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

Jamaica to roll out national ID system by 2020

Jamaica is expected to finally conduct a complete roll-out of the National Identification System (NIDS) for Jamaicans and other residents by 2020, according to a report by the Jamaica Observer. Onika Miller, permanent secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister, told the Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC) of Parliament that the framework for NIDS is on track to be ready by this November. “Yes, the project has taken some time [but] now it is at a stage where

Nigeria’s Central bank extends biometric identification deadline

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has implemented a four-month extension to the Bank Verification Number (BVN) program, giving Nigerians until October 31st to enroll. The CBN and the bankers’ committee had previously set a June 30th deadline for enrollment in the biometric identification program, but as the deadline approached, it became clear that the extension was needed in order to give more banking customers an opportunity to participate in the enrolment exercise. The BVN registration process involves the capturing

Credence ID’s handheld biometric solution wins Frost & Sullivan award

Frost & Sullivan has awarded Credence ID with the 2015 Asia-Pacific Frost & Sullivan Entrepreneurial Company of the Year Award for its mobile biometric product suite, Trident. Credence ID’s Trident mobile product suite is a handheld tri-biometric solution that includes fingerprint recognition, face recognition, and iris recognition. The company’s Trident mobile device employs three sensors, including a smart card reader, face recognition sensor, and fingerprint sensor. Credence ID’s devices are all 3G, GPS and Wi-Fi enabled, and can link to

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