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

INTERPOL World 2017 garners strong support from public and private sectors

The organizers of this summer’s INTERPOL World 2017 are already reporting strong support from public and private sectors. INTERPOL World provides a platform for collaborations, information sharing, innovations and solutions in response to security threats. The event takes a multi-stakeholder approach by engaging the government, private and public sectors to address future security menaces. At least 300 international manufacturers and solution providers will showcase their technologies to 10,000 security professionals and buyers from both public and private sectors. Market leaders

Antigua looks to make voters’ biometric information available to other agencies

Antigua’s government will debate a plan to implement a system for capturing, digitizing and archiving citizens’ fingerprints during the electoral process. The measure is intended to give several government agencies access to the national biometric database. According to a report in the Antigua Observer, the Minister of Information, Melford Nicholas, said that the amendment to the Representation of the People Amendment Act (2003) is primarily to facilitate the new policy of incorporating fingerprints into the biometric data that will be

New federal government contractors in Canada required to submit fingerprints to RCMP

New federal government contractors in Canada will now be required to submit their fingerprints electronically to the country’s national police force, the RCMP, to run a criminal history check in its database, according to a report by the CBC. Existing contractors working with the federal government will only have to submit their fingerprints if they need to upgrade or renew their security clearance. According to Public Services and Procurement Canada, the change is needed because the RCMP is concluding its

California bill calls for police surveillance technology to be approved before use

California may soon pass a third and more comprehensive measure that would provide greater public transparency for law enforcement’s use of surveillance technology, according to a report by State Scoop. Sponsored by Senator Jerry Hill (D), California Senate Bill 21 would require all state law enforcement agencies to present for approval their planned use of any surveillance technologies at a government-led public hearing, such as city council. Unlike SB 34 which relates to license plate readers, and SB 741 which

IARPA launching two programs aimed at making fingerprints more reliable biometrics

Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), the intelligence community’s research arm, will soon launch two programs designed to detect fake fingerprints and develop devices to collect fingerprint data without the aid of a human operator, according to a report by GCN. The Odin program, which is scheduled to begin with four prime developers in early March, will develop detection technologies that can spot presentation attacks on biometric devices that attempt to spoof physical biometric samples, said Chris Boehnen, senior program

European rights agency issues opinion on Eurodac revision

The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) published an opinion on the impact of proposed revisions to the Eurodac Regulation on children. European Parliament had requested the Agency’s opinion on a series of changes as its scope changes in response to the region’s illegal immigration crisis. Eurodac is the European Dactyloscopy fingerprint database, set up to examine applications for international protection. It was originally established in 2000, and updated in 2013. The system is used by EU and Schengen