Russia MP proposes to enforce universal fingerprinting for all international visitors

A Russian MP is preparing a new bill that will recommend new security measures to make it mandatory for all international visitors to be fingerprinted on arrival in Russia and have the information stored in a single database, according to a report by RT.com. In his drafted bill amending the Federal Law on the Legal Status of Foreign Citizens in the Russian Federation, Mikhail Serdyuk of the Fair Russia parliamentary caucus suggests that all international visitors of the country should

Department of Public Safety collecting fingerprints of Texans

The Department of Public Safety in Texas has been secretly gathering full sets of fingerprints from anyone applying for a new drivers’ license or a renewal, weeks in advance of when the new regulation was intended to go into effect, according to a report by Watchdog.org. Last month, the DPS adopted a regulation for a new policy that would allow it to take fingerprints of all Texas residents applying for a new driver license or renewal — a practice it

Biometric Technology In The UK: The Emerging Trends

This is a guest post by Paul Coombes, Head of Commercial (EMEA) for Argus Global In the UK, we see the use of Biometric Identification systems being deployed by more and more public and private institutions in more expanded applications. In particular, the UK Border Agency is advancing the use of biometric identification, and so too are British primary and secondary schools. Businesses are following suit, as the benefits of biometric technology become apparent. Biometrics in UK Schools In May

Biometrics 2014 launches final conference agenda, Samsung to keynote

The Biometrics Institute has recently announced several new speaker additions and updates leading up to its Biometrics 2014 event, set to take place October 21-23, 2014 in London. Among the latest announcements, Samsung has signed on and a representative from the company will present on the digital experience and the future of identity at Biometrics 2014. “We are extremely excited to announce Samsung’s participation as a keynote speaker at the conference. The impact on how mobility is changing identity management

EFF asks for privacy review of FBI biometrics database

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and several other organizations have formally asked the U.S. Department of Justice to review the privacy implications of the biometric database operated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. In a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, the EFF and other affiliated groups notes that the “capacity of the FBI to collect and retain information, even on innocent Americans, has grown exponentially. It is essential for the American public to have a complete picture of all

Civil liberties groups reject IBIA biometric “best practices” recommendations

The International Biometrics and Identification Association (IBIA) recently issued a “best practices” document listing numerous recommendations on how to best deploy biometric technology for commercial situations. The IBIA is participating in the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) effort to develop a voluntary code of conduct that specifies how the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights applies to facial recognition technology in a commercial environment. The Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights is an initiative of the Obama administration that seeks to

Biometrics must be deployed with security and privacy: Biometrics Institute

The Biometrics Institute has issued a statement stressing the need for ”a better understanding of biometrics to help build trust into the secure technology and address common misconception.” “Biometric technologies are extremely valuable but must be deployed with security and privacy front of mind,” says Isabelle Moeller, Chief Executive of the Biometrics Institute. “The Biometrics Institute is taking an active role in promoting the responsible use of biometrics by bringing together the users, vendors, academics and privacy experts to facilitate this

Trinidad to introduce biometric mapping system for children

The Trinidad Ministry of the People and Social Development announced last week that the government will introduce a new biometric mapping system to help pinpoint the exact location of children at all times, according to a report by StabroekNews.com. Vernella Alleyne-Toppin, Minister in the Ministry of the People and Social Development, made the announcement after visiting the relatives of two young recent murder victims. “We have spoken to the Minister of Education so that we can have markers on children

Why scapegoating face recognition technology as privacy wormhole doesn’t solve anything

Facial recognition technology is facing a blitz of negative media with wormhole-like theories that this technology results in mass surveillance, destroys anonymity, and will forever change the way people behave in public. Advocates of this theory are calling for federal privacy regulation that will give a face a right of privacy it has never had in law to date. While using facial recognition in numerous commercial and internet applications definitely requires transparency and consent, the assumptions about what the technology

Use of facial recognition for law enforcement controversial in Taiwan

The National Police Agency has denied accusations that it has violated the law and human rights with its biometric facial recognition system. According to a report in the China Post, a lawmaker from the Democratic Progressive Party recently held a press conference, arguing that the NPA’s newly-launched human face recognition system of its M-Police Operation System violated laws when accessing citizen ID pictures from the country’s household registration system. According to the report, this Operation System aims to enhance the