FBI seeks to add Rapid DNA to biometric database

This week, the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation announced a plan to accelerate the collection of DNA profiles for the government’s massive new biometric identification database. The FBI Laboratory, along with the Bureau’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division, have said that they are actively collaborating to develop a streamlined approach towards automating DNA collection processes from qualifying “arrestees” and offenders that are in custody during arrest, booking or conviction. The goal of the FBI plan is to integrate “Rapid DNA”

Identify Security Software demonstrates biometric authentication platform

Identify Security Software announced it has released a new security authentication platform iDentifyME, which perpetually observes, records and updates the person’s appearance and unique biometric characteristics to verify his or her identity. Identify Security Software said that the iDentifyME platform provides a more accurate and secure identity authentication process than the current biometric practices of comparing photos of a person’s face, iris pattern or fingerprint. “In order to remove the burden of self identification from the client, the authentication process

What is Biometric Data Sharing? An Introduction & Overview

This is a guest post by Paul Coombes, Head of Commercial (EMEA) for Argus Global The Five Country Conference (FCC) High Value Data Sharing (HVDS) Protocol initiative was signed in 2009 to enable the exchange of biometric data between member countries – the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. In 2011 the UK and Ireland agreed to share biometric data from visa applications to fight illegal immigration. The goal of these programs is to exchange data

Guidelines for UK police chiefs on applications to retain & use biometric material

The UK’s National DNA Database Strategy Board has published guidelines for chief police officers when deciding whether to make an application to the biometrics commissioner for the retention and use of biometric material. Falling under section 63G of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984, the guidelines are intended to protect the rights of innocent UK citizens arrested in the course of an investigation, particularly in relation to their DNA profiles or fingerprints. According to the eight-page “Applications to the

FBI’s new NGI system leads to faster and more accurate responses

The FBI said that its new biometric identification system, Next Generation Identification, has resulted in faster and more accurate matches in the criminal history record database. Reported earlier this month, the FBI’s biometric identification system, Next Generation Identification, is now in full operational capability phase and replaced the previous repository for fingerprints entitled Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System. The new biometric identification system has already seen considerable improvements in accuracy rates on queries, which can be attributed to the new

Lumidigm demos biometric sensors at bank security conference in Miami

Lumidigm has been demonstrating fingerprint technology at CELAES 2014, the FELABAN Conference on Bank Security in Miami this week. Lumidigm’s products, which have been deployed at five of the top six banks in Brazil, continue to be used throughout banks and financial institutions in the Latin American market to significantly improve consumer experience and boost the security of ATM transactions. The company’s products are also being used to protect the security and privacy of other transactions such as those related

Health IT in the Cloud: Moving From “Nice to Have” to “Mandatory”

This is a guest post by Mohammad Shahnewaz, Senior Digital Marketing Specialist at M2SYS Technology. 83% of IT executives report they are using cloud services today for healthcare IT according to the 2014 HIMSS Analytics Cloud Survey. Health IT is moving to cloud and it’s no longer a “nice to have.” – It has become a necessity. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996 set in motion a series of strict compliance requirements for the healthcare industry.

Biometrics Institute informs UK Parliament about privacy concerns

Biometrics Institute announced it has made a submission to the UK government’s Science and Technology Committee addressing the need to establish and enforce guidelines regarding privacy and vulnerability assessments for the responsible use of biometrics. The submission is in response to the Committee’s call for submissions last month to its inquiry regarding the potential use and collection of biometric data, as well as whether or not the current regulations in this relatively new field are sufficient. In its submission, the

MorphoTrust gets pilot grant from NIST to create secure electronic ID

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has given MorphoTrust USA (Safran) a pilot grant to create an electronic ID to access online services with the same security, privacy protection and ability to authenticate identity as today’s face-to-face transactions. Through the pilot program, MorphoTrust will receive $1.47 million over the next two years to test the security, viability and interoperability of an electronic credential that encourages confidence, privacy, selection and innovation to meet the key principles of the White House’s

Preserving Privacy in an Age of Increased Surveillance – A Biometrics Perspective

27 October 2014 London, UK This workshop is hosted by IBM Emerging Technologies and will focus on privacy issues surrounding biometric technologies and applications helping to understand key concerns and trends, including impact of biometrics on privacy, privacy protection technologies and gaps in knowledge and practice. We will together reflect upon the many new threats and opportunities arising from the rapid increase in the channels of biometric data capture (e.g. sensors on mobile devices, Google Glass, …) and processing capabilities.