Ukrainian border guards collecting biometric data from international travelers

According to a State Border Guard Service statement, Ukraine has begun to collect biometric data from foreigners at the country’s border control points in an effort to ensure Ukraine’s state security, strengthen the control over the entry and the departure of foreigners and better monitor their compliance under the country’s rules-of-stay. Ukrainian border guards are collecting fingerprints from international travelers entering Ukraine and checking passports against several databases, including Interpol. The checks are compulsory for citizens from 71 countries in

Brazil adopts OSTP Alliance CIPURSE to protect personal data on new drivers’ license smartcards

Brazil has adopted CIPURSE, the OSPT Alliance’s non-proprietary, open standard for secure transaction solutions, to protect personal data including fingerprints and face photos on new drivers’ license cards. Under the new scheme, the cards will be readable by law enforcement officers with an NFC smartphone app, and card-holders can access financial services with fingerprint authentication. The card also allows for public transportation implementations. “CIPURSE was selected as it is a fast, easy to program, open and non-proprietary standard which is

Ukraine foreign visitors to have biometrics collected

In an effort to tighten control of the Ukrainian state border crossing, the country’s National Security and Defense Council is considering collecting biometrics of foreign visitors. According to a report in the Kyiv Post, President Petro Poroshenko said, “This is about tightening controls over the entry to, exit from and stay in Ukrainian territory of citizens of other countries: we are introducing biometrics control procedures for all individuals crossing the Ukrainian border. “We must collect biometrics, including fingerprints and a

Israel’s mandatory biometric ID system causes issues, lineups at airports

In the first month of Israel’s mandatory biometric identity documents initiative, 15 percent of applicants requesting new passports or identity cards have declined having their fingerprints added to the database, according to a report by Haaretz. Israel officially introduced the exclusive biometric passports and ID cards system on June 1, following several extensions of the pilot phase. Under the new procedures, a high-resolution facial photograph is automatically stored in the database, while the applicant is given the option to submit

ICBC deploys FacePhi technology for mobile banking authentication

FacePhi announced a new contract this week with the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC). ICBC will deploy FacePhi’s facial recognition technology, Selphi, to authenticate clients using the Chinese multinational banking company’s mobile app. ICBC Argentina will be the first bank in the country to implement facial biometrics in mobile banking. As of February 2017, ICBC is the largest bank in the world by total assets and the most valuable bank in the world by market capitalization. Earlier this

Equifax leverages facial recognition for document verification solution

Equifax has released its Document Verifier solution which uses facial recognition technology to provide faster identity authentication for financial product applications. Document Verifier authenticates the identity of an applicant within seconds by comparing a live image of the individual with a photograph of his or her passport or driving licence, both of which are captured by a smartphone or webcam enabled device. In addition, the automated technology can detect potential tampering or anomalies on official documents from over 200 countries.

UK biometrics commissioner criticizes plans for custody images database

The UK’s Biometrics Commissioner has condemned the government’s response to a High Court ruling from 2012, stating that the mass retention of custody images is unlawful. Last month the government proposed only that police forces delete on request millions of images of people who have not been convicted of any offence, illegally stored on a national police database Professor Paul Wiles told the Home Office that the public is entitled to more “independent oversight, transparency and assurance”, while urging ministers

Israeli government passes biometric database law

Earlier this week, the Knesset passed the biometric database law in its second and third readings after all concerns were addressed and resolved, according to a report by Israel National News. The move comes a couple months after the Knesset extended Israel’s biometric database pilot program until February 28, in light that the program will likely be approved, albeit with a few revisions. The bill, which saw a final vote of 39-29 in favor, was significantly revised from its initial

Mastercard brings biometric payments technology to Brazil & Mexico

Following successful implementations of its biometrics-based payments technology in 14 countries around the world, Mastercard’s Identity Check Mobile application is now available in Brazil and Mexico. Identity Check Mobile allows cardholders to authenticate online payments with their fingerprint or via facial recognition technology by taking a selfie on their smartphone. “We are focusing our efforts on simplifying the online payment experience, without compromising security,” said Ajay Bhalla, president of Enterprise Risk & Security, Mastercard. “We find ourselves before a milestone

French watchdog warns government about building biometric database

Following previous policing efforts against Facebook Inc and Google on data privacy, French watchdog organization CNIL is working towards ensuring that the government does not breach the privacy of citizens, according to a report by The Business Times. CNIL president Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin recently warned the French government against building a central database with fingerprints, photos and other personal information of nearly all its citizens. “Fighting terrorism is an undeniable priority and it may call for new tools, but new deployments