Inner city bank leverages biometric technology to make banking more accessible

ATB Financial and Boyle Street Community Services have partnered to form community agency Four Directions Financial, which leverages biometric identification technology to make banking more accessible. The move marks the first time a company in Canada has deployed this approach for the underbanked. After more than a year of consultation with inner-city agencies, the companies formed Four Directions Financial to meet the unique financial needs of those individuals living in poverty. The company uses biometric technology to help provide them

Canada’s government coordinating biometric efforts

Canadian government agencies and police are coordinating the development of their biometric capabilities, according to a report published in Motherboard. Over the last year, Canada’s military, national police, border agency and intelligence establishment have reportedly been sharing information to “foster collaboration between federal departments and agencies that have an interest in biometric technologies and their application”, according to a National Defence spokesperson. The article notes that the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), the Canadian

Facial recognition kiosks installed at Ottawa International Airport

Passengers arriving on international flights to Canada’s Ottawa International Airport will have the option of using a self-serve facial recognition-based kiosk to expedite the arrival process, according to a report by the CBC. It was reported earlier this month that several Canadian airports would be implementing facial recognition technology in spring as part of Canada Border Services Agency’s new traveller screening program. The primary inspection kiosks verify a traveler’s identity by capturing a photo and comparing it to their passport

Canadian airports implementing facial recognition technology this spring

Major Canadian airports will be implementing facial recognition technology this spring as part of Canada Border Services Agency’s new traveller screening program, according to a report by the CBC. The self-service border clearance kiosks will identify all travellers entering and returning to Canada in an effort to streamline clearance procedures at the country’s airports. The new kiosks will eventually replace the more limited kiosks that are currently being used at airports. “The new kiosks will improve border security, as well

Canadian tax agency is now fingerprinting tax evasion suspects

The Canada Revenue Agency is now recording the fingerprints of every citizen charged with tax evasion and storing the information in a database, which could drastically limit foreign travel for all those suspected of criminal tax offence, according to a report by the CBC. “Introducing a mandatory fingerprinting policy would serve as a powerful deterrent to those considering committing a serious tax offence or those who may contemplate reoffending,” said an internal memorandum explaining the new measure. “The mobility restriction

Editorial calls for increased funding in Canada’s border security

In an editorial published in the National Post, John Ivison discussed the potential consequences of leaked FBI statistics revealing that more known or suspected terrorists are found at the Canadian border than at the Mexican, which were cited in a recent Daily Beast report. Ivison asserted that the leaked statistics could potentially harm Canada if the Trump administration takes notice, in the midst of their controversial immigration and refugees initiative to strengthen security at the nation’s borders. President Donald Trump

Canadian politicians lobbying against Trump’s biometric border screening initiative

Canada has started an under-the-radar lobbying campaign against the Trump administration’s planned biometric screening initiative for all visitors to the United States upon both entry and exit, according to a report by The Globe and Mail. The move follows last Friday’s executive order on immigration and refugees which also called for the Department of Homeland Security to expedite the completion of a biometric entry/exit tracking system. The expedited plans for the system could cause massive congestion of both people and

New federal government contractors in Canada required to submit fingerprints to RCMP

New federal government contractors in Canada will now be required to submit their fingerprints electronically to the country’s national police force, the RCMP, to run a criminal history check in its database, according to a report by the CBC. Existing contractors working with the federal government will only have to submit their fingerprints if they need to upgrade or renew their security clearance. According to Public Services and Procurement Canada, the change is needed because the RCMP is concluding its

RCMP currently examining use of DNA familial searching

According to a recent article in the Ottawa Sun, using family-member DNA searches could help solve Canadian cold cases. With the advent of highly detailed and accessible genetic databases, police forces can now search for DNA samples that are extremely similar, but which are not identical, to identity an unknown perpetrator. Utilizing this technique, law enforcement officials can attempt to analyze “familial matches” in DNA databases, in order to seek out other family members who are the real suspects of

Canada Border Services Agency’s use of facial recognition flags man with two identities

A Pakistan-born employee at an Alberta, Canada restaurant has been ordered to leave Canada after the Canada Border Services Agency’s (CBSA) facial recognition software analyzed his driver’s license photo and determined he is an entirely different person, according to a report by National Post. Farhan Mahmood, 38, contends that he is caught in an unusual circumstance where he and another man, Muhammad Irfan, 39, share the same face. However, CBSA said that its biometric technology detected a man who is