Articles By Frank Hersey

Frank Hersey is a tech reporter for Biometric Update covering Africa-related biometrics and digital identity news. He is based in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. Before arriving in West Africa last year, Frank was based in Beijing and worked primarily for TechNode, the China partner for TechCrunch.

OSIA, the modular digital ID system with interchangeable components, is now operational in multiple countries, allowing governments to save money…

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Simprints adds facial recognition to Mozambique land ownership records

Simprints is supplying a biometric identification layer to land tenure records as part of a project to create land ownership…

 

UNHCR shared Rohingya biometric data ‘without consent’

The UNHCR improperly gathered personal information and biometrics from ethnic Rohingya refugees and shared it with Bangladesh, which subsequently shared…

 

Governments and tech companies are ‘gaming the rules’ on biometrics, need hard lines

Greater legislative protections on the use of people’s biometrics are needed and technology companies need to be told to desist…

 

Red Cross issues recommendations for digital ID in humanitarian sector

A report into the various uses of digital ID in humanitarian settings brings together the many risks and challenges as…

 

‘Looming dangers’ of biometrics collection under guise of counterterrorism studied

A series of global events have led to the growing and untransparent use of biometrics collection under the pretext of…

 

Ugandan ID system a ‘national security weapon’ that denies human rights – report

Uganda’s national biometric ID system has failed in its promise to improve access to services for Ugandans, says a new…

 

Federal US bill to ban law enforcement face biometrics ‘coming soon’

A U.S. senator says he will soon be reintroducing the Facial Recognition and Biometric Technology Moratorium act, as the Electronic…

 

New York Surveillance City: 15K cameras can feed facial recognition systems

Amnesty International has released the results of a crowdsourced investigation into surveillance in New York City which found that the…

 

India’s digital wallets to get transfer boost and incentives for KYC

Digital payment wallets could be bolstered in India following changes to allow interoperability between wallets as long as users are…

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