Imprivata makes enhancements to biometric verification solution for healthcare

Imprivata announced it has made several technology enhancements to Imprivata OneSign Secure Walk-Away, a biometric verification solution designed to protect healthcare organizations against unauthorized access to patient records at shared clinical workstations. Imprivata OneSign Secure Walk-Away is HIPAA compliant, boosts clinical workflow efficiency, and includes advanced 3D camera technology, video tracking and facial recognition software to deliver an active presence detection solution that safeguards patient information. “We’ve made significant enhancements to Imprivata OneSign Secure Walk-Away to deliver a leading-edge, patented

Wi-Fi security threats to air travelers identified

In January, a CBC news report revealed that Canada’s electronic spy agency utilized data from a free Internet Wi-Fi service at a major Canadian airport to track the wireless devices of thousands of ordinary air travelers “for days after they left the airport”. Now a recent news report in Canada’s Globe & Mail (Researcher connects dots on spy agency’s monitoring of Wifi), projects that the airport was Toronto Pearson, the nation’s busiest port of entry. (If you are outside the

Boston spied, used facial recognition on concertgoers

Recent news reports claim that the City of Boston tested an IBM video mass surveillance system at the Boston Calling Music Festival last year. According to a local blog, Dig Boston, a new, sophisticated event monitoring platform was deployed and evaluated which gave authorities “a live and detailed birdseye view of concertgoers, pedestrians and vehicles in the vicinity” of the event. Using IBM’s Smarter Cities solution, the City of Boston leveraged its existing camera infrastructure to monitor everyone who attended

UK Science and Technology Committee launch inquiry into use and collection of biometric data

The UK’s Science and Technology Committee has made an inquiry regarding the potential use and collection of biometric data, as well as whether or not the regulations in this relatively new field are sufficient. So far, biometric technologies that help authenticate identity have mostly been used by the UK government for security purposes, such as safeguarding network access, anti-fraud measures and in different components of UK border security. Meanwhile, commercial organizations are developing and implementing biometric data and technologies at

Russia MP proposes to enforce universal fingerprinting for all international visitors

A Russian MP is preparing a new bill that will recommend new security measures to make it mandatory for all international visitors to be fingerprinted on arrival in Russia and have the information stored in a single database, according to a report by RT.com. In his drafted bill amending the Federal Law on the Legal Status of Foreign Citizens in the Russian Federation, Mikhail Serdyuk of the Fair Russia parliamentary caucus suggests that all international visitors of the country should

Department of Public Safety collecting fingerprints of Texans

The Department of Public Safety in Texas has been secretly gathering full sets of fingerprints from anyone applying for a new drivers’ license or a renewal, weeks in advance of when the new regulation was intended to go into effect, according to a report by Watchdog.org. Last month, the DPS adopted a regulation for a new policy that would allow it to take fingerprints of all Texas residents applying for a new driver license or renewal — a practice it

Biometric Technology In The UK: The Emerging Trends

This is a guest post by Paul Coombes, Head of Commercial (EMEA) for Argus Global In the UK, we see the use of Biometric Identification systems being deployed by more and more public and private institutions in more expanded applications. In particular, the UK Border Agency is advancing the use of biometric identification, and so too are British primary and secondary schools. Businesses are following suit, as the benefits of biometric technology become apparent. Biometrics in UK Schools In May

Biometrics 2014 launches final conference agenda, Samsung to keynote

The Biometrics Institute has recently announced several new speaker additions and updates leading up to its Biometrics 2014 event, set to take place October 21-23, 2014 in London. Among the latest announcements, Samsung has signed on and a representative from the company will present on the digital experience and the future of identity at Biometrics 2014. “We are extremely excited to announce Samsung’s participation as a keynote speaker at the conference. The impact on how mobility is changing identity management

EFF asks for privacy review of FBI biometrics database

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and several other organizations have formally asked the U.S. Department of Justice to review the privacy implications of the biometric database operated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. In a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, the EFF and other affiliated groups notes that the “capacity of the FBI to collect and retain information, even on innocent Americans, has grown exponentially. It is essential for the American public to have a complete picture of all

Civil liberties groups reject IBIA biometric “best practices” recommendations

The International Biometrics and Identification Association (IBIA) recently issued a “best practices” document listing numerous recommendations on how to best deploy biometric technology for commercial situations. The IBIA is participating in the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) effort to develop a voluntary code of conduct that specifies how the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights applies to facial recognition technology in a commercial environment. The Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights is an initiative of the Obama administration that seeks to