Colorado bill would prevent drones from collecting biometrics without warrant

A proposed Colorado bill would require law enforcement to obtain a warrant before using a drone, as well as ban drones from using facial recognition or other biometric technology on individuals unspecified in the warrant, according to a blog post by the Tenth Amendment Center. Introduced by State Senators Linda Newell and Kevin Lundberg, Senate Bill 15-059, the proposed bill also states that law enforcement must destroy any biometric data collected on any individual not included in the warrant within

Plans to link Aadhaar numbers, biometrics to digital identity raises privacy concerns

At a meeting of the India-U.S. Information and Communications Technologies Working Group last week, members discussed the process of establishing the ”Digital India” initiative that strives to provide every Indian citizen with broadband connection by December 2016. The Digital India initiative also envisions a “cradle-to-grave digital identity” that is unique, lifelong, and authenticable according to a blog post by the Center for Democracy and Technology. The Indian government plans to use Aadhaar numbers to digitally link every Indian citizen to

NSA publishes declassified surveillance reports that detail US privacy breaches

The National Security Agency quietly published several surveillance reports on December 23 that spanned more than a decade, some of which detailed U.S. citizens whose private information was “inadvertently” breached, according to a report by CNBC. The documents, required by the President’s Intelligence Oversight Board, were published to protect disclosures of sensitive information. Though entire sections of text were blanked out to omit specific names, programs or occurrences of privacy violations, the documents reveal several situations where analysts “erroneously” collected

RightPatient recognized at Fierce Innovation Awards for patient identity management and engagement platform

RightPatient announced it has received top honors in the “Best in Show” category, as well as an overall award of “Best in Show: Fiercest Engagement Solution for its patient identity management and engagement platform at this year’s Fierce Innovation Awards: Healthcare Edition. The RightPatient platform provides flexible and scalable biometric patient safety, patient data integrity, and patient engagement system, with support for any form of biometrics, including fingerprint, finger vein, palm vein, iris, facial, and voice recognition The identity management

Macy’s launches line of bags, briefcases and wallets integrated with fingerprint recognition

Macy’s, Inc. has launched a new line of luxury handbags, briefcases, and wallets that are integrated with fingerprint recognition, RFID blocking technology, and GPS technology that are designed to protect the consumer’s private possessions. Design by Macy’s first luxury technology designer, Royce Leather CEO Andrew Royce Bauer, the collection features the world’s first security bag integrated with DNA based fingerprint technology. Featuring hand-milled hardware coupled with Italian Saffiano Leather, the Royce Leather Freedom Briefcase enables only a single user to

Technologies for biometrics and wearables are accelerating change

This is a guest post by Chuck Brooks, Vice President/Client Executive for DHS at Xerox Our increasingly hyper-connected world is becoming even more connected and personal with the emerging generation of technologies for “wearables.” Advanced sensor technologies are being miniaturized, made flexible, and attachable to our bodies. These new technologies and their biometric components will have significant implications on the future of health, security, and how we conduct commerce. Most of us are familiar with Google Glass, Samsung Galaxy Gear

Stakeholders work towards establishing facial recognition guidelines

Consumer protection and privacy organization Center For Digital Democracy and NTIA are attempting to establish voluntary guidelines for the use of facial recognition software, according to a report by Broadcasting & Cable. Earlier this week, the stakeholders met at the Commerce Department where the National Telecommunications & Information Administration’s (NTIA) John Verdi moderated a discussion to address language on important concerns including data retention/disposal, security and deletion. Center For Digital Democracy (CDD) executive director Jeff Chester emphasized that there ought

Washington State city considers implementing new fingerprint ID system

Mercer Island, Washington is contemplating on signing an interlocal agreement with King County to install fingerprint identification systems in police cars that are designed to improve efficiency, according to a report by Mercer Island Reporter. Provided by the County, the new $1,150 mobile ID devices are designed to help police officers identify suspects in the field that are lying about their names or other key information. Remote searches are able to provide an ID response in under two minutes, which

Italian data protection authority introduces new privacy rules on biometric data

Italian data protection authority, the Garante, recently issued a new set of privacy rules designed for facilitating the processing of biometric data, according to a report by Gaming Tech Law. With the Internet of Things technologies and specifically biometric wearables significantly relying on the processing of biometric data, the Garante has introduced the new rules to aid companies in developing these technologies. First, the provision to the data subject of a privacy information notice must now list key information, including

GCHQ former head warns smartphone users to be careful with their personal data

Sir John Adye, the former head of UK intelligence and security agency GCHQ, is warning smartphone users to be careful with handling their personal data, according to a report by Tech Week Europe. Adye said that there should be greater control and supervision of smartphones that feature biometric security functions like fingerprint recognition, such as Apple’s iPhone 6. Though he is all for the new security features, Adye said that it is unclear as to what happens to individual’s personal