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

Privacy, facial recognition and analyst reports most popular biometrics news

Here’s a recap of the most popular biometrics industry news that appeared on BiometricUpdate this past week. Fingerprints Fingerprints was once again the leading topic for the week’s most popular stories, starting with Beijing-based security technology firm Ola announcing that it developed a Bluetooth-enabled smart entry lock integrated with a Fingerprint Cards FPC1020 capacitive touch fingerprint sensor in the handle. Synaptics Inc. announced that Sharp has selected Natural ID fingerprint sensor to provide secure authentication for its new flagship smartphone

Australian government biometrics bill met with opposition in parliament

A new bill introduced by the Coalition aiming to make it mandatory for citizen to provide their biometric data at international ports has experienced some opposition in parliament, according to a report by CSO. The news follows the Australian government’s announcement in March that it plans to introduce new legislation aimed to bulk up Australia’s biometrics system by allowing authorities to collect biometric data from children and also enable airport border control to perform mobile fingerprint checks on those suspected

Biometrics Institute emphasizes basic privacy principles to build trust in biometrics

The Biometrics Institute announced it is disappointed by the U.S. National Telecommunication and Information Administration (NTIA) privacy multistakeholder consultation regarding a voluntary code of conduct for companies using facial recognition technology has failed following the withdrawal of several representatives from privacy groups. Representatives from privacy groups American Civil Liberties Union, Electronic Frontier Foundation, and Center for Democracy and Technology have all withdrawn from the privacy multistakeholder consultation regarding the guidelines for facial recognition use. “Informed consent and notice remain fundamental

Australian academic recommends privacy protection laws regarding facial recognition use

A telecommunications law associate professor in Australia has called for new laws banning the use of face recognition technology to visual images online in an effort to identify people without prior consent, according to a report by Phys.org. In a paper published in the International Journal of Law and Information Technology, Associate Professor Niloufer Selvadurai states that there has been a lack of laws regarding face recognition technologies, and in particular, no laws which specifically address the issue of unauthorized

China examining eID for its 600 million Internet users

China is examining the introduction of electronic identification in a bid to protect private information and curb Internet fraud. Electronic identification, or eID, 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. eID has been described as more reliable than paper-based ID because it provides more

Shutterfly slapped with class action lawsuit over facial recognition use

A Chicago man has filed a class action lawsuit against Shutterfly over allegations that the photo-book service is violating a law that restricts the way that companies gather biometric data, according to a report by Fortune. Brian Norberg is seeking at least $5 million in damages, on behalf of those people whose faces have been added to the Shutterfly database without their consent. Filed Wednesday in Illinois federal court, the lawsuit follows recent criticism over the use of facial recognition

Facebook’s latest facial recognition feature will not be launched in Europe in immediate future

Facebook recently rolled out a new service called “Moments” that expands the use of its “faceprint” technology, however, the feature will not be launched in Europe any time soon, according to a report by Fortune. Launched earlier this month, Facebook Moments accesses a user’s camera roll on their smartphone and scans the library for photos of their friends using Facebook’s facial recognition software, Deepface. Users can then send the photos to their friends who are identified in them. Though the

Privacy advocates pull out of U.S. facial recognition discussions

Privacy advocates announced today that they will abandon the U.S. government’s effort to establish voluntary protocols for facial recognition technology. As BiometricUpdate.com originally reported over two years ago, the National Telecommunication and Information Administration, a division of the U.S. Department of Commerce, developed a consultation process to examine the commercial use of the technology and write a voluntary code of conduct for private companies that use it. According to the government, stakeholders discussed how best facial recognition data could be

Majority of US banking consumers prefer mobile biometric authentication over passwords: study

Telstra Global released a new report that reveals the majority of US consumers using mobile banking applications prefer their mobile devices feature biometric authentication instead of passwords and usernames. Titled “Mobile Identity – The Fusion of Financial Services, Mobile and Identity“, the report states how smartphones have become the primary channel used by Gen X and Gen Y to access and manage their finances, which has shifted the expectations of how financial institutions ought to manage mobile identity. For the