Selfie payments firm accepted into FCA’s ‘regulatory sandbox’

Two firms utilizing facial recognition in their solutions are among the 24 fintech companies selected to test their products on actual customers in the UK, according to a report by Banking Technology. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) accepted 24 firms including German face recognition payments firm Saffe and Swiss artificial intelligence firm nViso into its so-called “regulatory sandbox”. The program allows businesses with innovative technology to run trials with UK consumers that are strictly supervised by the FCA. Saffe provides

ievo announces new fingerprint reader deployment

UK-based biometric recognition systems manufacturer ievo has supplied its “ultimate” fingerprint readers as an integral part of the security for the multi-million refurbishment and restoration of the Tyne Pedestrian and Cyclist Tunnels. The fingerprint readers have been installed at access turnstiles to both ends of the unique construction site, effectively securing access to the entire site and the construction staff. “Access through the two full height turnstiles at each end of the site is controlled by the biometric readers,” explained

HSBC report finds UK leading in adopting biometric banking technologies

HSBC published a new report based on a survey of 12,000 people in 11 countries which found that only 46 percent of respondents trusted fingerprint recognition to replace their traditional password, according to a report by The Financial Times. The report found that despite banks’ lengthy efforts to roll out biometric authentication, many customers neither understand nor trust in the new technologies. However, the survey results found that people in the UK were far more open to adopting new biometric

Crossmatch palm scanner selected for UK Home Office’s FABrIC program

Northrop Grumman, a security firm and a technology integrator for the UK Home Office, will upgrade the current criminal booking solution for the department’s Forensic and Biometric Interim Capability program (FABrIC) with the Crossmatch L Scan 1000 palm scanner. By December, more than 375 enrollment and capture stations across the UK will be upgraded incorporating Crossmatch Livescan devices, which allow for high-quality capture of fingerprint and palm print images. In 2000, Northrop Grumman replaced the ink-and-paper method of capturing fingerprints

UK government seeking fingerprint technology for law enforcement

The UK government is looking to meet with biometric technology firms to help determine existing marketplace capacity to provide fingerprint devices and capture software, which will be used by frontline law enforcement, according to a report by Government Computing. The move comes a few months after the Home Office announced it would provide more than £26 million in additional police transformation funding in support of 28 projects or technology plans over the next three years, including a joint forensics and

Security cameras in the UK will scan thousands of soccer fans’ faces in June

This is a guest post by Kayla Matthews, a biometrics and technology writer. From airport body scanners to metal detectors at museums, we’ve become accustomed to increasingly advanced forms of security in public places. However, security officials in the United Kingdom will take things to the next level by using security cameras with face scanners. Learn how this particular advancement might affect human safety, as well as how the security field has changed in recent years. Football Fans and Others

Equifax survey finds that 56% of UK customers prefer biometric banking

Equifax has published new research that found that 56 percent of UK consumers would prefer to use biometric authentication over traditional options like passwords to access their financial accounts online, according to a report by Information Age. In an online survey conducted through YouGov, Equifax found that 33 percent of UK consumers prefer to use fingerprint recognition as an authentication method to log into their accounts, followed by iris scanners (13 percent), facial recognition (7 percent), and voice recognition (3

UK government’s position on facial biometrics database hit with liberal backlash

The UK government’s decision to allow police to store the facial biometric images of millions of innocent people on a massive database has drawn a number criticisms from UK civil liberties’ groups and the Liberal Democrats, according to a report by UK Authority. Independent biometrics commissioner Paul Wiles condemned the practice last week, stating that UK citizens are entitled to greater “independent oversight, transparency and assurance”. Wiles called on ministers to implement a ‘presumption of deletion’, which would make it

UK biometrics commissioner criticizes plans for custody images database

The UK’s Biometrics Commissioner has condemned the government’s response to a High Court ruling from 2012, stating that the mass retention of custody images is unlawful. Last month the government proposed only that police forces delete on request millions of images of people who have not been convicted of any offence, illegally stored on a national police database Professor Paul Wiles told the Home Office that the public is entitled to more “independent oversight, transparency and assurance”, while urging ministers

UK surveillance camera commissioner releases national strategy

UK surveillance camera commissioner Tony Porter has released a national strategy for how CCTV should be operated and to ensure that cameras are not infringing the public’s privacy. Porter, who is responsible for overseeing the UK’s governance of surveillance cameras, was advised by University of Stirling’s privacy expert Professor William Webster on the development of the strategy. Designed to help maintain the safety of UK citizens in public places and their privacy rights, the strategy promotes best practice in how