Australia adds drivers’ license photos to national facial recognition system

Data from drivers’ licenses will be added to the Australian government’s biometric databases after it reached an agreement with state and territory governments, the New Daily reports. The $21 million AUD ($16.7 million) national facial recognition system is meant to combat terrorism and secure commercial services, but University of Wollongong IT and law professor Katina Michael warns that the system could associate innocent individuals with serious criminal investigations because of the way it is set up. “(W)hat you get returned

Philippines issuing 500k biometric driver’s licenses per month

The Philippines Land Transport Office (LTO) has completed the nationwide launch its new biometric driver’s licenses, which are supplied by Dermalog, and is now issuing 500,000 per month, the company announced Wednesday. The LTO began issuing the first of the new cards, which include 32 security features and fingerprint biometrics, in the Metro Manilla area 3 months ago. “We are happy that the new system is replacing the backlog of the old paper based intermediate driver´s licenses very fast and

Gemalto, UTCID work together to improve security, identity and privacy

Gemalto has entered into a partnership with the Center for Identity at the University of Texas at Austin (UTCID) to further efforts in research and education on identity management, privacy and security. UTCID was established in 2010 to educate industry players and the public, forecast threats, and share best practices. With this partnership, Gemalto and UTCID will focus on the following research topics to provide new options for industry players: biometrics as a solution for identity management and authentication; benefits

Six states will trial digital driver’s license tests in 2018

The governments of six states — including Iowa, Colorado, Idaho, Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Wyoming — will begin trialing digital and mobile driver’s license tests in 2018, according to a report by Government Technology. In what is perhaps the most notable plans of the six states, Iowa is collaborating with IDEMIA to introduce the mobile drivers’ licenses (mDLs) to iOS and Android users, as well as develop the biometric technology to access the app. Officials in all six states hope

Australian government seeks to expand facial recognition system

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will call on state and territory governments to disclose driver’s licence photos for use in a national facial recognition system, according to a report by IT News. The initial phase of the facial recognition system – the face verification service (FVS) – was implemented last year, soon after it received $18.5 million in funding. FVS is designed to decrease cross-border criminal activities by allowing law enforcement agencies share the facial images of citizens in order

Wyoming joins Gemalto’s digital driver’s license pilot program

Gemalto announced Wyoming’s recent decision to join four other jurisdictions participate in a pilot for digital driver’s licenses (DDLs). The state will join Colorado, Idaho, Maryland and Washington D.C. for the pilot, which originally stemmed from a government grant Gemalto received last year to develop a smartphone-based credential. This latest partnership includes a two year grant from the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), which leads the country’s National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace, an effort focused

Dermalog seeking more biometric ID and security deals in the Philippines

Dermalog Identification Systems GmbH is seeking more opportunities in the Philippines’ identification and security sectors after providing biometric-enabled drivers’ license cards for the country, according to a report by Business Mirror. “We have helped to shape the world of security through our innovations, and we see many areas where the Philippines can benefit from our technology,” Dermalog CEO Gunther Mull said. “From border control systems to e-passports and ID cards, we are ready to support the government.” The company currently

MorphoTrust study finds most Americans are ready for mobile biometric driver’s licenses

Radius Global Market Research and MorphoTrust USA have released a new research study which reveals that the majority of the U.S. public is ready for the traditional plastic driver’s license to go mobile. The survey polled nearly 4,000 consumers with a smartphone and have a valid driver’s license or state identification card, ranging in age, gender, region and income across the U.S. The study showed the public’s increased and widespread acceptance for using biometrics, including fingerprints and facial recognition, as

OT-Morpho launches digital license and face authentication platform

Morpho Australasia, a subsidiary of OT-Morpho, has launched License2Go, a digital license and face authentication platform that allows the holders to store identification documents in their smartphone. The main license app is complemented by a verification app, which allows police or others requiring ID checks to verify the details of the license holder without needing to hold the device. License2Go works on the principle of privacy by design, ensuring that the device owner is continuously in control of personal data

Vermont AG says DMV facial recognition program violates state law

The Vermont attorney general has determined that the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles’ use of facial recognition technology is not fully compliant with state law and that the program should continue to be suspended unless the Legislature gives the DMV authority to use biometric technology. Earlier this year the ACLU raised concerns that the program, which includes 2.7 million images of license applicants and has previously been shared with police, is in violation of a Vermont law that prohibits using