House committee requests facial recognition details from 10 cities

The House Committee on Oversight and Reform has sent letters to the mayors of 10 metropolitan cities, requesting their policies regarding facial recognition technology, according to a report by GCN. Concerned about the privacy of innocent citizens amid reports that facial recognition technology (FRT) is less accurate at identifying people of color, Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) and Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) sent letters to the mayors of Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, San Diego, San

Security cameras in the UK will scan thousands of soccer fans’ faces in June

This is a guest post by Kayla Matthews, a biometrics and technology writer. From airport body scanners to metal detectors at museums, we’ve become accustomed to increasingly advanced forms of security in public places. However, security officials in the United Kingdom will take things to the next level by using security cameras with face scanners. Learn how this particular advancement might affect human safety, as well as how the security field has changed in recent years. Football Fans and Others

Kantara issued $2.4M in grants to develop digital ID and privacy solutions using smartphones

Kantara Initiative has received multiple research grants of up to $2.4 million, which it will use to develop three innovative digital identity and privacy solutions using smartphones including mobile device attribute verification, mobile authentication and physical access control. Lockstep Technologies, Gluu Inc. and Exponent Inc. are also working on the projects with Kantara and the Command, Control and Interoperability Center for Advanced Data Analysis (CCICADA), a research center at the Rutgers University funded by the US Department of Homeland Security

NYPD faces lawsuit for not revealing info about facial recognition program

Georgetown University’s Center on Privacy and Technology (CPT) is suing the NYPD for allegedly failing to reveal information about its covert facial recognition program, according to a report by Engadget. In its lawsuit, CPT alleges that the police department hasn’t complied with New York state’s Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) by disclosing information about the system, which the NYPD began using for criminal investigations in 2011. When various groups sent FOIL requests for training manuals and documentation, the NYPD said

Illinois biometrics privacy law could be adopted by other states

Several states across the nation are looking to adopt Illinois’ biometrics privacy law as more organizations deploy biometric technology in various applications, and as the courts continue to figure out the potentially costly effects of the law’s mandates on businesses, according to a report by Cook County Record. Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act, which came into effect in 2008, established protocols which require organizations collecting biometric data to notify people about the practice before they begin to gather data, as

Gigya survey finds that 42% of consumers have poor password habits

Gigya has published a new study entitled “2017 State of Consumer Privacy and Trust survey”, revealing that many people have poor password habits with 42 percent of consumers admit to using four or fewer passwords across online accounts. The research shows how consumer trust and a business’s reputation remain uncertain as brands delay adoption of stronger authentication methods to protect online consumer identities. The survey found that 68 percent of consumers are concerned about how brands use their personal data,

Privacy group wants Australia to appoint a biometrics commissioner

The Australian Attorney General’s Department is planning to add up to 12 million passport photographs to its Face Verification Service this year, which has prompted recommendations from a privacy rights organization to appoint a biometric commissioner to protect the privacy of Australians, according to a report by Innovation Aus. Unveiled last November, the Face Verification Service (FVS) initially held only the citizenship images of those individuals born overseas who are applying for Australian citizenship. The image is provided as part

Experts say constitutional protection for passwords doesn’t apply to biometric security measures

The face recognition security feature for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S8 will not have the same legal protection of a password, as constitutional protection for passwords typically do not apply to biometric security measures, according to a report by The Verge. Samsung confirmed last week that its upcoming Galaxy S8e will feature facial, iris and fingerprint recognition, enabling users to unlock the smartphone by scanning their face. Under the Fifth Amendment, which protects Americans from having to incriminate themselves, passwords

FBI researchers match CT scan data with patient photos

According to a study conducted by researchers with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), facial images obtained from publicly available radiology scans are able to be matched to patients’ photos, raising privacy concerns, according to a report by Health Imaging. Connie Parks, MA, and Keith Monson, PhD, of the FBI’s counterterrorism and forensic science research unit, were able to easily match patients’ photos with facial images taken from publicly available radiology scans, such as head CT scans stored in open-access

Privacy concerns raised over facial recognition technology in New York City

A recent New York Daily News opinion-editorial article by Clare Garvie and Alvaro Bedoya of the Center on Privacy & Technology at Georgetown Law drew attention to privacy concerns regarding Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s plans to acquire facial recognition technology to scan the 800,000 drivers that commute daily at the nine bridges and tunnels connecting the city’s boroughs. First announced last October, New York City’s MTA is currently in the early stages of acquiring face recognition technology. Residents of New York