Ride-share programs oppose fingerprint background checks in Austin

Ride sharing companies Uber and Lyft are fighting it out with Austin city council over fingerprint background checks. Last week, the city of Austin approved the creation of a “public-private partnership” called Thumbs up!, an opt-in program for ride-share drivers who want to pass a fingerprint background check to verify to potential clients that they have a clean history, according to a report by Re/code. With the new program, drivers and riders can have a fingerprint background check to verify

Sweden drafts law to share biometrics data with U.S. for crime prevention

Last Thursday, Sweden announced in a statement that it has moved closer to a deal with the United States that would see the two countries swap fingerprint data to tackle crime. The law drafted by the Swedish government would let authorities in both countries run fingerprint searches in each other’s databases but would require a formal request for access to a person’s name and other personal data. Interior Minister Anders Ygeman commented, “We are exchanging fingerprints with the United States

Biometrics firm Credence ID expands its leadership team

Biometrics firm Credence ID has expanded its leadership team with the addition of Robert Garrigan as its new Vice President of Sales and Business Development for the Americas. “We’ve seen steep increases in demand from our partner network for our mobile identity solutions for many applications throughout North, Central and South America. Refugee screening programs, law enforcement, voter ID, banking, insurance and healthcare have been particularly active in the Western Hemisphere and Rob brings a wealth of experience to the

Biometrics Technology Center speeding up local, state and federal criminal investigations

The FBI Biometrics Technology Center in North Central West Virginia opened for use last month with its first employees settled in just before Christmas. Supported by the late U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., the four story, 360,000 square foot, state-of-the art facility took about ten years in planning and construction due to the exacting standards needed for a highly secure compound. The FBI shares the facility with the Department of Defense. Employees at the facility work on cutting edge

Biometrics and law enforcement, facial recognition and national ID trending this week

Here is a recap of the most popular biometrics industry news that appeared on BiometricUpdate.com this past week. Facial recognition The Scottish Professional Football League has asked the government for financial support to introduce facial recognition technology to identify troublemakers in stadiums next season. The goal in implementing the technology, which could cost up to £4m, is to identify those guilty of violence, offensive singing, using pyrotechnics and exhibiting any other prohibited behaviour. U.S. Customs and Border Protection have started

Biometrics registration for SIM cards begins in Saudi Arabia

In an effort to restrict mobile phone users from taking part in activities that threaten national security, the Saudi Ministry of Interior will fingerprint anyone looking to buy a SIM card as a security measure, according to a report by the Middle East Eye. Fingerprint data will be shared with the kingdom’s National Information Centre to verify the identity of any buyer who purchases a SIM card. The new law, which was passed in September 2015, states that Saudis must

Scottish football league considers facial recognition to identify troublemakers

The Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL) has asked the government for financial support to introduce facial recognition technology to identify troublemakers in stadiums next season, according to a report by STV News. The goal in implementing the technology, which could cost up to £4m, is to identify those guilty of violence, offensive singing, using pyrotechnics and exhibiting any other prohibited behaviour. One proposal would see the creation of a database of fans who should be banned from stadiums across the

TSA partner MorphoTrust has enrolled two million Americans in TSA Precheck

Identity service provider MorphoTrust announced today that more than two million travelers have enrolled in the Transportation Security Administration’s TSA Precheck program through its IdentoGO centers. TSA Precheck is an expedited security screening program for American citizens. Precheck travelers do not need to remove shoes, laptops, liquids, belts or light jackets at security checkpoints. According to TSA’s privacy statement about the program, applicants are checked against law enforcement, immigration and intelligence databases, with the FBI checks criminal history records using

Victoria Police adding more Morpho livescan fingerprint and face capturing stations

Morpho (Safran) has been selected by Australia’s Victoria Police to provide additional biometrics capturing capability at up to 92 police stations across metropolitan and remote locations. “Morpho’s proven expertise in Australia played a major role in winning this new contract,” commented Tim Ferris, managing director of the local subsidiary Morpho Australasia. “We have been working closely with the Victoria Police for twelve years, and have already supplied 72 stations to record fingerprints and palmprints. By expending its fingerprint and facial

Facial recognition to be used at Ardh Kumbh

India’s Uttarakhand police is using facial recognition as part of its security measures to spot terrorists and criminal suspects in the crowds at Ardh Kumbh, a Hindu pilgrimage of faith. The security authorities at Ardh Kumbh will take photos of terrorists from the Intelligence Bureau database and add it to the application, which is linked to CCTV cameras. Senior railway officers have also been asked to ensure security of devotees in the trains arriving to Uttarakhand during the period of