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

Biometrics Institute concerned about French bill restricting the use of biometric technologies

The Biometrics Institute has informed the French Senate and National Assembly of its concerns regarding proposed amendments to the 1978 Data Protection Act which would limit the use of biometric technologies. The Institute`s submission raises concern regarding the broader impacts of restricting the use of biometric technologies, including impeding the development of French and European technologies, especially in the biometrics area. The submission also highlights uses of biometric technologies that are legitimate, responsible and provide economic and societal benefits. In

Groups oppose privacy exemption for FBI biometric database

Forty-four privacy, civil liberties, and immigrants’ rights organizations sent a letter to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) this week asking for an extension to the comment period concerning the FBI’s request to modify the Privacy Act. The federal law enforcement agency is asking for certain provisions of the act to be changed concerning the use of criminal history record information and biometric identifiers within its Next Generation Identification system. The Next Generation Identification system is designed to advance the

European Data Protection Supervisor rejects data transfer pact between the EU and US

According to a BBC report, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) has said that a data transfer pact between the EU and US needs “significant improvements”. The EU-US Privacy Shield agreement was created to replace the Safe Harbour pact and was supposed to safeguard EU citizens’ personal information when stored in the US, but in a statement EDPS Giovanni Buttarelli said that the Privacy Shield agreement was “not robust enough”. “I appreciate the efforts made to develop a solution to