Police in Norway to force suspect to unlock smartphone with his fingerprint

Nordhordland District Court in Norway is allowing Norwegian police to force a man under police investigation to unlock his smartphone with his fingerprint, according to a report by MacRumors. Police in Norway recently went to court to force a 27-year-old drug suspect to unlock his smartphone using the mobile device`s embedded fingerprint reader in order to secure evidence for their case. According to local media reports, police believe the phone contains evidence about where he obtained the drugs that he

Biometrics in border security and banking, fingerprint technology trending this week

Here is a recap of the most popular biometrics industry news that appeared on BiometricUpdate.com this past week. Border security The Government Accountability Office (GAO) is advising the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in a new report to reveal a new time frame for implementing a biometric exit system at U.S. airports. The GAO report ultimately finds that DHS had not fulfilled statutory requirements to implement a biometric exit capability and report data on overstays. Gemalto was selected by

Florida bill requiring biometrics for patient identity verification raises concerns

Florida House Bill 1299, sponsored by Rep. Dane Eagle, has a provision that would require Florida hospitals to install software that allows them to use biometrics and the state driver’s license database to verify Medicaid patients identification, according to a report by the St. Augustine Record. Medicaid is a social health care program for families and individuals with low income and limited resources. When the bill came up for a vote last month in the House Children, Families and Seniors

Biometrics Institute revises its Biometrics Privacy Guidelines

The Biometrics Institute has finalized the revised version of its Biometrics Privacy Guidelines and has made it available to all its members. “The Biometrics Privacy Guidelines have been designed by the Biometrics Institute to provide a guide for suppliers, end users, researchers, managers and purchasers of biometric systems,” said Isabelle Moeller, chief executive of the Biometrics Institute. “It is the public’s assurance that the biometric managers have followed best practice privacy principles when designing, implementing and managing biometric based projects.”

Ride-share programs oppose fingerprint background checks in Austin

Ride sharing companies Uber and Lyft are fighting it out with Austin city council over fingerprint background checks. Last week, the city of Austin approved the creation of a “public-private partnership” called Thumbs up!, an opt-in program for ride-share drivers who want to pass a fingerprint background check to verify to potential clients that they have a clean history, according to a report by Re/code. With the new program, drivers and riders can have a fingerprint background check to verify

Edinburgh plans to upgrade CCTV system with facial recognition capabilities

Edinburgh Council has announced a £1 million (US$1.4 million) initiative to upgrade the city’s CCTV surveillance network to include HD digital cameras with facial recognition capabilities, according to a report by Ars Technica. The facial recognition software will scan faces in real time and matche them against a database of suspects, as well as capture vehicle registration numbers. The new system, which aims to work as an integrated, centralized hub for Edinburgh’s CCTV cameras, will be designed to combat various

Cornell Tech adds four of the world’s leading cybersecurity experts to faculty

Cornell’s Department of Computer Science has added four faculty members at Cornell Tech who are among the world’s elite for cybersecurity, privacy and cryptography research, according to a report by the Cornell Chronicle. The scientists are best known for their highly cited research and their influence on industry, nonprofit and government practice with work spanning the fields of data encryption, cryptography, cryptocurrency, machine-learning and Internet of Things privacy and security. The Cornell Tech Security Group consults regularly with industry practitioners

Judge rules Facebook can’t be sued in Illinois for ‘faceprint’ database

A federal judge in Illinois has dismissed a lawsuit challenging Facebook’s use of facial recognition software, according to a report in MediaPost. U.S. District Court Judge Jorge Alonso ruled that Facebook can’t be sued in Illinois for its “faceprint” database because the company doesn’t have enough connections with the state. In a ruling issued last Thursday, Alonso commented, “Because plaintiff does not allege that Facebook targets its alleged biometric collection activities at Illinois residents, the fact that its site is

CHIME $1M challenge driving the next big breakthrough in patient identification

The National Patient ID Challenge, a College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) initiative, is a year-long, $1-million effort to encourage innovators from around the world to participate in the creation and adoption of a private, secure and safe solution for ensuring 100 percent accuracy in identifying patients in the U.S. The challenge has two phases. The first phase is the “Concept Blitz Round”, where entrants design a concept for solving the national patient identification challenge. The second phase is

UK House of Lords debate national ID cards

A recent debate in the UK House of Lords examined the use of national ID cards to enhance security, fight terrorism and reduce fraud. Biometrics Research Group, Inc., publisher of BiometricUpdate.com, defines national ID as a general identifier used by governments to verify a citizen and establish a link of trust. National ID is a means for tracking citizens, permanent residents, and temporary residents for the purposes of work, taxation, government benefits, health care, and other governmentally-related functions. Lord Campbell-Savours,