UK financial institutions lag global counterparts in adopting authentication technology

More than four out of five UK financial institutions (84 percent) are concerned about their ability to correctly identify customers, and companies in the sector lag behind their counterparts in China, Singapore, the U.S., and Australia in adopting new approaches to customer authentication, according to a new study by Forrester Consulting. The study, commissioned by data intelligence firm GBG, found that UK financial service firms are less focussed on new technology, and more on cost-control, than those in other countries.

UK Government Digital Service to explore biometrics and AI for public services

The UK Government Digital Service (GDS) will work with government departments over the next 12 months to support the use of biometrics and artificial intelligence for services, according to a blog post by GDS head Kevin Cunnington. He suggests in the post that government services such as GOV.UK can make use of “innovative technologies like machine learning and voice control,” and says GDS will work with government departments and public bodies to identify areas where digital technologies can solve challenges.

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UK Home Office biometrics strategy now slated for June publication

UK Home Office minister Susan Williams says the department’s long-awaited biometrics strategy will be published in June, the Register reports. She also blamed the department’s continued retention of 21 million images of faces and identifying features on the lack of an automatic deletion mechanism. Williams and director of data and identity Christophe Prince were questioned by the Science and Technology Committee about the strategy, which was due in 2012, as well as its response to a 2012 High Court ruling

UK Commons committee prepares for inquiry into Home Office’ biometrics guidance

A UK House of Commons committee is preparing to launch an inquiry into the storage of 20 million mugshots by police after running out of patience with the Government, which was told the practice was unlawful without legal and regulatory backing six years ago by the High Court, the Independent reports. The database containing facial images of roughly one-third of all people in the UK, including many without criminal records, was defended by the Home Office, which directed police to

NEC acquires UK police software provider Northgate Public Service

Software provider Northgate Public Service (NPS) has been acquired by NEC for £475 million (roughly $655 million), giving NPS access to NEC’s biometric scanning and facial recognition technology, and allowing NEC to pursue significant growth opportunities in the UK and Australia. NPS provides software to UK police forces and other public services, including the National Health Service (NHS). NEC Japan acquired the company from private equity firm Cinven after failing to reach an agreement on a similar asset, reports.

UK planning to consolidate biometric databases, consider expanding Surveillance Camera Code application

The UK’s Home Office is planning to consolidate its IDENT 1 and IABS biometric databases into one central platform for fingerprint, DNA, and facial image data by spring of 2019, UKAuthority reports. The contracts for IDENT 1 and the Asylum Biometric System (IABS) expire in March and April of next year, and rather than renew them, they will be combined as part of the Home Office Biometric (HOB) Programme. A previously posted information notice suggests the new contract could run

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UK government delays publication of biometrics strategy

UK government ministers have once again delayed the publication of a strategy for police use of facial recognition technology which means, according to a Sky News report, police will continue to use the technology without any legal guidance. The chair of the science and technology committee, Norman Lamb MP, said that the now five-year delay was “intolerable” as watchdogs warn that the practice could potentially be illegal. Earlier this year, a Home Office review found that police agencies used more

Mobile device fingerprint use surges in UK: Deloitte

Almost four out of five smartphone users in the UK (79 percent) use their device’s fingerprint scanner, according to new research from Deloitte. Deloitte’s seventh annual Mobile Consumer Survey, “State of the Smart,” shows that the number of UK smartphone users aged 16 to 75 who use their device’s fingerprint sensor increased by a third from last year to 12 million. Thirty-six percent of mobile devices in the UK are now equipped with a fingerprint sensor, and among those who