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.

Digital rights advocate Access Now is calling for a ban on biometric data processing used for mass surveillance in public…

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Public health and retail biometric facial recognition applications expand amid uneven trust environment

A survey by the European Union’s agency for fundamental rights (FRA) shows that only 6 percent of consumers are willing…

 

FTC debate: Really fight today’s violators or find more crime to be overwhelmed by

Reflecting the reality of consumer data harvesting, if not the mood of said consumers, the Federal Trade Commission has said…

 

Google seeks dismissal of face biometric privacy suits and accuses firms of ‘forumshopping’

Google has alleged in court filings that two law firms have brought duplicate cases against the company under Illinois’ Biometric…

 

AWS and Pindrop named in voice biometric data privacy lawsuit as cases test liability limits

Plaintiffs in a biometric data privacy suit say Amazon Web Services’ call center operations fall under the jurisdiction of state…

 

Google argues for biometric privacy suit dismissal based on photo and interstate commerce exemptions

Google is planning to show that Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) does not apply to data taken from photographs,…

 

Biometric privacy suit alleges Onfido violated Illinois’ informed consent rules

Onfido is the latest biometrics company to be hit with a potential class-action suit under Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act…

 

Maryland law prohibits face-scanning during job interviews without consent

Beginning October 1, it will be illegal for a company to use biometric facial recognition during the process of interviewing…

 

Judge rejects “98.75 percent discount” of $550M settlement in Facebook biometric privacy case

Facebook’s $550 million settlement agreement over alleged biometric data privacy violations is in doubt, after a federal judge refused to…

 

Privacy policymaking might as well be in quarantine

If COVID-19 deaths have not prompted a unified approach to infection control in the United States, it might be foolhardy…

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