San Diego school board to pilot facial recognition system for students

San Diego’s Encinitas Union School District is set to launch a first-of-its-kind pilot program that authenticates students on school-issued iPads with facial recognition, according to a report by Encintas Advocate. The EUSD board signed a $63,000 contract with Salt Lake City-based cybersecurity firm Virtual Keyring in which it will provide technology to quickly log students into all iPad apps, eliminating the need to remember multiple passwords. Virtual Keyring claims its software is more secure than even the strongest passwords because

OneVisage launches 3D facial authentication solution

Switzerland-based digital identity firm OneVisage has unveiled SelfiLogin, a 3D facial authentication product that operates on standard smartphones. OneVisage’s SelfiLogin eliminates the traditional two-step authentication process, which is becoming an issue for the mobile commerce field. The technology relies on the unique patterns of the human face, which contains different mesh – or the geometric representation of the face — and skin texture. Three dimensional face authentication allows for a high accuracy rate and is not impacted by changes in

Australia’s Human Services workers protest against planned voice biometrics monitoring

Australia’s federal Department of Human Services’ introduction of a biometric call monitoring and performance management system is creating considerable friction between staff and management, according to a report by Government News. The Community and Public Sector Union criticized the department’s management for not consulting their staff before it implemented a new system called ‘MTS’. The CPSU contends that it was never provided with formal notification of the agency’s plans to “implement powerful new monitoring and performance management technology across SMART

Customs and Border Protection launches passport facial recognition airport pilot

The Department of Homeland Security announced that Customs and Border Protection has initiated its “1:1 Facial Recognition Air Entry Pilot” program to allow CBP officers (CBPOs) at airports to use facial recognition technology to help verify the identities of US electronic passport holders, according to a report by Homeland Security Today. DHS’s Privacy Office is legally required to provide continued guidance on all privacy issues relating to key technologies in which the private data of citizens is collected for training

Australian police to enforce mandatory on-the-spot fingerprint scans

South Australian Attorney General John Rau is introducing new legislation that could potentially give police the power to enforce mandatory on-the-spot fingerprint scans, according to a report by the Herald Sun. Under new legislation set to be released for consultation, any individual who does not comply with a police request for an on-the-spot fingerprint scan could face three months in prison or a fine of up to $1,250. Rau said the fingerprint scans will not be random and a set

Explainer: Electronic ID (eID)

An eID card is typically a government-issued document for online and offline identification. The typical electronic identity card has the format of a regular bank card, with printed identity information on the surface, such as personal details and a photograph, as well as an embedded microchip. An eID is more reliable than paper-based ID because it provides more data security with built-in privacy features. The use of digital signatures makes it harder or even impossible to make a forged ID

Suspicious government to fingerprint employees, spy on citizens

As the Harper government nears nine years in power, it continues to demonstrate that it has no trust for its employees and Canadian citizens in general. This week, Canada’s Treasury Board Secretariat, which is responsible for the federal civil service, confirmed that the government’s new standard on security screening, that came into effect last October, includes fingerprinting employees, along with mandatory credit checks. As of 2014, it was estimated that there were 257,138 federal civil servants in Canada. Public sector

Windows 10 to feature biometric verification system, password-free identification

The upcoming release of Windows 10 will feature Microsoft’s new biometric security system Hello, which will allow users to unlock their phone, tablet or PC by scanning their face, eyeball or fingerprints, according to a report by the Financial Review. Microsoft announced details about the new Hello feature on the Windows blog, in which Microsoft corporate vice president Joe Belfiore said that the biometric system will enable you to “just show your face, or touch your finger, to new devices

Texas Senate committee passes fingerprint restriction bill

The Texas Senate Transportation Committee passed a bill that would prevent the Department of Public Safety from acquiring all 10 fingerprints of driver’s license applicants, according to a report by Chron. Introduced by Senator Charles Schwertner, R- Georgetown, the bill strongly opposes DPS director Steven McCraw and various police groups, regarding the security measure as an unnecessary practice in the current best practices in police departments across the state. Last month, the department stopped collecting the full fingerprint set from

Iran VP calls on ICT Ministry to study electronic ID program

Iran first vice president Eshaq Jahangiri has called on the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (ICT) to research the various executive and technical components of a new initiative to implement a nationwide biometric ID program, according to the Tehran Times. The ID program would comprise of a national ID website as well as the issuing of electronic ID cards, according to Khabar Farsi news website. Jahangiri recently met with the ministers of ICT, industry, education, economy, along with vice