State comptroller urges delay of Israeli biometric database due to ‘fundamental problems’

In a report titled “National Biometric Documentation – A Trial Period”, Israel’s state comptroller Joseph Shapira highlighted the “fundamental faults” he discovered in the proposed mandatory national biometric database, according to a report by Haaretz. Prior to releasing the report, Shapira sent copies to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Interior Minister Gilad Erdan and urged them to delay legislation on a new national biometric database before informing him of the appropriate steps taken to resolve the issues highlighted in the

Japanese organization considers shared biometric database to combat shoplifting

The National Shoplifting Prevention Organization (NSPO), a nonprofit organization of major Japanese retail businesses, is considering developing a biometric database to share facial recognition data in order to combat shoplifting across Japan, according to a report by The Japan News. The NSPO said it would consider allowing retail stores to share the facial data with other stores in the same industry or other establishments in the region. The organization proposes to set up a shared biometric database, and store managers

Facebook lawsuit calls collection of biometrics data illegal

A new class action suit against Facebook alleges that the social media giant violated its users’ privacy rights to acquire the largest privately held database of facial recognition data in the world, according to a report by Courthouse News Service. Lead plaintiff Carlo Licata, represented by attorney Jay Edelson, claims that Facebook first began violating the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy act of 2008 in 2010, in a “purported attempt to make the process of tagging friends easier.” The lawsuit, recently

Maharashtra government to initiate biometrics record-keeping in orphanages

The government of Maharashtra, India said it will collect biometric records of all residents of NGO and state-operated orphanages to ensure that grants disbursed by it reach their beneficiaries, according to a report by DNA India. The government will meet with all the respective members of the Legislative Council (LC) and experts to discuss the current state of orphanages in Maharashtra, including this decision to collect biometric records. Vidya Thakur, minister of state for women and child welfare, recently revealed

EFF thwarts California plan to share DMV photos, use facial recognition

An Electronic Frontier Foundation email campaign that saw participation from more than 1,500 Californians successfully defeated a proposal that would have allowed state law enforcement to share images from the DMV and use facial recognition technology, according to a report by Electronic Frontier Foundation. As part of a larger plan, a committee within the California Department of Justice passed a motion to share a database of driver and mugshot images with a national law enforcement network and allow California state

San Diego school board to pilot facial recognition system for students

San Diego’s Encinitas Union School District is set to launch a first-of-its-kind pilot program that authenticates students on school-issued iPads with facial recognition, according to a report by Encintas Advocate. The EUSD board signed a $63,000 contract with Salt Lake City-based cybersecurity firm Virtual Keyring in which it will provide technology to quickly log students into all iPad apps, eliminating the need to remember multiple passwords. Virtual Keyring claims its software is more secure than even the strongest passwords because

OneVisage launches 3D facial authentication solution

Switzerland-based digital identity firm OneVisage has unveiled SelfiLogin, a 3D facial authentication product that operates on standard smartphones. OneVisage’s SelfiLogin eliminates the traditional two-step authentication process, which is becoming an issue for the mobile commerce field. The technology relies on the unique patterns of the human face, which contains different mesh – or the geometric representation of the face — and skin texture. Three dimensional face authentication allows for a high accuracy rate and is not impacted by changes in

Australia’s Human Services workers protest against planned voice biometrics monitoring

Australia’s federal Department of Human Services’ introduction of a biometric call monitoring and performance management system is creating considerable friction between staff and management, according to a report by Government News. The Community and Public Sector Union criticized the department’s management for not consulting their staff before it implemented a new system called ‘MTS’. The CPSU contends that it was never provided with formal notification of the agency’s plans to “implement powerful new monitoring and performance management technology across SMART

Customs and Border Protection launches passport facial recognition airport pilot

The Department of Homeland Security announced that Customs and Border Protection has initiated its “1:1 Facial Recognition Air Entry Pilot” program to allow CBP officers (CBPOs) at airports to use facial recognition technology to help verify the identities of US electronic passport holders, according to a report by Homeland Security Today. DHS’s Privacy Office is legally required to provide continued guidance on all privacy issues relating to key technologies in which the private data of citizens is collected for training

Australian police to enforce mandatory on-the-spot fingerprint scans

South Australian Attorney General John Rau is introducing new legislation that could potentially give police the power to enforce mandatory on-the-spot fingerprint scans, according to a report by the Herald Sun. Under new legislation set to be released for consultation, any individual who does not comply with a police request for an on-the-spot fingerprint scan could face three months in prison or a fine of up to $1,250. Rau said the fingerprint scans will not be random and a set