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Face biometrics draws millions in investment, plus consideration, explanation and criticism

Facial recognition is the common theme of the most widely-read stories on Biometric Update this week, as the technology is…

 

Nigeria biometric voter deduplication removes 16.5M

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of Nigeria — the elections management body of Africa’s largest democracy — says it…

 

Nigeria wants national ID numbers of mobile phone users added to their SIM cards

Nigeria has launched an operation to ensure that the biometrics-backed national identification numbers (NINs) of mobile phone users are integrated…

 

Face biometrics makes headlines from regulation and conferences to company fundraising and deployments

Biometric facial recognition and digital identity in Africa, both separately and the possible convergence between the two, are the main…

 

Biometrics to help reduce fraud and inefficiency in African public sector budgets, back digital ID in Togo

Southern African neighbors Zimbabwe and Zambia are considering ways to use biometrics to protect government budgets. The former is reducing…

 

More challenges for biometric voter rolls as partnerships bring authentication options to African market

Digital ID in West African elections leads the biometrics agenda in Africa this week as neighbors Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire…

 

South African institute warns against biometrics outstripping laws as SIA launches ethical principles

The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) in Pretoria, South Africa writes that in their rush to deploy facial recognition and…

 

Nigeria shows biometric flexibility, slow progress on voter registers continues across Africa

Biometric voting, and the registration required, are once again proving problematic in several African countries. Somalia will miss its target…

 

Contactless biometrics hit fever pitch and fingerprint payment cards reach milestone

The top biometrics and digital ID stories this week were dominated by fingerprints for contactless payments and facial recognition for…

 

Africans assess national biometric projects as Thales enters digital ID talks with DRC

There is a sense of reflection in Nigeria over the country’s ambitions to provide ID to all, with multiple reports…

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