UK Home Office considers increasing regulations for facial recognition use

The UK’s Home Office is considering increasing the regulations for retention of face recognition records, following criticisms from privacy adovacates that claim police are illegally uploading photographs on a national database, according to a report by UKAuthority.com. In March, the UK’s Science and Technology Committee released a report in which MPs condemned the practice — particularly the act of retaining photos of people who were never charged — which a high court judgement ruled was unlawful. The Committee found that

New privacy regulations in Abu Dhabi might protect biometric data

High-finance is driving new employee privacy regulations in Abu Dhabi’s new economic “free zone”, which purportedly would protect sensitive data, such as biometrics. The UAE emirate intends to establish a free zone for financial services on Al Maryah Island and envisions employee privacy as a major component of its efforts. The free zone, will be directed under the jurisdiction of Abu Dhabi Global Market. It aims to direct more foreign direct investment and foreign businesses into the emirate. Companies in

UK Science and Technology Committee to host biometric data and technologies session

The UK’s Science and Technology Committee will hold its session November 26 at 9.15 a.m. at the House of Commons to address the current and future uses of biometric data and technologies. Previously reported, the Science and Technology Committee made an inquiry back in August regarding the potential use and collection of biometric data, as well as whether or not the regulations in this relatively new field are sufficient. The session will address the future applications of biometrics with a

UK Science and Technology Committee launch inquiry into use and collection of biometric data

The UK’s Science and Technology Committee has made an inquiry regarding the potential use and collection of biometric data, as well as whether or not the regulations in this relatively new field are sufficient. So far, biometric technologies that help authenticate identity have mostly been used by the UK government for security purposes, such as safeguarding network access, anti-fraud measures and in different components of UK border security. Meanwhile, commercial organizations are developing and implementing biometric data and technologies at

Boston law firm offers reward for proof that Facebook has shared or sold biometric data with third parties

The Leonard Law Office LLP has offered a $5,000 reward to anyone who can provide verifiable and credible information leading to the successful prosecution of a class action lawsuit against Facebook regarding its use, collection, or storage of biometric data. According to the Boston firm’s website, Leonard Law Office LLP is focused on consumer protection, and is specifically looking for proof that Facebook has shared or sold biometric data with third parties. Reported previously in BiometricUpdate.com, this is not the