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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 is fighting two new federal biometric privacy lawsuits involving its Go physical stores, both of which were filed in…

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Face-scanning tussle in Manhattan gets bigger, louder

Madison Square Garden in New York City has a colorful and pugilistic past, one that can be seen reflected in…


‘New and improved’ UK GDPR to save £4.7B over ten years, ensure data adequacy

When the UK left the European Union, if effectively copy pasted the GDPR to create the near identical UK GDPR….


Seamfix extends MTN’s biometric SIM registration to 5 more African nations

Telecom provider MTN Group is expanding its biometric SIM registration program into five new countries in Africa through its partnership…


US computer & comms group has problems with state’s biometric privacy bills

A U.S. electronics industry association is pushing hard against state legislation that would allow consumers to sue a business for…


Biometric data privacy lawsuits approach the absurd with Illinois ruling, Texas claims

White Castle could be forced to pay out $17 billion in damages to a plaintiff for biometric data privacy infringements…


Anonymized demographic data, targeted advertising added to ITL’s age estimation

Innovative Technology has upgraded its biometric age estimation device with capabilities to display targeted advertising and to collect anonymized demographic…


Facial recognition and authentication in retail: reduce waits, staff and maybe privacy

“Facial recognition technologies are the simplest way to dramatically reduce wait times,” writes the manager for biometrics at HID. While…


Judge keeps biometric data privacy lawsuit against Jumio alive ‘for now’

A U.S. district court judge has declined to dismiss a biometric data privacy lawsuit against Jumio, but acknowledged that the…


Consultants see small role now for emotion recognition, but skeptics remain

Divisive as it is, emotion recognition continues to find adherents in business, particularly in the automotive sector, but also in…

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