UK consumers find facial recognition-driven targeted ads “creepy”: RichRelevance report

RichRelevance published a new UK study, “Creepy or Cool” that reveals that 70% of UK shoppers find facial recognition technology that identifies age and gender in order to display product recommendations “creepy”. The study, which surveyed 1,049 consumers in the UK about their attitudes towards digital enhancements to the store shopping experience, found that 72% of UK consumers find personalization of product recommendations based on purchasing habits a “cool” capability. RichRelevance analysts calculated the “Creepy” score by taking the total

Platesmart LPR: Q&A with CEO John Chigos

In the past, the majority of American law enforcement agencies were unable to afford hardware-dependent License Plate Recognition (LPR) systems, which could cost as much as $20,000 to $30,000 per unit, along with additional costs to install and maintain. Additionally, the systems repeatedly failed to perform up to manufacturers’ claims. As a direct response to this need, PlateSmart Technologies developed a software-only high-definition LPR and video analytic solution that works with both state-of-the-art and legacy cameras to provide HD mobile

In effort to expand biometric scheme, India says privacy not fundamental right

During the course of defending the legality of the Aadhaar biometric scheme before India’s Supreme Court this week, the chief lawyer for India’s central government argued that privacy is not a fundamental right bestowed by the country’s constitution. India’s government also asked the court to reconsider all Supreme Court judgments over the past two decades that defined privacy as a constitutional right. India’s central government made the argument in order to defend extending the use of the Aadhaar biometric system

Colorado police cautious about facial recognition technology

The Colorado Information Sharing Consortium executive director David Shipley recently told Colorado Public Radio that the organization tested facial recognition technology two years ago, only to discover that it couldn’t be effectively used to help local police. The organization manages COPLINK, a database used by Colorado law enforcement agencies to share crucial information regarding criminal activity with each other. Shipley said that police investigators would be more than happy to use facial recognition technology if it proved to be effective

Socure completes Safe Harbor certification for “social biometrics” solution

Socure announced it has completed the U.S.–EU and U.S.–Switzerland Safe Harbor framework self-certification process from the U.S. Department of Commerce, proving that it handles sensitive customer and client data according to European Union and Swiss privacy standards. “We understand and value the importance of keeping the data we process safe, secure, and private, and our Safe Harbor certification tells the world we can work with data from within the EU and Switzerland with confidence,” said Sunil Madhu, CEO of Socure.

Israeli cyber experts call on government to cancel planned biometric ID system

Seventy four Israeli cyber experts have requested Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, cabinet ministers and Knesset members to immediately cease plans for the national biometric identification system, according to a report by The Jerusalem Post. Previously reported, Israel Interior Minister Silvan Shalom announced in late June he is extending the biometric database pilot program for identity cards for a nine month period. The letter has been signed by some of the country’s top scientists, including Prof. Jacob Ziv, an Israel Prize

LA county sheriff’s department invests in new facial recognition technology

A new procurement document reveals that the Los Angeles County sheriff’s department will outfit deputy officers with mobile facial recognition technology to identify people in the field, according to a report by Reveal News. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the $3.5 million contract with DataWorks Plus LLC, which provides a seven-year extension to the sheriff’s current lease for Cognitec Systems’ facial recognition equipment. The software and hardware, which includes servers and hundreds of smartphones and tablets,

Texas DPS continues to push for full fingerprint sets

Texas’ Department of Public Safety said it will continue to push for the right to collect full fingerprint sets of Texas driver’s license applicants, according to a report by the Dallas News. DPS director Steven McCraw recently told the Texas Public Safety Commission — an appointed board that oversees the agency — it will continue to fight for the authority to acquire full fingerprint sets. Earlier this year, new legislature was passed resulting in state laws limiting the DPS to

Mobey Forum survey shows biometrics a priority in financial services

Mobey Forum has released the results of an industry survey that finds that the financial services industry must set aside competition and collaborate on biometrics to ensure consistent, easy and convenient services for end users. The survey explores the banking industry’s current attitudes toward biometrics, along with the key use cases, industry drivers and challenges. Of the 235 banking executives surveyed from around the globe, 22% of banks said they are currently offering biometrics to their customers while 65% said

Canadian HR Reporter to host biometrics in business webinar

Canadian HR Reporter will host a webinar entitled “Your Fingertips: How Workplace Laws Impact Biometrics” on August 19 from 12 – 1 p.m. EST. The webinar, which costs $69.00, is intended to help those employers who are considering implementing biometrics identify ways in which biometric technology can improve their legal compliance with employment standards legislation without violating individual privacy and human rights. The webinar will cover numerous topics including the latest biometric systems and how businesses are using them, the