UK government seeking fingerprint technology for law enforcement

The UK government is looking to meet with biometric technology firms to help determine existing marketplace capacity to provide fingerprint devices and capture software, which will be used by frontline law enforcement, according to a report by Government Computing. The move comes a few months after the Home Office announced it would provide more than £26 million in additional police transformation funding in support of 28 projects or technology plans over the next three years, including a joint forensics and

DHS providing Texas law enforcement access to biometric database for pilot program

The Department of Homeland Security is providing Texas law enforcement with access to its massive biometric database through a pilot program, according to a report by Texas Public Radio. For years, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) would uncover fingerprints from crime scene that would not find a match when compared to those stored in the FBI database, according to Patrick Nemeth, identity operations director at the agency’s Office of Biometric Identity Management (OBIM). “So they would start querying

Australian police to receive funding for hiring biometrics experts

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) will receive a AU$321.4 million (US$237.4 million) funding increase over four years under the Federal Budget 2017-18, which will partly be used to hire biometrics experts and secret online investigators, according to a report by ZDNet. In addition, the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) and the Australian Secret Intelligence Service will receive approximately AU$75 million (US$55.4 million) each for similar purposes. According to Justice Minister Michael Keenan, the funding will provide the AFP with the

The Coast Guard is using voice recognition to combat prank calls

The National Coast Guard is implementing voice recognition technology to combat the rise in fake distress calls that have been flooding the agency’s VHF radio channel in recent months, according to a report by The Verge. The agency is obligated to respond to every call considering there is a potential life at risk, which can be costly and time-consuming when it’s all for a childish joke. “We’re just getting more hoaxes every day,” says Lt. Gianfranco Palomba, who’s been tasked

Experts say constitutional protection for passwords doesn’t apply to biometric security measures

The face recognition security feature for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S8 will not have the same legal protection of a password, as constitutional protection for passwords typically do not apply to biometric security measures, according to a report by The Verge. Samsung confirmed last week that its upcoming Galaxy S8e will feature facial, iris and fingerprint recognition, enabling users to unlock the smartphone by scanning their face. Under the Fifth Amendment, which protects Americans from having to incriminate themselves, passwords

Privacy concerns raised over facial recognition technology in New York City

A recent New York Daily News opinion-editorial article by Clare Garvie and Alvaro Bedoya of the Center on Privacy & Technology at Georgetown Law drew attention to privacy concerns regarding Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s plans to acquire facial recognition technology to scan the 800,000 drivers that commute daily at the nine bridges and tunnels connecting the city’s boroughs. First announced last October, New York City’s MTA is currently in the early stages of acquiring face recognition technology. Residents of New York

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,

MorphoTrak cloud service gains traction with field experience

MorphoTrak‘s cloud solution for government and law enforcement agencies, MorphoCloud, was launched in October 2015, and the service is now evolving based on experience gained in the field. While the cloud inherently enables many potential benefits including high availability, performance, and security, the company has gained valuable experience with utilization in the field, which is increasing as agencies adopt MorphoCloud. Offering solutions delivered by the cloud is often referred to as using the “as-a-Service” label, which identifies it as free

Green Bit appoints new Sales VP

Green Bit Americas, Inc., a fast growing biometric fingerprint company, recently announced that it has appointed Nadia Reid as its new vice president for sales and business development. Green Bit designs and produces a complete catalogue of high-end FBI certified fingerprint livescan systems specifically designed for clients in law enforcement and government. The comprehensive livescan product portfolio addresses all applications requiring high quality fingerprint enrollment and identification. Reid will join the company to further develop its growing portfolio of regional

UK police told to remove images of innocent people from police database on request

The UK home secretary has ordered UK police agencies to delete on request millions of images of innocent people illegally stored on a national police database, according to a report by The Guardian. According to a Home Office review, police agencies used more than 19 million images and videos, otherwise known as custody images, of individuals they have arrested or questioned on the police national database. Despite a high court ruling in 2012 that made it unlawful for agencies to