Australia to launch national facial recognition matching system in 2016

The Australian government is expected to roll out a new biometric system next year that will allow law enforcement agencies to share facial images amongst themselves, according to a report by ZDNet. The facial recognition system will deploy a one-to-one matching functionality to confirm identities of known individuals before gradually introducing additional functionality to match unknown individuals, said the Attorney-General’s department. “The technical architecture of the capability will adopt a hub-and-spoke model to facilitate ‘query and response’ matching requests between

Biometrics for finance applications revenue to reach $2.2B by 2024

Tractica announced it has published a new report titled “Biometrics for Finance Applications”, which examines the global market for biometrics in the finance industry, including 10-year forecasts for the period from 2015 through 2024. According to the report’s forecasts, revenue for the global biometrics finance market will grow at a CAGR of 38% from a base of $126 million in 2015 to reach $2.2 billion by 2024. The global market will have a cumulative revenue of $11.7 billion for the

Aussie government failed to conduct privacy impact assessments on security measures

An independent report has found that Australia’s federal government has failed to perform adequate privacy impact assessments on nearly 90 percent of the national security measures it has passed over the past 14 years, according to independent research, according to a report by Australian television program Lateline. Privacy impact assessments (PIAs) are supposed to be conducted with public consultation and community debate whenever new intrusive laws or practices are proposed, to ensure the government does not collect more data than

FBI clarifies facial recognition technology use in New York Times letter

The New York Times published an editorial-opinion letter written by Amy Hess, executive assistant director of the FBI’s science and technology division, which clarified several points regarding the FBI’s Next Generation Identification technology’s use of facial recognition analysis. The letter was in response to a Times article entitled “Police Depts. Using ID Tool Honed in War” that appeared on the publication’s front page on August 13. The Times piece focused mainly on the San Diego Police Department’s alleged misuse of

Biometrics 2015: A Q&A with Biometrics Institute CEO Isabelle Moeller

The Biometrics Institute is carefully planning the upcoming Biometrics 2015: Secure Identity Solutions Now!, held October 13 – 15 at the QEII Centre in Westminster, London. With a number of panel discussions, debates, and networking opportunities planned throughout the event, this year’s conference boasts a lineup of 75 speakers who will share practical advice, tips and solutions for using biometric technology for managing identity and increasing efficiency within government and commercial applications. Although the year is far from over, the

Alleged misuse of facial recognition software by San Diego police raises public concerns

The San Diego Police Department is using facial recognition software with few guidelines and little public disclosure, which has led to public concerns about privacy and potential misuse of the technology, according to a report by The New York Times. The facial recognition software is able to identify 16,000 points on an individual’s face and compare them with thousands of similar points in mug shots or other photos at a rate of more than one million faces a second. Although

Apple patent uses facial recognition technology for photo-sharing

Apple has filed a patent for its new facial recognition technology that automatically shares photographs with the subjects being captured, according to a report by Tech Crunch. The patent entitled “Systems and methods for sending digital images”, covers technology similar to the recently launched Facebook Moments app, which uses facial recognition software to help distribute photos to the people in them. Originally filed in February 2014 but published this week, the patent describes the different methods of simplifying the photo-sharing

Biometrics and privacy laws, fingerprints, facial recognition & more top stories

Here’s a recap of the most popular biometrics industry news that appeared on this past week. Iris recognition Virginia Commonwealth University announced the school has installed iris recognition cameras that will allow students with meal plans to access the dining hall this fall. Facial recognition pilot Police in Leicestershire, UK recount the successful trial of facial recognition software at a major music festival, suggesting that the technology could be used in other environments. Illinois biometrics privacy law Recent class

Researchers develop glasses that prevent facial recognition systems from detecting a face

Japan’s National Institute of Informatics has developed a pair of eyeglasses that enables users to protect their privacy by disabling facial-recognition systems integrated in cameras, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal. The government-affiliated institute partnered with a Fukui Prefecture-based eyeglass manufacturer to create the Privacy Visor, a pair of glasses that prevents the facial recognition systems from detecting a human face. The technology features unique angles and patterns on its lens that are able to reflect or

EFF, MuckRock conduct census of how police deploy mobile biometric technologies

EFF and MuckRock have partnered to conduct a census of sorts, via public records requests, in an effort to compile a central list that shows which police agencies throughout the country have mobile biometric identification devices, as well as a set of guidelines for how they should be used. The “Street Level Surveillance” initiative is intended to provide greater transparency into which biometric technologies police are using, how they are using them, how accurate they are, and what policies are