NIC expands Gov2Go personal assistant platform to all 50 states

NIC Inc. has expanded the nation’s first personal assistant for government, Gov2Go, to all 50 states, enabling citizens throughout the United States to access digital government services. Created in Arkansas, Go2Go platform brings together all of a person’s interactions with all levels of government in a single platform to eliminate the need to navigate multiple sites, mobile apps, and platforms for federal, state, county, and city government. The initial set of national services allow people across the nation to.receive detailed

IBIA issues policy paper on the emergence of rapid DNA technology

The International Biometrics + Identity Association (IBIA) released its latest policy paper, “The Emergence of Rapid DNA Technology,” following President Trump’s recent signing of the Rapid DNA Act. IBIA explains in the paper that current rapid DNA offerings usually comprise of a desktop instrument to process single-use cartridges containing chemical processing agents and analysis materials. The analysis operation begins automatically after samples are inserted into the instrument, and the self-calibrating system allows anyone with approximately an hour of training to

Legislation struggling with deployment pace of biometric identity systems, says privacy expert

In an article published today in Technology Science, a Harvard-based journal, World Privacy Forum founder Pam Dixon argues that legislation is struggling to keep up with the deployment of biometric identity systems resulting in a high risk to fundamental civil liberties and privacy, particularly in India, but also with serious ramifications in the United States. Europe is also vulnerable to ‘mission-creep’ and risks failing the ‘Do no Harm’ principle. “According to the World Bank, 50 percent of countries with a

New immigration bill could increase use of biometric data at border

A new immigration bill introduced by Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), which is currently posted on his website, would significantly expand surveillance along the U.S.-Mexico border and potentially increase the use of biometric data and drones, according to a report by The Hill. Released last week, the bill includes several provisions that would alter the country’s existing border security policy. One of the provisions calls for the implementation of a “biometric exit data system” at the nation’s 15 busiest international airports

Facebook lobbying against facial recognition laws

Facebook has intensified its state lobbying in the wake of an ongoing lawsuit filed in Illinois, but is doing so by engaging industry groups like the Internet Association and CompTIA to deal directly with lawmakers, according to a report from the Center for Public Integrity published by the Daily Beast. A lawsuit initially filed by Illinois resident Carlo Licata in 2015 alleges that Facebook violated the state’s Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA), which requires consent for biometric data collection, with

Study finds Americans support biometrics-based payment systems

Viewpost released the results of a new survey covering American consumers’ perceptions about “futuristic” payments technologies and currencies, including biometric solutions such as fingerprinting, facial recognition, retinal scanning and voice control. After surveying 1,000 U.S. consumers, Viewpost found that 80 percent of Americans are in support of biometrics-enabled payments technologies and currencies. The study found that 52 percent of respondents believe that payments between companies and customers will be exchanged via mobile app in the future. Based on the survey

CBP to finally implement biometric exit mandate at airports

U.S. Customs and Border Protection deputy executive assistant commissioner John Wagner said the agency is finally implementing the legislative mandated biometric exit program in which it will verify the identities of departing foreign visitors at aiports, according to a report by Fedscoop. The announcement comes a few weeks after the Department of Homeland Security released a report that estimated that 629,000 visitors to the country overstayed their visas in 2016 due to the lack of a comprehensive biometric exit system

Defense Department seeking better biometric ID devices for use in field

The Department of Defense’s Special Operations Command unit is seeking more effective biometric identification devices for use in the field, during mass enrollments of personnel at forward operating bases or for watchlist matching, according to a report by GCN. In a request for information posted on May 26, the department stated that the technologies should be able to rapidly collect and store a wide range of biometrics — including facial image, iris, fingerprints and voice capture — and send the

Customs and Border Protection entry/exit program pilot successful

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has found a feasible solution for a biometric entry/exit program, CBP Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Office of Field Operations John Wagner told a congressional committee meeting on visa overstays last week. As previously reported, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) says that 629,000 visitors to the U.S. overstayed their visas in 2016 due to the lack of a biometric exit system. A program piloted at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, in which a facial image is

House committee requests facial recognition details from 10 cities

The House Committee on Oversight and Reform has sent letters to the mayors of 10 metropolitan cities, requesting their policies regarding facial recognition technology, according to a report by GCN. Concerned about the privacy of innocent citizens amid reports that facial recognition technology (FRT) is less accurate at identifying people of color, Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) and Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) sent letters to the mayors of Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, San Diego, San