Comelec says no biometrics data leaked in database breach

Yesterday, the Philippines Commission on Elections (Comelec) said that fingerprints, signatures, and photos were not included in the recent hacking of its database, according to a report by CNN Philippines. Last week, a report by Trend Micro said that a massive breach of the database of the Philippines’ Commission on Elections (COMELEC) had leaked a huge number of voters personal identifiable information, including passport information and fingerprint data. This week, Comelec and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) said they

Fingerprint and passport data leaked in Philippines voter database breach

According to a report by Trend Micro, a massive breach of the database of the Philippines’ Commission on Elections (COMELEC) has leaked a huge number of voters personal identifiable information, including passport information and fingerprint data. “With 55 million registered voters in the Philippines, this leak may turn out as the biggest government related data breach in history, surpassing the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) hack last 2015 that leaked PII, including fingerprints and social security numbers (SSN) of 20

Smartmatic CEO responds to Obama’s call for e-voting

Smartmatic’s CEO, Antonio Mugica, has expressed his support for President Obama’s call to action to make online voting, or e-voting, a reality in the United States. “President Obama’s call was surprising in only one respect—that it caused a stir. In a world where we can buy a house, take a degree course and access government services online, it does not make sense that elections don’t use tried and tested technology,” commented Mugica. “I agree with the President. The future of

Ghana begins its biometric voter registration pilot project

Ghana’s Electoral Commission (EC) started its biometric voter registration pilot project today, according to a report in News Ghana. A statement by Amadu Sulley, the country’s Deputy Chairman for Operations said: “The Electoral Commission has upgraded the biometric registration kits (BVR Kits) for the impending limited voter registration and subsequent registration exercises.” The EC said the exercise will be carried out in selected districts in all the ten regions of the country and that they are using the pilot to

Biometrics and healthcare, cybersecurity, voter registration and law enforcement trending this week

Here is a recap of the most popular biometrics industry news that appeared on BiometricUpdate.com this past week. Healthcare The National Patient ID Challenge encourages innovators to participate in the creation and adoption of a private, secure and safe solution to ensure 100% accuracy in identifying patients in the U.S. In the first round entrants design a concept to solve the patient ID challenge and the final round will entail building prototypes to demonstrate the functionality and performance of the

Biometrics to verify voters in Uganda; Zimbabwe and Pakistan evaluating costs, usability

Uganda’s electoral commission (EC) is to meet this week to explain its decision to use biometric voter verification in the upcoming general election to representatives of the presidential candidates, political parties and other stakeholders, according to a report in the Voice of America. Uganda’s EC spokesperson Jotham Taremwa said that, “the deployment of the biometric verification mechanism at all polling stations across the country will significantly boost the credibility of the presidential, legislative and local elections.” He continued, “For the

Daon provides biometric voter registration software for Somaliland

Daon released details today about its role in providing biometric voter registration capabilities to the National Election Commission (NEC) in Somaliland. Daon was the core software provider to ATEA, the IT infrastructure provider selected by UN NGO Interpeace and the NEC for the project. Daon’s identity management software suite includes biometric voter registration and centralized voter management modules. Daon worked with ATEA to design, assemble and deliver the voter registration kits with iris capture and matching functionality using IrisID for

GenKey CEO discusses biometric identity and election management solutions

This year proved to be a notable one for GenKey with the company announcing several deployments throughout the world of its biometric identity and election management technology. GenKey’s biometric deduplication system, in particular, was deployed in many nation-scale election and health programs, with both the Tanzanian and Ghanaian governments deploying its solutions for their respective elections. In May, GenKey updated its FastAFIS SDK technology with significantly improved biometric matching accuracy. Following these improvements, FastAFIS can now achieve 10 to 1000

Mobile biometric solution MorphoTablet secures the voting process in Egyptian parliamentary elections

For the third time in two years, the Egyptian government has deployed biometric MorphoTablets to secure the voting process. Morpho also contributed its identity managment technology to the Egyptian Constitutional referendum and the Presidential election in 2014. 2000 MorphoTablets with Morpho front and back-office applications were deployed to organize the different stages of the election process, including voter registration and ID card verification. The company also included all training and logistics for operating the MorphoTablet inside the voting stations. MorphoTablet

Positive results for biometrics-based voting platform in Venezuelan elections

Smartmatic announced that its biometrics-based automated voting platform achieved positive results in Venezuela’s recent parliamentary elections. The company, which has serviced Venezuela’s last 14 national elections, provided a complete end-to-end voting platform for the December 6 vote. The voting platform included voter biometrics authentication, voting, results transmission, tallying and results broadcasting. “For more than a decade, Smartmatic has proudly serviced the national elections for the people of Venezuela, demonstrating our commitment to transparency, efficiency and accountability,” said Smartmatic CEO Antonio