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Commercial Applications

Biometrics are used in retail and customer-facing settings for point-of-sales services such as payments, access control in systems for purposes such as shoplifting prevention, and identification or characteristic analysis for personalization or customer insights. Access control systems are also increasingly used for automated commercial applications, such as hotel check-ins. Typically, these use palm vein, fingerprint, iris recognition, facial recognition.

Amazon’s palmprint biometric payment readers are moving from a few prestige Whole Food locations in the United States to dozens…

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Biometric data privacy lawsuits against Amazon, Clearview survive dismissal appeals

Neither Amazon nor Clearview AI made progress this week fending off biometric privacy lawsuits filed in the United States. Clearview…

 

Facial recognition still gets mixed reception on retail floors

Two retailers in Australia have temporarily halted use of facial recognition systems on their floors as they are investigated for…

 

FTC vet handicaps the agency’s role in biometric data privacy rulemaking

National data privacy policies are coming to the United States, according to a regulation insider, but do not expect to…

 

2022 could still be a big year for BIPA cases. Watch these four

If no more Illinois biometric lawsuits were filed before 2023 – and that would be a poor bet – this…

 

Proposed US privacy protections make it out of subcommittee, but the future’s dim

Muted concern about a privacy rights bill being debated in the U.S. House of Representatives did not prevent it this…

 

Regulators hammer Didi for illegal biometric data collection, let top execs off easy

China regulators have fined ridesharing giant Didi Global a significant sum, saying the company illegally harvested the facial recognition data…

 

Metasphere biometric check-in hub approved for Singapore’s E-Visitor Authentication System

Automated technology solution provider for the hospitality sector Metasphere has announced its innovative biometrics-based contactless hotel kiosk solution has been…

 

Covid changed biometrics’ retail future. Unusual circumstances led media firm to map how much

In an unusual, if not unique, tactic, a global advertising agency repeated a decadal survey about technology trends — not…

 

Parties seek clarity in biometric data privacy lawsuits’ scope

A series of court cases over alleged violations of biometric data privacy are gradually increasing clarity on the scope of…

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