Privacy advocates concerned about use of biometric information for airport security screening

While the use of facial recognition software and fingerprint readers helps travelers move through airports quicker, privacy advocates are expressing concerns about the security of this biometric data and its potential uses, according to a report by Skift. At select airports in the U.S., passengers on some outbound international flights are being asked to have a photo taken before boarding the plane that is compared against a database of images of people who are supposed to be on the flight.

Illinois judge refuses to dismiss Shutterfly face recognition privacy suit

An Illinois federal judge refused to dismiss a putative class action against Shutterfly Inc. which alleges the company violated the state’s Biometric Information Privacy Act by obtaining and retaining face geometry scans of citizens without their consent, according to a report by Law360. The judge ruled that the statute covers data taken from photos and does not require consumers to specify actual damages. U.S. District Judge Joan B. Gottschall issued a 19-page ruling in response to Shutterfly’s February motion to

U.S. Senator raises privacy and security concerns about Apple’s Face ID

U.S. Senator Al Franken has raised concerns regarding the privacy and security of Apple’s Face ID feature in its upcoming iPhone X smartphone, according to a report by Engadget. Franken recently penned a letter addressed to Apple CEO Tim Cook, containing several questions concerning the technology’s “eventual uses that may not be contemplated by” its customers. Apple stated during its keynote that Face ID information will be saved only be saved on the device itself. However, Senator Franken has asked

More businesses hit with class action suits under Illinois biometrics privacy law

Gas station convenience store chain The Speedway and the Lettuce Entertain You group of restaurants have been hit with class action lawsuits alleging the businesses violated Illinois’ biometrics privacy law, according to a report by Cook County Record. Last week, lawyers with the Chicago legal firm Stephan Zouras LLP filed two lawsuits in Cook County Circuit Court on behalf of plaintiffs alleging the companies should be required to compensate for storing biometrics data from either their employees or their customers.

UIDAI declines privacy activist request for Aadhaar data protection information

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), the authority for Aadhaar, have declined Indian privacy activist Vivek Velankar’s request to reveal the names of companies responsible for storing sensitive data as well as the manufacturers of the servers over ‘security reasons’, according to a report by The Times of India. To address data privacy concerns regarding the compulsory Aadhaar registration, Velankar had filed an RTI application asking for the names of the companies storing Aadhaar data, name of the country

Legislation struggling with deployment pace of biometric identity systems, says privacy expert

In an article published today in Technology Science, a Harvard-based journal, World Privacy Forum founder Pam Dixon argues that legislation is struggling to keep up with the deployment of biometric identity systems resulting in a high risk to fundamental civil liberties and privacy, particularly in India, but also with serious ramifications in the United States. Europe is also vulnerable to ‘mission-creep’ and risks failing the ‘Do no Harm’ principle. “According to the World Bank, 50 percent of countries with a

UK Biometrics Commissioner criticizes UK police for not revealing facial recognition plans

The UK Biometrics Commissioner has criticized the Home Office and police for failing to address key privacy issues relating to the use of facial recognition, according to a report by The Register. Professor Paul Wiles condemned the police for its growing database of facial images (many of which are illegally stored), as well as the government for failing to have a formal document detailing its biometrics strategy. He recommended that the government should hold an official public meeting outlining a

India’s ruling that citizens have right to privacy could impact biometric ID plan

India’s Supreme Court has finally ruled citizens have a fundamental right to privacy, which could potentially derail the government’s plan for making registration of its Aadhaar biometric identification program a requirement for all government services, according to a report by Bloomberg. The Supreme Court made the ruling after a month of hearing multiple petitions challenging the legality of the Aadhaar project to determine whether citizens are entitled to privacy as a fundamental right. The nine-judge bench unanimously ruled that privacy

NY DMV use of facial recognition resulted in more than 4,000 arrests since 2010

The Cuomo administration revealed that the facial recognition technology used by New York State Department of Motor Vehicles has resulted in the arrests of more than 4,000 individuals involved in identity theft or fraud since 2010, according to a report by New York Daily News. Since its launch in 2010, the Department of Motor Vehicles Facial Recognition Technology Program has successfully identified more than 21,000 possible cases including more than 7,000 cases over the last 18 months alone. There have been

NIST drafts new safeguards for information systems, Internet of things

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has issued a new draft revision of its Special Publication (SP) 800-53, Security and Privacy Controls for Information Systems and Organizations. Developed by a joint task force comprised of civil, defense and intelligence representatives, the draft takes into account the ongoing effort to create a unified information security framework for the federal government. This latest draft particularly goes beyond both information security and the federal government to address practices that all kinds