Lawsuit filed against Snapchat for using biometric data without consent

Two men filed a class-action lawsuit against Snapchat under a 2008 Illinois state law that requires a company to obtain written consent before using an individual’s biometric data, according to a report by Inc. Initially filed by plaintiffs Jose Luis Martinez and Malcolm Neal in Los Angeles County court in May, the case has recently been moved to U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. According to the lawsuit, Snapchat has been unlawfully gathering, storing, and using biometric

POMM rolls out biometric authentication and data encryption cell phone case

POMM Inc. has introduced a new biometric authentication and data encryption cell phone case to keep data files private and secure. According to the company crowdfunding page, the POMM device is a unique hardware case that bypasses cloud based systems, providing a security and privacy platform designed to protect the data in mobile devices. It ensures data security, privacy and bio-authentication, all combined to prevent unauthorized access and use of the mobile user’s private data and personal, sensitive information. The

Israel enforcing mandatory biometric database enrollment for citizens in 2017

Israeli Interior Minister Arye Dery announced that it will be mandatory for citizens to enroll in the national biometric database starting in 2017, according to a report by Haaretz The government launched the biometric database’s pilot phase in July 2013, which was supposed to conclude after two years. However, the pilot has since been extended twice — the most recent of which occurred in March, which will see the pilot go through to the end of 2016. “From now on

Organizations respond to FBI’s call to exempt biometric ID database from privacy laws

Forty-six privacy, civil liberties, and immigrants’ rights organizations sent a letter to a group of senators and congressmen, urging their committees to hold oversight hearings to assess the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Next Generation Identification program and their use of biometric data. The letter also called on the committees to require the FBI’s compliance with the Privacy Act of 1974 and enforce ongoing public reports on the FBI’s use, collection, retention, and disclosure of biometric information. Addressed to Senators

BioConnect providing Multi-Health Systems with integrated authentication platform

BioConnect will be providing Multi-Health Systems Inc. (MHS) with an integrated authentication platform, using mobile biometric technology, to ensure MHS’ critical applications, IT infrastructure and physical access control are more secure. MHS is a technology company focused on innovative digital delivery of data analysis and scientifically validated assessments for more than 30 years. MHS serves clients in corporate, clinical, educational, public safety, government, military, pharmaceutical, and research settings. Responsible for storing and securing sensitive personal health information (PHI), this partnership

NTIA finalizes commercial facial recognition code of conduct

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) finalized its privacy guidelines for the commercial use of facial recognition last week. Facial recognition potentially impacts a range of industry participants, including: developers of facial recognition software; retailers that employ recognition-enabled camera systems; providers of online services; and game console developers, among others. Over the past two years, stakeholders involved in the guideline development process discussed how to ensure that consumers’ rights to control, transparency, security, access and accuracy are respected. The

FBI has access to 412 million images for facial recognition

According to a new report issued by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has access to nearly 412 million photographs for the purpose of running facial recognition. The images include both passport and driver’s license photos, along with mug shots. The FBI plans to expand its vast database of photos with the addition of 20 additional states. Currently, the FBI has agreements with seven states to share images. The images are shared under the

Biometric exit technology testing at Atlanta International Airport

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) service kicked off another pilot project today at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport to see how facial recognition technology can work with existing agency IT systems, according to FCW. According to the CBP, it will be testing the technology on passengers between 14 and 79 years old, who are leaving the airport on a single daily flight to Japan. The trial will test how well CBP’s systems work with the facial comparison technology

W3C releases working draft of web authentication specification

W3C released its first public working draft of its Web authentication API for accessing scoped credentials in May. The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is an international community that develops open standards to ensure the long-term growth of the Web. The working draft of the W3C Web authentication specification derived from FIDO 2.0 platform specifications, which have officially been published, and are an important step towards making “unphishable” privacy-preserving authentication available on the Web and reducing reliance on passwords. FIDO

MorphoTrust USA wins award for security excellence

MorphoTrust USA (Safran) has been honored with the James S. Cogswell Award for security excellence. Established in 1966 by the Defense Security Service (DSS), the Cogswell Awards acknowledges and honors those who work to establish a true partnership between industry and government to ensure the protection of classified information, materials and programs. Less than one percent of over 13,000 cleared contractors receive the award annually. “We are honored to be recognized by DSS as a progressive company using world-class security