K&L Gates launches biometric data compliance and defense practice

K&L Gates, a fully integrated global law firm with lawyers in five continents, has started a practice in biometric data compliance and defense. The biometrics data compliance and defense group will advise clients on issues stemming from the use of face, voice and iris recognition, fingerprints and hand geometry for authentication. Since Illinois passed the Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) in 2008, several other states have either enacted or are considering the passage of biometric information laws, with potentially sweeping

Advanced Discovery patents its facial recognition technology

Advanced Discovery has filed a patent covering facial recognition technology in eDiscovery workflows, designed to automate the review of large volumes of photographic images to identify a person’s presence and prioritize documents within attorney document reviews. The AI algorithm is capable of browsing through hundreds of thousands of faces in images spanning several years to recognize a specific face, according to a report by Legaltech news. Advanced Discovery has already made the technology available through e-discovery platforms, such as kCura’s

Facebook facial recognition lawsuit put on hold

Facebook Inc.’s attempts to evade legal action alleging it illegally collected biometric data using facial recognition software have been temporarily halted until the The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit makes its ruling in Spokeo, according to a report by Law 360. Facebook had requested the California federal court to dismiss a class action suit brought by Illinois users alleging that the company’s facial recognition and tagging features violate Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act, as well as

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

Minnesota Courts rule that suspects must provide fingerprint to unlock phones

Earlier this week, the Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled that a judge’s order instructing a man to submit his fingerprint in order to unlock his smartphone was constitutional, a move that is consistent with similar rulings across the country according to a report by TwinCities.com. The decision relates to a case involving a Minnesota man who attempted to have his burglary and theft convictions repealed in connection to a 2014 robbery in Chaska. The attorney for Matthew Diamond asserted that

Facebook claims it can collect user biometric data without consent

Ongoing advances in facial recognition technology enable companies to potentially profit from their user base’s biometric data, and privacy advocates have drawn a pattern in how Facebook and Google have sold users’ viewing histories for advertising, according to a report by Chicago Business. Both Facebook and Google state that collecting facial biometrics data isn’t against the law, even without the user’s consent. If judges side with Facebook and Google, the companies may be able to throw out any lawsuits filed

Documents reveal UK government’s out-of-court settlements over unlawful biometrics storage

The UK Home Office has been attempting to keep under wraps three out-of-court settlements with claimants who accused the police of unlawfully storing their biometric information, according to a report by The Register. Independent Biometrics Commissioner, Alastair MacGregor QC, overseeing the government’s use of biometric data, has repeatedly brought up issues in the past regarding the retention of the biometrics of arrested individuals. The Commissioner wrote in his annual report for 2015 that based on the PNC’s “limitations”, it was

Mastercard appeal denied in case over legal fees brought on by SmartMetric patent infringement case

SmartMetric announced yesterday that the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit denied the Mastercard appeal in which Mastercard appealed the ruling of the Federal Circuit Courts decision against Mastercard’s motion for legal fees of more than $1.5 million against SmartMetric. In 2013, U.S. District Judge Michael W. Fitzgerald in Los Angeles ruled that Visa and MasterCard did not infringe on a patent owned by SmartMetric. Visa and Mastercard then sought $3 million in legal fees and costs

EU finds some countries not fingerprinting migrants and refugees, starts legal procedures

The EU executive has started legal procedures against Croatia, Greece, and Italy for not registering migrants and refugees in the EU-wide fingerprint database, Eurodac, when they first arrive on the continent. According to reports in the EU Observer, between July 20 and the end of November, Frontex, the EU’s border agency, found that 65,000 migrants arrived by sea in Italy, but only 29,000 were fingerprinted and entered into the database. In Greece, 492,000 arrivals were registered and only 121,000 fingerprinted.

Rapid DNA data from IntegenX system used in court to secure conviction in murder trial

IntegenX announced that results from its RapidHIT system were used in a U.S. court to secure a conviction in an attempted murder case in Richland County, South Carolina. IntegenX said that is the first time in the U.S. that results from its RapidHIT® System were used in court to obtain a conviction. The RapidHIT System is a fully automated sample-to-answer system for STR-based human identification. The self-contained human identification system generates standardized DNA profiles from buccal swabs and other human