Australian law enforcement agencies want shared facial recognition database

Australian law enforcement agencies have come together to support a new plan to build a national facial recognition database that will compares faces against images on passports, visas and driver’s licences as an anti-organized crime tool, according to a report by IT News. Attorneys-General and police ministers from the Commonwealth, states and territories agreed Friday to a plan on a plan to fight cross-border criminal networks. The 2015-18 strategic plan will prioritize data sharing capabilities and the war against cybercrime,

Privacy and civil rights groups outline regulations for police body cameras

A coalition of over 30 privacy and civil rights organizations, including the NAACP and the American Civil Liberties Union, have released a list of recommended regulations for the use of police body cameras in the U.S., according to a report by the International Business Times. The new guidelines follow several incidents throughout the U.S. in which police body cameras failed to show what occurred during a shooting involving a police officer. The coalition offered five primary guidelines that encourage law

ImageWare selects ValidSoft’s voice biometrics solution

ValidSoft announced in an earnings call that ImageWare Systems has selected ValidSoft’s voice biometrics solution, which marks its third commercial customer contract this year. Previously reported, ValidSoft announced last month that a large US-based corporation with over 100,000 employees globally will use its user authentication platform with voice biometric technology to authenticate its out-of-office-based agents in the US. ValidSoft’s User Authentication Platform is the only voice biometric solution currently available that has achieved certification for a European data privacy seal.

TeraDact to protect data collected by PlateSmart’s LPR solution

License plate recognition (LPR) analytic solutions firm PlateSmart announced that they will integrate TeraDact’s patented Information Identification and Presentation (IIaP) capabilities, including the TeraDactor redaction engine, in to its “software only” license plate recognition (LPR) solutions for mobile and fixed security applications. Through the integration and a number of innovations to its software-only technology, PlateSmart is building the industry’s first completely auditable database search engine for Federal and state security agencies’ use. PlateSmart’s LPR solutions feature facial recognition, third-party database

Australian government to invest more in biometric border controls and national biometric database

The Australian government has allocated a total of AU$450 million to increase national security to provide different agencies with more funding, including AU$296 million toward boosting the technological capabilities of the nation’s intelligence-gathering agencies. The government will also provide AU$50 million to the new border protection service, the Australian Border Force, which will officially commence operation on July 1. Additionally, a further AU$164.8 million (USD $133.7 million) will go toward the nation’s immigration department over the next four years for

Banking on biometrics

This is a guest post by Steve Cook, Director of Business Development at Facebanx. The world of banking is changing forever! Yes, right before your eyes (excuse the pun) the way we will all be banking in the future is radically going to alter as well as disrupt our lives. OUT: goes the traditional password. IN: comes biometric authentication. Biometric banking will be here to stay and whether we like it or not, we had better get used to it,

Public drones equipped with facial recognition software raise privacy concerns

In a partnership with CNN, drone manufacturer PrecisionHawk and BNSF Railroad, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced it will test-fly an undisclosed number of small drones for collecting news, according to a report by Buzzfeed. The move follows a February drafting of FAA rules governing commercial drone operations across the country, which would require commercial drones to fly below altitudes of 500 feet and remain within the line of sight of the operator on the ground. Despite these requirements, the

Morpho joins Natural Security Alliance

Morpho (Safran) announced it has joined Natural Security Alliance, helping the organization to explore new biometric methods and strengthen mobile phone implementations. Natural Security Alliance’s biometric strong authentication standard makes it possible for users to access a range of electronic services while ensuring that they will retain full control of their biometric data and that their privacy will be protected. Through this standard, Natural Security Alliance has effectively defined the specifications for a strong authentication method involving a personal device

Consumers “creeped out” by targeted ads that use facial recognition: study

E-commerce recommendations firm RichRelevance released a new study called “Creepy or Cool”, which highlights consumer attitudes towards digital enhancements to the store shopping experience, such as facial recognition technology. The study finds that shoppers generally think it is cool to get digital help finding relevant products and information, as well as navigating the store. However, shoppers are “creeped out” by digital capabilities that identify, track and use location and demographics, such as targeted advertisements for consumers based on facial recognition,

University study shows Australians willing to sacrifice privacy for security

University of South Australia has released the results of two surveys which explore Australians’ attitudes towards security and privacy in which Australians admitted they are willing to sacrifice their privacy in exchange for better security, according to a report by In Daily. Conducted by UniSA’s Institute of Choice, the surveys were based on the feedback of about 600 people following last year’s synchronised anti-terrorism police raids and Sydney’s Lindt Cafe siege. More than 50 percent of respondents considered a range