CDC project will see biometric registration for HIV patients in Uganda

In an effort to improve healthcare access and data collection, HIV/AIDS patients in Uganda will now be identified using fingerprints during a five-year Centers for Disease Control (CDC) funded project. According to a report by The Monitor, the Monitoring and Evaluation Technical Support (METS) project will help identify how many people in the country are living with HIV/AIDS and how many people are taking antiretroviral drugs in hopes of generating accurate and nationally accessible information on the healthcare crisis. CDC

Facial recognition app being used to harass Russian adult film actresses

International Business Times is reporting that FindFace, a facial recognition app that taps neural-network technology, is being used in Russia to identify and intimidate woman who have appeared in pornographic films or have advertised on prostitution and escort services website. The FindFace service was designed for users of the largest Russian social network “Vkontakte” and is based on face recognition technology developed by N-Tech.Lab. Earlier this month, members of a Russian imageboard started a campaign to try to locate and

Imprivata releases complementary solution for healthcare authentication platform

Imprivata has released Imprivata Confirm ID, a new solution that expands and complements the capabilities of its single sign-on and authentication platform, Imprivata OneSign. Using Imprivata Confirm ID, healthcare workers are able to quickly and securely authenticate the use of medical devices and clinical workflows. This significantly improves security and compliance without compromising efficiency or affecting patient care. When used in concert with Imprivata OneSign, Imprivata Confirm ID provides European healthcare organizations with a comprehensive authentication platform that boosts clinical

Biometrics Institute continues work on proposed Privacy Trust Mark

The Biometrics Institute has been working with Lockstep Consulting on a proposed Privacy Trust Mark since early 2015 and stage two of the project, exploring a set of initial technical criteria sufficient to pilot the proposal, was recently completed. The first stage provided a feasibility and landscape study as well as a roadmap for implementation which confirmed strong support for such a mark. Lockstep was also engaged to do stage two of the project and delivered a proposal for an

Russian photographer uses facial recognition in social media experiment

A recent project entitled ‘Your face is big data’ saw an art school student photograph people who happened to sit across from him on the subway and then he used FindFace, a facial recognition app that taps neural-network technology, to track them down on Russian social media site VK. The FindFace service was designed for users of the largest Russian social network “Vkontakte” and is based on face recognition technology developed by N-Tech.Lab. According to a report by PC World,

Shutterfly settles facial recognition lawsuit

According to a report by the Chicago Tribune, a lawsuit brought by an Illinois man who accused Shutterfly of violating his privacy by using facial recognition software to identify his face has been settled. Earlier this year, a federal judge in Illinois allowed the lawsuit against Shutterfly to proceed despite the company’s claims that its tagging software does not break the state’s privacy law, the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA). Shutterfly had argued that the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy

Court says biometric SIM registration is legal in Bangladesh

A Bangladeshi Higher Court has declared that ongoing biometric SIM registrations using fingerprints is legal. The court rejected a petition challenging the legality of collecting biometric fingerprint data in the SIM card registration process. In March, a lawyer served legal notice urging to halt biometric registration for SIM cards, claiming that it violates the privacy of users. The notice was served on behalf of a resident and said that the biometric data collected for SIM cards could create a high

Comelec says no biometrics data leaked in database breach

Yesterday, the Philippines Commission on Elections (Comelec) said that fingerprints, signatures, and photos were not included in the recent hacking of its database, according to a report by CNN Philippines. Last week, a report by Trend Micro said that a massive breach of the database of the Philippines’ Commission on Elections (COMELEC) had leaked a huge number of voters personal identifiable information, including passport information and fingerprint data. This week, Comelec and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) said they

India’s Home Ministry to ask for enhanced gov’t biometrics data sharing

India’s Home Ministry will ask for regulations or an amendment to the recently passed UIDAI Act to mandate that the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) share biometric data with the Registrar General of India (RGI). Sharing the data will ensure that RGI need not collect 18.5 million biometric identifiers for the National Population Register (NPR) which have already been collected for the Aadhaar scheme. While the NPR is used for the determine residency and establish the citizenship of each

Japan to pilot biometric payment system for tourists

In an effort to prevent crime and reduce the need to carry cash or credit cards ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Japanese government will test a biometrics-based payment system this summer that will see foreign tourists able to verify their identity and make purchases using only their fingerprints. According to a report by The Japan News, the pilot project will have inbound tourists register their fingerprints and other data, such as credit card information, at