Majority of European consumers trust organizations using biometrics for online authentication

More than two in three Europeans (68 percent) would trust organizations more if they used biometrics for authentication, according to survey results released Tuesday by Unisys. The survey results indicate broad consumer support for biometric online authentication. Unisys surveyed 3,500 consumers in seven European countries about their opinions on the use of biometric authentication for online accounts and trust levels in organizations managing and storing their personal data. Their responses show 63 percent believe biometrics are stronger than traditional PIN

App developers use of iPhone X face data raises concerns among privacy experts

Privacy experts applauded Apple for assuring that facial data used to unlock its new iPhone X would be securely stored on solely the phone itself, however, these privacy promises do not apply to the thousands of app developers who will have access to facial data in order to create entertainment features for iPhone X users, according to a report by Reuters. Last month, Senator Al Franken expressed his appreciation to Apple for addressing his privacy and security concerns over the

U.S. Senator raises privacy and security concerns about Apple’s Face ID

U.S. Senator Al Franken has raised concerns regarding the privacy and security of Apple’s Face ID feature in its upcoming iPhone X smartphone, according to a report by Engadget. Franken recently penned a letter addressed to Apple CEO Tim Cook, containing several questions concerning the technology’s “eventual uses that may not be contemplated by” its customers. Apple stated during its keynote that Face ID information will be saved only be saved on the device itself. However, Senator Franken has asked

Acuant updates ID document library and improves image spoofing detection

Acuant has made significant improvements to its AssureID and mobile products, such as faster updates to its identity document library and adding new image spoofing detection technology. To meet customer demand, Acuant has added an optional data storage feature as well as support for Xamarin SDK and MySQL. AssureID now offers a more efficient process for users to access Acuant’s document library which is continuously updated with the latest version of IDs. The enhancement ensures that customers who are using

Lawsuit alleges supermarket chain violated Illinois’ biometrics info privacy law

Employees at Roundy’s Supermarkets, Inc. have filed a class action suit alleging that the supermarket chain violated Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA), according to a report by HRDive. The lawsuit claims the company’s practice of obtaining and storing employees’ fingerprints for timekeeping purposes does not meet adhere to the state’s BIPA requirements. Illinois’ BIPA requires employers to notify workers that their biometric data is being collected and retained, inform workers in writing the purpose and timeframe of collecting data,

IEEE researchers propose new cluster cloud framework for mobile biometrics

Researchers from the The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) created a high-performance cluster cloud framework to better manage the massive amounts of data related to mobile biometric authentication, according to a report by The Stack. The team conducted large-scale experimental tests (PDF) in which it used a cloud-based biometric authentication framework, or BAMCloud, to achieve a network speed performance that was more than eight times greater than alternate methods. Two other benefits of BAMCloud include achieving a performance

DHS investing in biometrics data storage to enhance customs enforcement

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is deploying biometrics data storage and surveillance to improve customs enforcement and make it easier for international travelers, according to a report by GCN. International air travel processing increased by 35.9 percent from fiscal year 2009 to 2016, according to the DHS. The DHS’ Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is implementing advanced technologies such as facial recognition software to keep pace with this rising demand for services. “We are working on facial recognition in

University of Surrey testing blockchain for wearable biometric data‎ storage and analysis

The University of Surrey has won funding for three blockchain initiatives focused on healthcare, voting and digital archives that will store and analyze wearable biometric data, according to a report by V3. The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) is providing the university with a total of £1.1 million (US$1.4 million) for three bids that use distributed ledger technology (DLT), the technology behind blockchain that is used in Bitcoin currency. The first project, ‘Co-operative Models for Evidence-based Healthcare Redistribution’

Report claims millions of Aadhaar registration and bank numbers compromised

According to the BBC News, a new report published by the Centre for Internet and Society claims that between 130 to 135 million numbers in India’s Aadhaar biometric registry system, and around 100 million bank numbers of pensioners and rural jobs-for-work beneficiaries, have been leaked online by four key government programs. Aadhaar is the 12-digit unique identification number issued by the Indian government to every individual resident of India. The Aadhaar project aims to provide a single, unique identifier which

UIDAI raising authentication capacity

The Unique Identification Authority of India, the governing agency in charge of Aadhaar, is acquiring new hardware to raise its authentication capacity to 100 million transactions a day, according to a report by the Economic Times. “Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) is in process of procurement of necessary hardware for enhancing its authentication capacity to 10 crore transactions a day,” P.P. Chaudhary, Minister of State for Electronics and IT, told Parliament in a response to an inquiry about how