FBI’s biometrics database to be exempt from parts of Privacy Act

The FBI has implemented a new rule which will prevent the public from finding out if their fingerprints, iris scans and other biometric information is stored in its Next Generation Identification system, according to a report by NextGov. The law enforcement agency’s Next Generation Identification system stores the biometric records of people who have undergone background checks for jobs, volunteer positions and military service, as well as of citizens who have criminal records. Effective August 31, the federal database will

Border biometrics a work in progress, former FBI executive says

Finding the right mix of biometrics to best secure America’s southern border is a work in progress, according to KeyLogic VP of National Security and Chief Information Officer J. Kevin Reid. His extensive career in IT engineering, financial and program management with CJIS and other FBI projects culminated with Reid serving as the Assistant Director of the IT Infrastructure Division of the FBI. He now helps KeyLogic provide high-end engineering, professional and research services to 13 agencies across the federal

FBI researchers match CT scan data with patient photos

According to a study conducted by researchers with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), facial images obtained from publicly available radiology scans are able to be matched to patients’ photos, raising privacy concerns, according to a report by Health Imaging. Connie Parks, MA, and Keith Monson, PhD, of the FBI’s counterterrorism and forensic science research unit, were able to easily match patients’ photos with facial images taken from publicly available radiology scans, such as head CT scans stored in open-access

Committee reviews U.S. law enforcement’s use of facial recognition technology

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Regulation held a bipartisan hearing Wednesday morning to review the use of facial recognition technology (FRT) by law enforcement agencies, particularly the policies of the FBI. The committee reviewed the current state of FRT, its many uses, benefits and challenges, and ultimately assessed whether any legislation is required. Last May, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report stating that the FBI should better ensure privacy and accuracy in its use of FRT,

EPIC files FOIA lawsuit against FBI over biometric database system

Privacy group Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) filed a lawsuit against the FBI, earlier this month, to force the agency to release all documents related to its plan to provide the Department of Defense with access to biometric information, according to a report by On the Wire. The biometric data — which includes fingerprints, iris images, and facial photos — is stored on the FBI’s Next Generation Identification system, which the agency has been using for a few years. “With

ACLU against FBI request to access Ohio facial recognition database

The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio has recommended that the state denies the FBI from accessing its law-enforcement database due to privacy concerns over facial recognition technology, according to a report by AllGov. Public records requests have revealed email exchange between the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and the FBI discussing access to the state’s OHLEG database. In a letter sent Monday to Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, the ACLU of Ohio addressed its concerns regarding the FBI’s potential

LIVETOUCH quattro from JENETRIC now FBI-certified

The LIVETOUCH quattro from JENETRIC has been FBI-certified for capturing rolled fingerprints. “Our LIVETOUCH quattro not only has an intelligent, error minimizing algorithm” says Roberto Wolfer, one of the founders and managing directors of JENETRIC. “The integrated user guidance, already simplifying the capture of plain fingerprints, now also supports officers during the roll capture process.” According to a company statement, officers don’t need to divide their attention between the rolled finger and an external screen to control the capture process.

Organizations respond to FBI’s call to exempt biometric ID database from privacy laws

Forty-six privacy, civil liberties, and immigrants’ rights organizations sent a letter to a group of senators and congressmen, urging their committees to hold oversight hearings to assess the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Next Generation Identification program and their use of biometric data. The letter also called on the committees to require the FBI’s compliance with the Privacy Act of 1974 and enforce ongoing public reports on the FBI’s use, collection, retention, and disclosure of biometric information. Addressed to Senators

Biometrics and border security, law enforcement and facial recognition trending this week

Here is a recap of the most popular biometrics industry news that appeared on BiometricUpdate.com this past week. Industry insight In a guest post, the Secure Identity and Biometrics Association discusses the rise of biometrics and identity management in the homeland security enterprise and its Biometrics and Identity Innovations Forum in Washington, D.C. later this month. In a guest post, David Gerulski, VP at Integrated Biometrics, discusses how the use of biometrics as an identifier is having a positive effect

Techshino optical fingerprint scanner FBI certified

Techshino announced that its optical fingerprint scanner TCO310 has passed the image quality specification test for Personal Identity Verification (PIV) single fingerprint capture devices by the FBI, making the TCO310 available for use in various government projects. According to a statement from the company, the TCO310 is a compact device which generates high quality fingerprint image for various authentication demands. Potential applications include ID authentication and time attendance management, information inquiry and alive status tracking for retirees, examinees identification, OA