Biometrics and banking, access control and fingerprint technology trending this week

Here is a recap of the most popular biometrics industry news that appeared on BiometricUpdate.com this past week. Financial services Wells Fargo has been recognized with the “Most Innovative Feature Award” for its mobile biometric authentication application in its Commercial Electronics Office (CEO) portal by Barlow Research’s 2016 Monarch Innovation Awards. The bank has combined multiple biometric characteristics, including face plus voice and eyeprint id, to significantly improve security while simplifying the user experience for mobile banking access. Morpho is

Fingerprint and passport data leaked in Philippines voter database breach

According to a report by Trend Micro, a massive breach of the database of the Philippines’ Commission on Elections (COMELEC) has leaked a huge number of voters personal identifiable information, including passport information and fingerprint data. “With 55 million registered voters in the Philippines, this leak may turn out as the biggest government related data breach in history, surpassing the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) hack last 2015 that leaked PII, including fingerprints and social security numbers (SSN) of 20

Philippines’ Comelec ordered to not drop 2.5M voters who failed to submit biometrics

The Philippines’ Supreme Court (SC) temporarily ordered the Commission on Elections (Comelec) not to disable the registration of 2.5 million voters who did not enroll their biometrics by the October 31st deadline for the 2016 elections, according to a report by Rappler.com. The move comes a month after the Comelec denied requests for postponing the deadline for voter registration, thus ending the 17-month registration period on October 31 for the May 2016 general elections. The Supreme Court’s temporary restraining order

Philippines’ Comelec ends biometrics registration for voters

The Philippines’ Commission on Elections (Comelec) denied requests for postponing the deadline for voter registration, thus ending the 17-month registration period on October 31 for the 2016 general elections, according to The Philippine Star. Last week, Ang Kabataan party-list group called on the Philippines’ Supreme Court to urge the Commission on Elections to extend the registration period to January 8, citing technical difficulties of the biometrics registration technology. “No extension. We gave the people a year and a half to

Philippines’ Supreme Court urged to extend biometric voter registration period

A group of students have called on the Philippines’ Supreme Court to urge the Commission on Elections to postpone the October 31 voter registration deadline for the 2016 general elections, citing technical difficulties of the biometrics registration technology, according to a report by The Standard. The students, led by Kabataan party-list Rep. Terry Ridon, sent a 24-page urgent petition to the Supreme Court requesting that they issue a mandatory injunction ordering the Comelec to postpone the deadline until January 8,

Inmates to be tracked by biometrics in Philippines prisons

The Philippines government introduced its first-ever electronic Inmate Management Information System (IMIS) to prevent prisoners in state penitentiaries from overstaying their service of sentence as a result of lost records or inaccurate computation, according to a report by Newsbytes.Ph. The system was implemented by the corrections component of the justice sector-wide National Justice Information System (NJIS), a program under the current Aquino administration. The new system was unveiled in a special ceremony led by Department of Justice secretary Leila De

Philippine National Police deploy NEC fingerprint identification system

NEC Corporation announced that NEC Philippines has deployed a new Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) for the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Manila in an effort to maintain a database of fingerprint records used for criminal identification purposes. The new AFIS will enable law enforcement to compare sets of fingerprints recovered from crime scenes and match them against a database of known and unknown fingerprints. The system provides three times faster search capabilities to identify crime suspects when compared to

IOM donates biometric recognition technology to Philippine Bureau of Immigration

The Philippine Bureau of Immigration (BI) has been provided with new anti-fraud detection equipment from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) that uses biometrics to spot fake travel documents and impostors, according to a report by Rappler. The “Verifier TD&B” imposter recognition solution acts as a standalone system so it will not have to be integrated into the Bureau’s existing technologies. The technology was donated by IOM, with funding from the Canadian government, as a security measure in combating the

Philippines calls on celebrities to promote biometric enrollment for upcoming election

The Philippines’ Commission on Elections (Comelec) has called on celebrities to encourage their fans on social media to register their biometrics data so that they will be able to vote in the 2016 presidential elections, according to a report by Inquirer.net With just five months left for citizens to enroll their biometrics information with the poll agency, Comelec spokesman James Jimenez posted on Twitter to get celebrities to create awareness for voter registration. “Dear celebrities on Twitter: Many of your

Philippines government to lease biometric voter verification system for 2016 election

The Philippines’ Commission on Elections (Comelec) announced it will lease a biometric voter verification (VVS) system for its upcoming 2016 national elections, according to a report by Rappler. The Comelec bids and awards committee (BAC) said it will lease a total of 23,000 VVS units for a fee of P90,000 (USD $ 2,028) each. In addition, the BAC said it will hire 4,135 technical support workers to facilitate the technology, for a total approved budget of P727.215 million ($16.5 million).