Digital Rights Movement report criticizes Israel’s national biometric database

The Digital Rights Movement has published a new report that criticizes the biometric database that Israel’s Interior Ministry is currently trialing, identifying a number of defects that could potentially result in data being leaked from the system, according to a report by Haaretz. The move comes a couple of months after Israel Interior Minister Gilad Erdan presented legislation to enforce a mandatory national biometric identification system. The new report, authored by computer and information security experts, is released in advance

Scottish Police admit to using facial recognition software, maintaining image database

Police Scotland has admitted to using face recognition technology to identify individuals captured on CCTV cameras and from other sources, as well as retaining these images in a database, according to a report by Computing. In a statement in response to a freedom of information (FoI) request, Police Scotland said it has used the technology 440 times, in addition to maintaining a database of 334,000 photographs of individuals taken into custody. The police force has defended its use of facial

ID4Africa: 1st Government Forum on Electronic Identity in Africa

2-4 June 2015 Dar es Salaam, Tanzania On 2-4 June 2015, the National Identification Authority (NIDA) of the Ministry of Home Affairs of Tanzania, together with APSCA and the Identity Counsel International will host the 1st Government Forum on Electronic Identity in Africa, in Dar es Salaam, Tanazania. The theme is “How National eID can Support Social and Economic Development”. This inaugural event under ID4Africa will focus on digital identity (eID) and its applications for driving socio-economic development in Africa;

U.S. government biometrics spend to reach US$8.6 B by 2020: ABI Research

ABI Research has published a new report in which it forecasts that U.S. governmental biometric expenditures will reach US$8.6 billion by 2020. “While the enterprise and consumer electronics market segments are increasing sharply, governmental spending still forms the largest portion of biometric expenditures,” said ABI Research analyst Dimitrios Pavlakis. “Revenue growth is primarily driven by law enforcement and civil applications, namely border control, access control, work force management, and biometric national ID initiatives—each with their own unique pitfalls and opportunities.”

TT Services executive shares insights about biometrics

TT Services’ announced that global projects coordinator Bill Sillery shared his insights into the current and future state of biometrics in the latest April issue of New Zealand Security Magazine. Sillery has significant experience in the biometrics industry, having previously served as a senior advisor to Citizenship and Immigration Canada for its Temporary Residents Biometric Project. Before that he was a solution architect for the UK visa biometric enrollment system and National Identity Cards scheme, and was a member of

Iran VP calls on ICT Ministry to study electronic ID program

Iran first vice president Eshaq Jahangiri has called on the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (ICT) to research the various executive and technical components of a new initiative to implement a nationwide biometric ID program, according to the Tehran Times. The ID program would comprise of a national ID website as well as the issuing of electronic ID cards, according to Khabar Farsi news website. Jahangiri recently met with the ministers of ICT, industry, education, economy, along with vice

Bank Muscat deploys biometric identification system at branches

Bank Muscat has partnered with the Royal Oman Police to launch a biometric identification system to improve customer service in branch transactions, according to a report by Times of Oman. Bank Muscat’s new biometric system is compatible with the Sultanate’s national identification card, making it the first of its kind in the banking sector in Oman. To authenticate banking transactions at Bank Muscat branches, customers must insert their national identification card in the biometric machine and validate their identity by

Economic Community of West African States biometric identity card program to launch in 2016

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) biometric identity card program will launch in 2016. Previously reported, leaders within the sub-region at the Economic Community of West African States proposed in July to replace residence permits with biometric identification cards. Designed to ensure the unrestricted movement of citizens from member nations of the community, the new biometric identity card program will replace the travel certificate that is currently in use. The ID card will circulate alongside the national identity

Unique Identification Authority of India sees 100 million Aadhaar numbers linked to bank accounts

The Unique Identification Authority of India announced that the number of Aadhaar numbers that are connected to bank accounts has reached 100 million, which enables these account holders to digitally receive subsidies and benefits from the government, according to a report by The Economic Times. Previously reported, India’s new government began examining new methods of expanding Aadhaar in September, including issuing bank accounts to all Indian households. As the largest biometric database in the world, the Aadhaar identity platform serves

SecuGen releases contactless smartcard and optical fingerprint reader dual solution

SecuGen announced it has released its new dual solution, Hamster Pro Duo/CL, which combines a contactless smartcard reader with an optical fingerprint reader that is both FAP 20 Mobile ID and PIV certified. Previously reported, SecuGen first announced in August it would be releasing a new device that combines a contactless smartcard reader with SecuGen’s FAP 20 certified, optical fingerprint sensor, the U20. Designed for projects such as National ID programs that require a contactless smartcard to store a fingerprint