Israel’s new national policy ensures fair use of biometric applications

Last week the Israeli government declared a national policy on biometric applications, enabling the fair use of biometric applications, according to a report by iHLS. The policy is designed to ensure a balance between the advantages and risks associated with the use biometric applications, making Israel the first country to implement a national policy regarding biometrics. Ram Walzer, Biometric Applications Commissioner in the Prime Minister’s Office, reported at the annual Secure Identification and Biometrics Conference that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

The need for dialogue: biometrics are good

This is a guest post by David Menzies, a writer and public relations consultant at Innovative Public Relations. The fact that biometrics – specifically fingerprints and facial recognition – were a large part of quickly identifying and helping to capture the New York City terror bomber, 28-year-old Ahmad Khan Rahami, likely does not surprise anyone involved in this particular market sector. A fingerprint on a pressure cooker, combined with video surveillance footage started the wheels turning and the rest, as

Documents reveal that cyberattack on biometric data could jeopardize security at Canadian borders

Canada Border Services Agency revealed in a new report that a cyberattack on their facial recognition or fingerprints databases could either prevent innocent travellers from entering the country or allow the wrong individuals in, according to a report by The Toronto Star. CBSA officials sent documents to Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale last November, emphasizing that they need to “keep pace with emerging security vulnerabilities” to systems controlling which individuals can cross Canadian borders. The documents repeatedly mentioned biometric data

Local U.S. police use of “stop-and-spit” DNA collection unrestrained

According to an article published by ProPublica, over the last decade, collecting DNA from people who are not charged with, or suspected of any particular crime has become an increasingly routine practice for police in smaller cities in Florida, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and North Carolina. An investigation by the independent, Pulitzer-prizing winning, non-profit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest found that smaller police forces within those states have been building “databases of their own, often in partnership with

Researchers train software to recognize pixelated faces

A team of scientists at the University of Texas at Austin and Cornell Tech have trained software to read or see what’s meant to be hidden in images, enabling it to read blurred or pixelated images of human faces, according to a report by Wired. The researchers said that they didn’t need to develop extensive new image uncloaking methodologies to perform these procedures. Instead, they discovered they could use mainstream machine learning methods in which they trained a computer with

DHS considering expanding biometric data collection at US borders

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is developing a plan to ramp up the amount of biometric data it collects at US borders in order to more closely track foreign visitors, according to a report by The Christian Science Monitor. The new plan seeks to implement more biometric scanners to collect fingerprints, facial images, and iris scans of travellers, raising concerns among privacy advocates that foreign visitors would be potentially subjected to digital fraud and unjustified surveillance. The agency is

ACLU against FBI request to access Ohio facial recognition database

The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio has recommended that the state denies the FBI from accessing its law-enforcement database due to privacy concerns over facial recognition technology, according to a report by AllGov. Public records requests have revealed email exchange between the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and the FBI discussing access to the state’s OHLEG database. In a letter sent Monday to Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, the ACLU of Ohio addressed its concerns regarding the FBI’s potential

Florida Hospital using PatientSecure biometric ID solution

Florida Hospital is using PatientSecure biometric identification technology to decrease paperwork, improve accuracy, and prevent identity theft, according to a report by Highlands Today. Using PatientSecure’s infrared light technology, Florida Hospital Heartland is able to scan and image veins in an individual’s palms to register and identify patients. The device then links the unique biometric characteristics to each patient’s electronic health record, verifying that the person is who they claim to be. “PatientSecure provides a safe, secure, confidential, and easy

App developers view biometrics as key to improving security

Market research firm Evans Data released its Mobile Development Survey 2016, which found that security is the top concern of developers creating apps for mobile devices. In addition, the survey found that developers view biometric authentication as the most promising current technology for improving the security and privacy of app. Biometrics authentication was selected by 36% of respondents, followed by on-device hardware encryption (25%), NFC-based authentication (18%), and on-device software encryption (14%). Evan Data conducted the survey in July, where

California bill would set security standards for protecting biometric data

A California politician has resurrected a one-year-old bill to set a standard for businesses to protect private consumer data, including biometric and geolocation data, according to a report by Bloomberg Law. In the last two weeks of the legislative session, assemblyman Mike Gatto (D) updated A.B. 83, in an effort to set new standards for businesses to practice reasonable security procedures and practices if they retain personal information. Made public on August 20 just days before the session’s August 31