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Arkansas Lawmakers Decide Against Idea of Biometric Technology in Elections (Thecentersquare.com, Sep 21, 2022)
While several other states are pushing to remove technology from the electoral process, Arkansas lawmakers are examining how biometric information could be utilized at the ballot box. A legislative study concluded that using biometrics in Arkansas elections faced technological shortcomings and public perception issues but wasn’t ruled out for the future. Rep. Stephen Meeks, R-Greenbrier, who sponsored Act 421 requiring the study of election technology that includes fingerprints and facial recognition, reported the findings to the House Committee on State Agencies and Governmental Affairs Tuesday. The study examined biometric technology as a way to secure elections, as well as ways to track absentee ballots. After numerous talks with the Secretary of State and experts in the field of biometrics, Meeks said the technology isn’t currently in a place where it can handle a database large enough for elections.

GSA to Study Demographic Equity in Remote Identity Tech (Nextgov, Sep 21, 2022)

The General Services Administration plans to conduct an equity study on how remote identity proofing technologies—such as facial recognition—perform across various demographics. As part of that process, GSA’s Technology Transformation Services submitted a request to the Office of Management and Budget to review and approve a new information collection requirement, as part of a study testing several remote identifying proofing services and to gather demographic related information. The study will “assess the impact of demographic factors on both biometric and non-biometric proofing checks,” and will use a standard established by the National Institute of Standards and Technology as a framework for its evaluation.


Biometric Authentication Use in US Businesses Tripled Over 3 Years to Tackle Cyber Threats (Biometric Update, Sep 21, 2022)

The use of biometric authentication in U.S. businesses has almost tripled from 27 percent in 2019 to 79 percent in 2022, suggests a new report by software expert GetApp. The substantial increase comes amid a surge of cyber threats, with the same report suggesting ransomware attacks have nearly doubled in the forecast period, alongside the percentage of employees clicking on phishing links, which went up 88 percent. To tackle these threats, companies are investing substantially in two-factor authentication (2FA) or multi-factor authentication (MFA). In fact, the new data shows that the majority (92 percent) of businesses in the U.S. this year used 2FA for at least some of their business applications. However, not all of these solutions are effective defensive tools.


Onfido Debuts Facial Biometric Tech that Verifies ID in Seconds (Pymnts, Sep 21, 2022)

Next-generation facial biometric technology has the ability to speed up verification, detecting a real person in seconds. Global digital identity verification and authentication provider Onfido introduced a new solution for its recently-released Real Identity Platform to deliver seamless, secure, and inclusive customer verification, according to a press release on Wednesday (Sept. 21). Motion, a next-generation biometric liveness solution, is iBeta Level 2 certified and enables businesses to automate customer onboarding, assess a higher number of people faster while also reducing exposure to fraud. With Onfido’s advanced machine learning models and its artificial intelligence technology Atlas, Motion strives to reduce user bias across all ethnicities. The models have also been trained to recognize fraud. 


Mahsa Amini: Facial Recognition to Hunt Down Hijab Rebels in Iran (News Trust, Sep 21, 2022)

Protests have broken out across Iran over the death of a woman held by morality police for "unsuitable attire", with activists warning of worse to come as the state deploys facial recognition technology to control its citizens. Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old from Iran's Kurdistan province, fell into a coma and died following her arrest in Tehran last week over the country's strict new hijab policy, sparking demonstrations in multiple areas, the capital included. Amini has since become a rallying point for Iranians who oppose what they see as rising state surveillance and fear eroding human rights, with women at the centre of the clampdown. Her death has sparked a daily panic for many ordinary Iranians who fear they, too, could fall foul of the morality police, with women routinely arrested for breaking hijab rules, and plans now underway to extend surveillance with technology.


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