Report warns retailers to consider consumer privacy laws when deploying facial recognition tools

Many vendors of biometrics-based solutions have not anticipated legal and compliance challenges posed by their products, or expressly deny responsibility for those challenges, leading to increased legal action, according to the National Law Review. The article “Buyer Beware: Facial Recognition and the Current Legal Landscape” urges U.S. retailers to be prepared for consumer privacy laws to evolve as they consider implementing such technologies. The article was authored by partners of law firm Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, and compares the

Biometrics Institute U.S. Conference

Biometrics Institute US Conference 20-21 March 2018 Mary Gates Learning Centre, Washington DC This one and a half day event will bring together industry experts with a focus on discussion and interaction around the key themes of authentication, privacy, vulnerabilities, data sharing & cyber-security. Plus presentations from the winners of the N2N Fingerprint Challenge.

Privacy in a biometric world

More people are using their biometrics every day to unlock their phones, access bank accounts, and secure data. The problem is, as this technology becomes more popular, some people, and companies, are using it without a second thought to privacy. In a world where our photos are accessible online for nearly anyone to access, are we really comfortable using our face to secure our bank account? Financial institutions are actually leading the charge for biometric authentication when it comes to

Biometrics Institute GDPR & Biometrics Seminar

GDPR & Biometrics Seminar 17 April 2018 Belgium This afternoon meeting will include a range of talks and discussions on the implications of the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which is coming into force on the 25 May 2018. The event will be an open discussion about the implications of the GDPR for biometrics and help attendees to reflect on how prepared they are.

Police in China using facial recognition glasses

For the past two months police in China have been using dark sunglasses outfitted with facial recognition technology to scan faces of travelers passing though Zhengzhou train station. The glasses are linked to a central database which contains details of criminal records. According to New Scientist, Liu Tianyi of LLVision, the firm that developed the GLXSS Pro smart glasses, says the glasses are very light so the police officers can wear them all day. The glasses are designed for police

CBP meets with privacy advocates again to discuss biometric entry and exit

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials have met with privacy advocates for a second time to discuss the controversial Biometric Entry/Exit Program and related public-private partnerships, Homeland Preparedness News reports. Facial recognition technology is being piloted at eight international airports in the U.S., and CBP has set up partnerships with airlines at Hartsfield-Jackson International, John F. Kennedy International, and Boston Logan International to integrate facial recognition into the boarding process. CBP officials including Deputy Executive Assistant Commissioner, Office of

Facebook argues against class action certification in BIPA lawsuits

Facebook has told a federal judge in California that plaintiffs attempting to certify a pair of related class action suits against the company have failed to show common harm, and that the certification attempts are last-ditch efforts to save their claims, Law360 reports. The claim was made by Facebook in response to a motion filed last month by users and non-user Frederick Gullen to certify their suits under Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) as class actions. Facebook argues that

ID@Borders to address use of biometrics for seamless passenger flow and counter terrorism

The Biometrics Institute annual ID@Borders conference will be held this year in Brussels from April 18-19 and will address challenges in managing identities along the border continuum, and will provide a forum for key players in the borders, aviation, travel and biometrics industries. The conference will focus on two main themes: the secure and effective movement of people, and the identification and creation of capabilities for optimum border management. Topics such as preventing criminal activity and human trafficking, data privacy

Biometrics Institute discusses importance of informed consent and purpose

The Biometric Institute has responded to an article by Human Rights Watch (HRW) alleging the widespread collection of biometric data with a low degree of transparency, potentially for surveillance purposes, under the mandate of a health care program. The HRW article suggested that the “Physicals for All” program and attempts to gather data from residents between ages 12 and 65 in the Xinjiang region were not carried out with informed consent, and could be “a gross violation of international human

Chinese government uses facial recognition to alert authorities to individual’s movements

The Chinese government has begun using facial recognition to alert authorities when specified individuals in restive Xinjiang leave “safe areas” designated for them, Bloomberg reports. State-run defense contractor China Electronics Technology Group is leading the project, which is focussed on the southern part of the region, a source told Bloomberg, as part of the two-year old domestic surveillance campaign, Xue Liang. The alerts are triggered when individuals travel more than 300 meters beyond an area made up of their homes