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Biometrics and privacy laws, fingerprints, facial recognition & more top stories


Here’s a recap of the most popular biometrics industry news that appeared on BiometricUpdate.com this past week.

Iris recognition

Virginia Commonwealth University announced the school has installed iris recognition cameras that will allow students with meal plans to access the dining hall this fall.

Facial recognition pilot

Police in Leicestershire, UK recount the successful trial of facial recognition software at a major music festival, suggesting that the technology could be used in other environments.

Illinois biometrics privacy law

Recent class action lawsuits filed against Facebook and Shutterfly are the first to test the Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act, which requires organizations to acquire consent prior to collecting a person’s biometric data for commercial purposes.


As per usual, this week saw a handful of headlines involving fingerprint technologies. First, Synaptics Inc. announced it has collaborated with Microsoft to provide biometric fingerprint authentication and TouchPad technologies on Windows 10.

Fingerprint Cards (FPC) announced that smartphone manufacturer Huawei has released its Android smartphone MaiMang 4, which features FPC’s touch fingerprint sensor FPC1025.

Denver’s Coors Field stadium has deployed Clear’s biometric technology, enabling Colorado Rockies fans to soon bypass long security lines by scanning their fingerprint.

Precise Biometrics has partnered with Taiwanese sensor manufacturer ELAN Microelectronics Corporation in which it will license Precise BioMatch Mobile, its fingerprint recognition product for mobile devices.

Financial sector

In the first of several financial institutions integrating biometrics into their services, MasterCard is currently testing new facial recognition technology that would let customers verify their identity by taking a self-portrait photo with a camera phone.

BMO Harris Bank has integrated Touch ID and Passcode technologies into its mobile banking app, enabling customers to log into their account using their fingerprint.

Credit card firm MasterCard is extending its global partnership with Samsung Electronics Co. by leveraging the MasterCard Digital Enablement Service (MDES) to deliver Samsung Pay mobile payment service in Europe.

Public sector

This week brought along several stories involving government organizations using biometric technologies in the areas of national security, law enforcement, and refugee relief.

First, in what has felt like a never-ending bidding process, the Department of Homeland Security finally awarded the $47 million professional contract for biometric support only to have it met with yet another bid protest.

The FBI has released a draft request for quotes in regards to a five-year contract to develop a mobile biometric identification software solution for Android devices.

Finally, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and South Sudan’s Commission for Refugee Affairs (CRA) announced they have jointly issued and distributed approximately 3,400 biometric identity cards to refugees in Western Equatoria last month alone.

Comparing biometric methods

In a guest post, Graziela Barros, Product Manager for face and voice biometrics solutions at CPqD, examines the different methods of implementing voice biometrics solutions and finding the best balance between security and the most ideal user experience for each scenario.

Finally, a new report by Biometrics Research Group, Inc. examines the growing demand for biometric applications for labor management, workforce productivity and time and attendance solutions.

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