India’s Supreme Court hears Aadhaar biometric ID privacy case

India’s Supreme Court is trying to determine whether citizens are entitled to privacy as a fundamental right in a case that could greatly impact the nation’s Aadhaar 12-digit biometric identity program and several global technology firms, according to a report by Bloomberg. The government’s legal basis of the Aadhaar program has been met with a huge backlash from activists, lawyers and politicians alike, with the Supreme Court in New Delhi tasked with assessing whether the system should be eliminated or

D-ID develops tools to address face recognition’s privacy issues

In an effort to address privacy issues related to the use of face recognition in public, startup D-ID has developed new solutions that process images to make them unrecognizable to face recognition algorithms, but still resemble the original photo, according to a report in TechCrunch. D-ID (its name stands for “de-identification”), which is currently involved in Y Combinator, was founded in 2016 by CEO Gil Perry, COO Sella Blondheim, and CTO Eliran Kuta. Perry and Blondheim both served in the

CBP asked to disclose about use of biometrics at U.S. entry and exit points

Privacy rights organization Electronic Privacy Information Center asked a D.C. federal judge to order U.S. Customs and Border Protection to disclose information about its use of biometric information at U.S. entry and exit points, according to a report by Law 360. The Department of Homeland Security has been fast-tracking the system based on President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration and refugees. The move comes just a few weeks after EPIC urged the TSA to consider other options for expanding

Sharing economy to leverage Aadhaar

Two major proponents of the sharing economy, Airbnb and Uber, are considering using the Aadhaar biometric identification database to authenticate their respective users in India. Aadhaar is the 12-digit unique identification number issued by the Indian government to every individual resident of India. The Aadhaar project aims to provide a single, unique identifier which captures all the demographic and biometric details of every Indian resident. At last count, over 1.1 billion people out of India’s population of 1.27 billion have

Vermont AG says DMV facial recognition program violates state law

The Vermont attorney general has determined that the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles’ use of facial recognition technology is not fully compliant with state law and that the program should continue to be suspended unless the Legislature gives the DMV authority to use biometric technology. Earlier this year the ACLU raised concerns that the program, which includes 2.7 million images of license applicants and has previously been shared with police, is in violation of a Vermont law that prohibits using

HID Global exec named Chair of SIA Data Privacy Advisory Board

Security Industry Association (SIA) Chairman Denis Hebert recently announced that Kathleen Carroll, vice president of government affairs at HID Global, would assume responsibilities as chair of the SIA Data Privacy Advisory Board. The Data Privacy Advisory Board was established in January to develop and promote guidelines related to enhancing the security of personally identifiable information (PII), protected health information (PHI) and other sensitive data. The responsibility for data security is widespread, and the board will work with manufacturers, integrators, end

India’s Supreme Court to hear petitions on Aadhaar next week

India’s five-judge Supreme Court bench will hear several petitions challenging the legality of the Aadhaar project, said Chief Justice of India JS Khehar, according to a report by The Economic Times. The hearing, which will begin on July 18, will determine whether the mandatory nature of the program is an infringement on citizen privacy rights. Aadhaar is the 12-digit unique identification number issued by the Indian government to every individual resident of India. The Aadhaar project aims to provide a

Legal experts say biometric exit practices at airports may be violating privacy laws

The use of facial recognition technology at U.S. airports is raising concerns among some legal experts, who argue that the program may violate specific privacy rights and that Congress has not fully authorized it, according to a report by MIT Technology Review. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has partnered with airlines such as JetBlue and Delta to implement recognition systems at New York’s JFK International Airport, Washington’s Dulles International, and airports in Atlanta, Boston, and Houston, with plans to

EPIC urges TSA to consider other options to expanding biometric identifiers for Pre-check

Privacy rights organization Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) urged the Transportation Security Administration to consider other options for expanding the collection of biometric identifiers for the TSA Pre-Check application. In its comments to the agency, EPIC explained the dangers of biometric identifiers being used for purposes other than determining eligibility for Pre-Check, along with the many personal privacy risks for applicants if the databases related to Pre-Check were breached, Additionally, the organization proposed privacy enhancing alternatives, including limiting the storage

Intercontinental Hotels employees file class action over fingerprint use

Plaintiff employees of the Intercontinental Hotel Group have filed a class action lawsuit against the hotel chain over claims that it wrongly collected and used their fingerprints and other biometric information, violating the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA), according to a report by Cook County Record. In late June, plaintiff Eric Zepeda filed a putative class action lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court against IHG and its subsidiary, the Kimpton Hotel & Restaurant Group, stating the hotel chain should