Speed Read

Will Consumer Privacy Laws Snag Biometric Verification? (Kiosk MArket place , Feb 12, 2020)
Will biometric identification technology — which promises faster and easier checkout for customers, particularly in unattended environments — be thwarted by the need to protect personal privacy? A pair of lawsuits against Compass Group USA seek damages over the way the company collects and stores biometric information from fingerprint readers on certain vending machines. The suits claim the company violated the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA), which requires written consent before collecting and storing biometric information.

EU Backs Away From Call For Blanket Ban On Facial Recognition Tec (Irish Times, Feb 12, 2020)
Brussels has backed away from plans to call for a five-year blanket moratorium on the use of facial recognition technology in public spaces, instead leaving the responsibility of choosing to impose a ban to member states, despite concerns from privacy groups that civil liberties could be infringed by the biometric software.

Govt To Launch Biometric Program To Boost Transparency In SCT (Diggers, Feb 12, 2020)
Minister of Community Development and Social Welfare Kampamba Chewe says her ministry will soon launch a biometric program for the disbursement of social cash transfer in a bid to boost accountability. Last week, Irish Ambassador to Zambia Séamus O’Grady said Irish Aid would not resume support to the social cash transfer until issues of accountability were resolved.

How Voice Biometrics Became A Real Game-Changer At A Large Financial Services Organization (Security Boulevard , Feb 12, 2020)
Voice biometrics, or voiceprint technology, has started gaining significant traction within the financial services industry. And for good reason. Passwords alone are no longer sufficient for protecting business-critical assets and applications. Instead, voiceprint technology instantly recognizes the voice patterns unique to each individual and can authenticate access securely. Industries like financial services are moving away from using passwords for account access and toward secure biometric authentication that is fast, convenient, secure, and cost effective. Voice biometrics requires only a microphone as an input device that is already built into smartphones, which more than 3.5 billion people, or approximately 45 percent of the global population, already use worldwide.

Biometrics Commissioner To Met Police: No, I Don’t “Support” Live Facial Recognition (CBR Online, Feb 12, 2020)
The UK’s Biometrics Commissioner has admonished the Metropolitan Police for suggesting that he “supported the concept of LFR” (live facial recognition). In fact, said Professor Paul Wiles – a former chief scientific advisor to the Home Office – he has explicitly said that Parliament should be deciding if it is used.

Basic Rules Required For Facial Recognition Usage: Statesman Contributor (Strait Times, Feb 12, 2020)
In spite of several advantages of the latest technology of facial recognition, doubts continue to prevail in view of its very thin legal base. Regardless of the grey area in which this technology operates, it appears that plans are at an advanced stage to introduce it in a big way for a countrywide network. In this context, extensive trials have already been undertaken in the national capital.

Facial Recognition Used In Public Services Card Programme, Department Says (Irish Times, Feb 12, 2020)
The Department of Social Protection has confirmed that it carries out biometric processing and uses facial recognition technologies as part of its controversial public services card (PSC) programme. The confirmation prompted concerns among data-protection experts, who said there are questions over the proportionality of creating a database of facial recognition images due to the risks attached.

Free Seattle U Course Explores Intersection of Privacy, AI (Gov Tech, Feb 12, 2020)
The future of AI is here: self-driving cars, grocery-delivering drones and voice assistants like Alexa that control more and more of our lives, from the locks on our front doors to the temperatures of our homes.

Great Britain At Odds Over Police Use Of Facial Recognition Technology (Info Security Magazine , Feb 12, 2020)
Great Britain's three nations are not in agreement over the use of facial recognition technology by police forces. The technology, which can be legally used by police in Wales, was officially introduced by England's Metropolitan Police Service in East London yesterday, amid a peaceful protest by Big Brother Watch. Use of the technology by English police forces has not been debated in parliament or approved by elected officials.

Why Clearview AI Is A Threat To Us All (Engadget, Feb 12, 2020)
The surveillance system offers police unprecedented surveillance power.

Businesses Could Challenge Portland’s Proposed Facial Recognition Ban (Smart Cities World, Feb 12, 2020)
The City of Portland is proposing what could be the strictest city controls on the use of facial recognition technology to date, but private companies have indicated they may oppose an outright ban. In November, Smart City PDX, Portland’s data and technology division, released a draft ordinance that would ban the City of Portland from procuring or using facial recognition technology, as well as information derived from such systems.

ACI-NA Applauds Introduction Of Bipartisan Trusted Traveler REAL ID Relief Act (ACI-NA, Feb 12, 2020)
Today, the top Republican on the House Transportation and Maritime Security Subcommittee, Rep. Debbie Lesko (R-AZ), and Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-FL) introduced H.R. 5827, the Trusted Traveler REAL ID Relief Act of 2020, which would allow air travelers to use PreCheck as an alternative to REAL ID when traveling beginning on October 1, 2020. The bill also would require TSA to develop a contingency plan to address travelers who attempt to travel without REAL ID-compliant credentials after October 1, 2020. You can find more information about the proposal here.

The Privacy Project: When China Hacks You (NY Times, Feb 12, 2020)
On Monday, the Justice Department announced that it was charging four members of China’s People’s Liberation Army with the 2017 Equifax breach that resulted in the theft of personal data of about 145 million Americans. The attack, according to the charges, was part of a coordinated effort by Chinese intelligence to steal trade secrets and personal information to target Americans. Using the personal data of millions of Americans against their will is certainly alarming. But what’s the difference between the Chinese government stealing all that information and a data broker amassing it legally without user consent and selling it on the open market?

GAO Issues Report On Public Area Security (ACI-NA, Feb 12, 2020)
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) today released a report titled, TSA and Airport Stakeholders Have Enhanced Airport Public Area Security, but a Plan Is Needed for Future Collaboration.

Member News & Views

IDEMIA Awarded IBeta Certification For Its Biometric Liveness Detection Solution (Yahoo, Feb 12, 2020)
IDEMIA, the global leader in Augmented Identity, has announced that its liveness detection technology has been awarded Level 1 and Level 2 certification by iBeta, an independent third-party tester, in accordance with the ISO/IEC 30107-3 standards.


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