement to cooperate in the investigation of criminal cases. Signed by Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs Archil Talakvadze and FBI legal attaché Kathleen Canning, the document ensures that the countries

Researchers develop facial recognition method that works in the dark

Researchers at the Institute of Anthropomatics & Robotics and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology have developed a new facial recognition method that uses thermal signature to recognize faces in the dark, according to a report by Gizmodo. In the new study, the researchers use a new method that matches a regular visible light image of a face with an infrared image counterpart of the face. The researchers used a “deep neural network” — computer programs that are designed to emulate the

Precise Biometrics integrates Precise BioMatch Mobile in new smartphone

Precise Biometrics announced that it has partnered with Fingerprint Cards (FPC) to integrate its Precise BioMatch Mobile in yet another smartphone whose name was not disclosed. This marks the tenth time in the past year that Precise BioMatch Mobile has been launched within a smartphone model. From the third quarter of the year, this latest integration will generate license revenue, whose value will be determined based on the number of sensors FPC delivers to the mobile phone manufacturer. ”We have

Wells Fargo sees big opportunity in biometrics

Wells Fargo has formed a new Innovation Group, which will work in partnership with its major businesses to meet the continually changing needs of customer and ensure it is one step ahead of its competitors, according to a report by Forbes. The Innovation Group will focus on five areas, including research and development, innovation strategies, payment strategies, design and delivery and analytics. The division will be led by Steve Ellis, who believes that by integrating biometric technologies, the bank would

UK consumers find facial recognition-driven targeted ads “creepy”: RichRelevance report

RichRelevance published a new UK study, “Creepy or Cool” that reveals that 70% of UK shoppers find facial recognition technology that identifies age and gender in order to display product recommendations “creepy”. The study, which surveyed 1,049 consumers in the UK about their attitudes towards digital enhancements to the store shopping experience, found that 72% of UK consumers find personalization of product recommendations based on purchasing habits a “cool” capability. RichRelevance analysts calculated the “Creepy” score by taking the total

San Jose airport pilots CLEAR iris and fingerprint recognition technologies

Alaska Airlines is nearly four months into a new pilot program in which it is using CLEAR’s biometric authentication technology to verify the identities of frequent travellers flying out of Mineta San Jose International Airport instead of checking their IDs and boarding passes, according to a report by the San Jose Mercury News. The pilot project, which quietly launched in April, uses CLEAR’s iris recognition and fingerprint recognition technologies to authorize the identities of 200 frequent travellers departing from the

Fiserv to integrate Fujitsu palm vein biometrics technology

Fujitsu Frontech North America announced it has partnered with Fiserv to integrate Fujitsu’s PalmSecure biometric technology into Fiserv’s DNA account processing platform. Fujitsu’s PalmSecure biometric palm vein sensor identifies accountholders across multiple delivery channels. The Fiserv integration will initially facilitate the authentication of accountholders in the branch to provide positive identity verification for a range of activities, including withdrawing funds or accessing a safety deposit box. “We are extremely excited to be partnering with a company like Fiserv, which provides