Four states propose legislation regulating collection, retention and use of biometric data

The state governments of Connecticut, New Hampshire, Washington, and Alaska have all proposed bills that would regulate the collection, retention and use of biometric data, according to a report by The National Law Review. If the bills are passed, they could significantly impact the way that organizations capture, obtain, store, or use biometric information. Many of these new legislative proposals have been modelled after Illinois’ BIPA, which requires companies to inform and receive written consent from the subject about the

Privacy advocate notes Aadhaar records are not verified

An Indian MP has claimed that none of the records contained within the Aadhaar database have been verified, according to a report recently published by Mashable. Independent Member of Parliament and privacy advocate, Rajeev Chandrasekhar told Mashable India: “There are two fundamental flaws in Aadhaar: it is poorly designed, and it is being poorly verified. Aadhaar isn’t foolproof, and this has resulted in fake data get into the system. This in turn opens new gateways for money launderers.” Chandrasekhar also

DHS scrambling to provide facial recognition to airports: report

Two weeks after President Trump signed the controversial immigration and refugee executive order that also called for the expedited completion of a national biometric ID program, the Department of Homeland Security is scrambling to provide airports across the nation with facial recognition software, according to an agency official cited in a report by The Christian Science Monitor. The facial recognition technology will check the identities of all non-citizens leaving the country to confirm they have not overstayed visas, are not

Facebook facial recognition lawsuit put on hold

Facebook Inc.’s attempts to evade legal action alleging it illegally collected biometric data using facial recognition software have been temporarily halted until the The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit makes its ruling in Spokeo, according to a report by Law 360. Facebook had requested the California federal court to dismiss a class action suit brought by Illinois users alleging that the company’s facial recognition and tagging features violate Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act, as well as

Insurance IoT Asia Summit 2017

Insurance IoT Asia Summit 2017 August 1-4, 2017 Singapore The Internet of Things (IoT) offers truly disruptive and transformative potential to the insurance industry. IoT will reach US $1.3 trillion in spending by 2019 with Asia Pacific expected to be the biggest market and insurance sector being 1 of the main sectors for growth. Asia Pacific big spending on IoT is driven by countries continuing technology investment needs, consumers becoming more and more technology-sophisticated and spending greater on IoT goods

FPF, NADA release consumer privacy guide

The Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) and the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) have released a new consumer guide that explains the guidelines governing the way personal data is collected and used by the latest generation of vehicles. Today’s vehicles come with a wide array of equipment and features that rely on the collection and use of data about you and your vehicle to support safety, efficient performance, convenience, and entertainment. The guide explains the kinds of information that may

Biometrics and Privacy online training program launching in Europe

Swiss Distance Learning University in association with the Swiss Centre for Biometric Research and Testing from the IDIAP Institute, is launching a new online training program focused on biometrics and privacy this April. The Certificate of Advanced Studies in Biometrics and Privacy is the only online educational program of its kind available for company, government service and organization executives in all sectors. The program will comprise of six courses spanning the topics of biometric technologies, data protection and standards, privacy

New federal government contractors in Canada required to submit fingerprints to RCMP

New federal government contractors in Canada will now be required to submit their fingerprints electronically to the country’s national police force, the RCMP, to run a criminal history check in its database, according to a report by the CBC. Existing contractors working with the federal government will only have to submit their fingerprints if they need to upgrade or renew their security clearance. According to Public Services and Procurement Canada, the change is needed because the RCMP is concluding its

Acuity reports 2017 to be groundbreaking for biometrics and digital identity

Acuity Market Intelligence has revealed its 2017 ten top trends for biometrics and digital identity, which predicts this year will be groundbreaking for biometrics and digital identity. The research consultancy firm explains that the increased adoption of biometrics and digital identity in 2017 will reflect a new understanding of the potential benefits of these technologies. “Biometrics and digital identity are often perceived as threats to privacy and security,” said Maxine Most, principal of Acuity Market intelligence. “However, taken together these

New E-Verify proposal would see addition of biometric data

Senator Chuck Grassley has introduced an E-Verify bill designed to expand the employment verification program nationwide. The bill, if enacted, would make all employers in the United States participate in E-Verify, with respect to all employees, whether recruited or referred and would enhance the enrollment process through the addition of biometric data such as facial photographs. E-Verify is an Internet-based system that allows businesses to determine the eligibility of their employees to work in the United States. The program compares