Austin council member calling for mandatory fingerprint checks for Lyft and Uber drivers

Austin City Council Member Ann Kitchen is pushing for changes to be made to transportation network companies (TNC) regulations which would enforce Lyft and Uber drivers to be fingerprinted and to submit for background criminal history checks, according to a report by BizJournals. If these changes are made, it could have disastrous consequences for Lyft in particular. The ride hailing company recently ended operations in Houston, which has one of the most-comprehensive TNC ordinances in the country, after the city

Biometrics Institute issues new privacy guidelines

The Biometrics Institute has released its new privacy guidelines to its members to provide guidance on best-practice for biometrics and privacy. The non-profit organization first developed the guidelines back in November 2011 and regularly reviews the document to keep it relevant and up-to-date. “With a now global membership base, it was time to review the guidelines again,” said Isabelle Moeller, CEO of the Biometrics Institute, “and I am absolutely delighted with the work the Privacy Expert Group (PEG) completed to

Fighting organized online fraud

This is a guest post by Ryan Wilk, director of customer success at NuData Security The Office of Personnel Management and IRS data breaches this year have become all-too-common headlines. However, when it comes to government breaches, the effects can be particularly devastating due to the quantity and type of data involved as well as the sheer number of people affected. In the case of the IRS, over 220,000 taxpayers had their accounts accessed and fraudulent returns filed while hackers

New biometrics market research from TechNavio and Hexa Research

TechNavio has published two separate reports about the global hand geometry biometrics market and the biometrics market in BRIC countries, while Hexa Research has published a report examining the biometrics technology market based on application. Technavio’s “Global Hand Geometry Biometrics Market 2015-2019” report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the global hand geometry biometrics market for the period 2015-2019. Technavio’s analysts predict the global hand geometry biometrics market — which include sales , from sensors, scanners, software,

Australian government to invest $18.5m on national facial recognition system

The Australian federal government will invest $18.5 million in a new law enforcement facial recognition system called the National Facial Biometric Matching Capability, according to a report by Computerworld. The move comes a couple weeks after it was revealed that the Australian government is expected to roll out a new biometric system next year that will allow law enforcement agencies to share facial images amongst themselves. The new facial recognition system will allow government agencies to match images of unidentified

CyberExtruder releases new versions of facial recognition and reconstruction software

CyberExtruder announced it has released its new Aureus 3D facial reconstruction software, as well as version 5.0 of its facial recognition matching algorithm. The company claims that Aureus 3D facial reconstruction software successfully improves on facial recognition matching accuracy by 26.5% when compared to some of the leading 2D facial recognition products. The facial recognition matching accuracy results is taken from tests for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, which illustrates how Aureus 3D’s ability to generate a 3D representation

Allevate offering Tygart’s mobile face recognition system

Allevate Limited announced it is now offering Tygart Technology’s MXMOBILE facial recognition identification system for mobile devices to enable European government and law enforcement agencies to identify faces remotely. The move comes a day after Tygart Technology launched the MXMOBILE FaceID System, a mobile face recognition application designed for government agencies. Using MXMOBILE, government agencies will be able to access Tygart’s MXSERVER cloud-based face recognition system, which process large amounts of video and photo collections on agency-managed smartphones. MXMOBILE enables

MorphoTrak tattoo recognition algorithm places first in NIST evaluation

MorphoTrak announced that its tattoo recognition algorithm placed first in National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) “Tattoo Recognition Technology – Challenge (Tatt-C)” evaluation. Each NIST Tatt-C trial examined a crucial element of performance for an automated tattoo recognition solution. In the identification trials, the MorphoTrak algorithm was able to successfully identify different instances of the same tattoo on the same subject, collected over time. Additionally, MorphoTrak was successful in finding a small concentrated area within a larger tattoo, as

4th World BORDERPOL Congress

Trafficking: Human, Drug, Contraband and CBRNe at the 4th World BORDERPOL Congress Trafficking remains one of the major issues for border security and management agencies. Whether humans, drugs, contraband or CBRNe proliferation, trafficking provides major challenges that affects peoples lives and countries economies, whilst proving hugely profitable for organised criminal gangs. Different regional issues provide global challenges. Trafficking in human beings as a criminal enterprise has spiked in 2015. The well documented Mediterranean crisis has brought the global scourge of

In effort to expand biometric scheme, India says privacy not fundamental right

During the course of defending the legality of the Aadhaar biometric scheme before India’s Supreme Court this week, the chief lawyer for India’s central government argued that privacy is not a fundamental right bestowed by the country’s constitution. India’s government also asked the court to reconsider all Supreme Court judgments over the past two decades that defined privacy as a constitutional right. India’s central government made the argument in order to defend extending the use of the Aadhaar biometric system