Toronto police considering facial recognition software to identify suspects

The Toronto Police Service is considering facial recognition software as a tool that could significantly reduce the time it takes to identify suspects, according to a report by the CBC. Already adopted by Calgary police and various law enforcement agencies in the United States, facial recognition software enables police officers to match crime scene images against a database containing thousands of mug shots. But despite the popularity of the software in other regions, privacy advocates have criticized the technology for

Russia to consider bill that calls for mandatory biometric registration of all citizens

MPs from populist Russian nationalist party LDPR have drafted and will soon submit a new bill calling for the mandatory fingerprinting and DNA profiling of all Russian citizens in an effort to increase security measures, according to a report by RT. Roman Khudyakov, the bill’s main sponsor, previously championed mandatory fingerprinting for the entire urban population of Russia, including visitors and foreigners. According to the bill, the biometric information would be stored in a central government database and each citizen

Auto Alliance issues privacy principles around internet-connected vehicles

As new technologies, such as biometrics, continue to be incorporated into vehicles, the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and the Association of Global Automakers (which includes nearly every major car manufacturer) has created a set of privacy principles designed to assure customers their personal and automotive data is treated with adequate privacy. While things like self-driving cars haven’t hit public roadways yet, many technologies are being incorporated into vehicles such as biometric systems that verify the driver of a car and

Most popular biometrics news updates for week ending November 9

Here’s a recap of most popular biometrics industry news that appeared on this past week. Biometrics Week in Review: TrustMark certification, new fingerprint module, licence and facial recognition app, Oppo smartphone, Money20/20, heartbeat-authenticated payments, new privacy standards, ongoing MINEX evaluation, biometric kiosk, EyeVerify updates. Biometrics Institute eyes ‘Trust Mark’ certification program – The Biometrics Institute is working on a program that it says will reassure the public of the responsible use of biometrics, and will make privacy compliance more

Privacy rights group opposing FBI’s biometric database wins court ruling

A privacy rights group concerned about the implications of the FBI’s nationwide biometric database has won a lawsuit against the FBI for the legal costs that led to the disclosure of hundreds of pages detailing the FBI’s Next Generation Identification (NGI) database, which includes biometrics such as iris scans, palm prints, and facial recognition. According to a NJ Daily report, U.S. District Court Judge Tanya Chutkan released an opinion this week in favor of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC).

Australia signs agreement to share DNA information with U.K. authorities

A new agreement will allow U.K. and Australian authorities to quickly exchange the DNA data of suspects between the two countries. According to Austrailian news site, the newly forged Memorandum of Understanding replaces a lengthy legal process in order to exchange suspects details with a system that allows police, border control, and spy agencies to respond more quickly. Australia is the first country to officially join this information sharing program with the U.K., and it’s expected that authorities in

79% of Asia-Pacific IT leaders say security concerns have stalled new business initiatives

Among IT leaders in the Asia-Pacific region, 79 percent have abandoned or delayed at least one new business initiative due to security concerns, and that emerging technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and biometrics are seen as the biggest challenges to the safety of organizations. These are the major findings from a new study commissioned by network security company Fortinet which polled 504 enterprise IT decision makers across Australia, China, India, Japan and South Korea. The study also

Court orders defendant to provide fingerprint to unlock phone in criminal case

In a Virginia criminal court case where a defendant’s cellphone could provide valuable evidence, a judge has ruled that a criminal defendant can be forced to provide authorities their fingerprint to allow police to open and search their cellphone. According to a report from The Virginian-Pilot, Circuit Court Judge Steven C. Frucci ruled last week that providing a fingerprint is similar to providing a DNA or handwriting sample, all of which are permitted by law. On the other hand, an

Biometrics Institute eyes ‘Trust Mark’ certification program

The Biometrics Institute is working on a program that it says will reassure the public of the responsible use of biometrics, and will make privacy compliance more transparent and easier to understand. According to Biometrics Institute CEO Isabelle Moeller, the group is presently building an advisory panel for the proposed “Trust Mark” program and it is currently in consultation with its members and stakeholders, brainstorming the new idea. The Biometrics Institute announced the new proposed Trust Mark system earlier this

New Oppo smartphone uses Fingerprint Cards’ fingerprint sensor and Precise Biometrics algorithm

Fingerprint Cards announced that the Oppa N3 is the first smartphone to use Fingerprint Card’s touch fingerprint sensor FPC1021. Additionally, Precise Biometrics delivered the fingerprint algorithm, Precise BioMatch Mobile that is used with FPC1021. “The demand for fingerprint algorithms for small sensors in mobile devices continues to increase,” said Håkan Persson, CEO of Precise Biometrics. “The fact that a leading Chinese smartphone vendor has chosen a solution with our technology is yet another proof that we are world leading within