SecureKey raises US$20.5M to fund digital identity network, CEO returns

SecureKey Technologies has raised $27 million CAD $20.5 million USD) in growth capital to fund the commercial rollout of a privacy-enhancing digital identity network. This latest investment funding round was led by financial institutions, including BMO Bank of Montreal, Bank of Nova Scotia, CIBC, Desjardins, Royal Bank of Canada and TD. “SecureKey is creating an ecosystem for customers to manage their digital assets securely and conveniently. It’s a model that is being developed with substantial input from TD and other

U.S. privacy rights group calls for facial recognition regulation

According to a report recently published by the Center on Privacy & Technology at Georgetown Law on unregulated face recognition, at least 117 million adults are included in face recognition databases maintained by U.S. law enforcement. The report is part of a year-long investigation by the privacy rights group, based upon the results of more than 100 government record requests. The report voices concerns about facial recognition and other biometric tools because the technology is unregulated. The report found, that

NTechlab launches facial recognition as a service for businesses

Russian facial recognition developer NTechlab has released FindFace.Pro, a facial recognition as a service that uses a deep learning approach, according to a report by Techcrunch. NTechlab’s new facial recognition system has performed well on the open and ongoing facial recognition challenge, MegaFace, and even outscored Google’s FaceNet. Earlier this year, the facial recognition system created a proof-of-concept service that let users match submitted faces to those found on social networking community VKontakte. FindFace.Pro also offers more practical applications, such

Smartmatic intros online voting solution with facial recognition

Smartmatic is introducing secure online voting solution with facial recognition that verifies the voter’s identity with a selfie. The solution is being presented at this week’s E-VOTE-ID 2016 conference in Bregenz, Austria, held October 18 to 21. The event gathers election experts from around the world to share research, experience and best practice in the field of electronic voting and identity management. Smartmatic’s online voting system, TIVI, uses facial recognition to allow voters to authenticate themselves using their smartphone, tablet,

Preserving privacy in an age of increased surveillance – a biometrics perspective

IBM SouthBank, Fleming Room, 76/78 Upper Ground, South Bank, London This one-day workshop will focus on privacy issues surrounding biometric technologies and applications. We will together reflect upon the many new threats and opportunities arising from the rapid increase in the channels of biometric data capture (e.g. sensors on mobile devices) and processing capabilities. The workshop will bring together various stakeholders from amongst end users, technology developers, researchers and legal experts to discuss the serious challenges that these developments present

White House, NCSA launch campaign for adoption of strong authentication

The White House, the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and more than 35 companies and NGOs have launched a new internet safety and security campaign, “Lock Down Your Login,” to empower Americans to better protect their online accounts. Launched as part of the President’s Cybersecurity National Action Plan (CNAP), the campaign is designed to encourage people to move beyond usernames and passwords and widely adopt strong authentication for key online accounts. The Lock Down Your Login initiative is timed with

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