Biometric Update: most popular news for week ending October 19

Here’s a recap of most popular and noteworthy biometrics industry news that appeared on this past week. Biometrics Week in Review: biometrics the future of traveller screening, White House talks biometrics over passwords, Icahn optimistic on Apple Pay, biometric tech usage protocals, Bionym shipping Nymi band, financial institutions embracing biometrics, fingerprint authenticated payment card, Bill Gates talks biometric ID and banking, privacy advocates concerned about voiceprints and a special report on Port security. Biometrics could be the future of

Australia’s national security committee puts a halt to customs’ biometric collection plans

Australia’s Immigration Department wants to collect and store photographs of millions of Australian citizens under the government’s counterterrorism laws, which could later expand to fingerprinting and iris scanning, according to a report by The Sydney Morning Herald. Under the Counter-Terrorism Legislation Amendment (“Foreign Fighters”) Bill 2014, Australia’s Immigration Department is able to enforce facial recognition imaging of all civilians passing through international airports in its effort to crack down on passport fraud. The foreign fighters bill is expected to be

Collection of voiceprint data has privacy advocates concerned

Businesses and governments are increasingly implementing voice biometrics as an authentication tool, and while it can potentially be a means of identification and replace passwords, the massive stores of voiceprints have some privacy advocates worried. According to Associated Press research, at least 65 million voiceprints are stored in corporate and government databases around the world. For instance, the Internal Revenue Department of New Zealand, a country of less than 4.5 million people has a million voiceprints catalogued. Meanwhile, JPMorgan Chase,

McAfee partners with Atlantic Council in new study that explores online and e-voting

McAfee has sponsored a new Atlantic Council study that explores how online voting and e-voting could become more integrated in the international political process if particular technologies and processes are implemented to ensure its security. Released at an event at the Atlantic Council, the study found that many of the technologies that are already being used for online financial transactions could also be applied to e-voting and online voting to increase its popularity in the future. Estonia became the first

EMKA UK and Digitus bring biometric access control to the data center

EMKA UK and Digitus Biometrics have developed a new biometric operated handle that provides a unique fingerprint technology, which is stored and processed in the handle on the server cabinet with an “Indisputable Audit Trail” to protect valuable data. As two of the leading manufacturers in the physical data center security and data cabinet market, EMKA provides locking technology for data cabinets while Digitus provides a range of biometric and card access solutions. Their new handle, the first of its

White House official says biometric authentication should replace passwords

Michael Daniel, the White House’s cybersecurity coordinator, recently spoke out against passwords as a security measure, and in favor of more sophisticated identification technology such as biometrics. According to a Washington Times report, Daniel said fingerprint readers have been emerging and that they will eventually become as common as cell phone cameras. “Hard” card readers and other authentication gadgets could also replace passwords. “Frankly, I would really love to kill the password dead as a primary security method because it’s

Alaska Air considers biometrics for boarding

Alaska Airlines is exploring the use of passenger fingerprints as a way of replacing customer boarding passes, according to a report from Bloomberg. In 2010, Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air allowed an electronic boarding pass on mobile devices as an alternative option to a printed boarding pass. As a next step, the company has been experimenting with testing fingerprint scanners as a way to streamline the airport experience from the initial check-in to the plane boarding. To start, it began

Apple drives biometrics in mobile commerce, boosts consumer privacy: report

Recent developments from Apple – Touch ID, mobile payment system Apple Pay, and Apple’s updated privacy policy – have been a huge driver of consumer biometrics in mobile commerce, and at the same time promoted consumer control of personal data. In its latest market brief, “The ABC’s of Mobility: Apple, Biometrics, and the Promise of Consumer-Centric Privacy,” Acuity Market Intelligence says that Apple’s approach sets itself apart from corporations (like Facebook and Google) that capture and monetize consumers’ personal data

FBI seeks to add Rapid DNA to biometric database

This week, the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation announced a plan to accelerate the collection of DNA profiles for the government’s massive new biometric identification database. The FBI Laboratory, along with the Bureau’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division, have said that they are actively collaborating to develop a streamlined approach towards automating DNA collection processes from qualifying “arrestees” and offenders that are in custody during arrest, booking or conviction. The goal of the FBI plan is to integrate “Rapid DNA”

Identify Security Software demonstrates biometric authentication platform

Identify Security Software announced it has released a new security authentication platform iDentifyME, which perpetually observes, records and updates the person’s appearance and unique biometric characteristics to verify his or her identity. Identify Security Software said that the iDentifyME platform provides a more accurate and secure identity authentication process than the current biometric practices of comparing photos of a person’s face, iris pattern or fingerprint. “In order to remove the burden of self identification from the client, the authentication process