Feds encourage tech companies to create ID management 'ecosystem' (Federal Computer Week , Feb 01, 2012)
By Alice Lipowicz - White House and other federal officials are actively urging private technology companies to create an ecosystem of identity management solutions that are interoperable, according to Howard Schmidt, White House cybersecurity coordinator.

53% Favor Fingerprinting Requirement For Food Stamp Applicants (Rasmussen Reports , Feb 01, 2012)
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is aiming to end New York City’s policy of requiring food stamp applicants to be fingerprinted, a policy the city’s mayor, Michael Bloomberg, wants to keep in place. A new survey shows that a majority of Americans nationwide favor requiring food stamp applicants to be fingerprinted in order to be eligible.

Lawmakers Want FTC To Look Closer At Facial Recognition Tech (TPM, Feb 01, 2012)
By Carl Franzen - It’s not just Google’s new privacy policy that has members of the U.S. House of Representatives on edge: Facial recognition technology — such as that used by Facebook to provide photo-tagging suggestions — is coming under increased scrutiny in Washington.

Privacy group calls for moratorium on facial recognition tech (Governement Security News , Feb 02, 2012)
By Mark Rockwell - A privacy rights group told the Federal Trade Commission, that it should suspend facial recognition technology’s deployment by commercial users until privacy and other safeguard standards are developed.

Microsoft Slams Google Privacy Changes (Information Week , Feb 01, 2012)
By Paul McDougall - Microsoft wasted little time launching an effort to cash in on concerns about Google's controversial new privacy policies, under which the search giant said it would monitor user activity across all of its major Web services--including YouTube, Gmail, and its namesake search engine.

Is Facebook Sharing Your Face With the Cops? (PC World , Feb 01, 2012)
By Dan Tynan - A leading law professor has accused Facebook of helping law enforcement find criminals on the network using face recognition technology. What's the real story?

DARPA - BAA-12-06: Active Authentication (Fed Biz Opps , Jan 13, 2012)
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Lumidigm Names Mark Shermetaro Chief Executive Officer (Lumidigim , Feb 02, 2012)
Lumidigm Inc., the multi-imaging biometric identity management company, today announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Lumidigm Board member Mark Shermetaro as CEO. Lumidigm Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO Bob Harbour will stay on as Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors, effective February 1.

BIO-key(R) International, Inc. Biometric ePassport Improves Security & Efficiency at Airport (MSN , Jan 31, 2012)
BIO-key International, Inc. (OTCBB:BKYI.OB), a global leader in fingerprint biometric identification solutions and advanced mobile identification technology, today reported that the company has successfully partnered with Oakwell Engineering Limited, to provide Jakarta's Soekarno-Hatta Airport, located in Indonesia, with the countries first biometric immigration gate; developed to streamline passenger security.


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