biometrics
Tax Office Told to Delete 5m Voice ID Recordings

HMRC is in trouble with the ICO for failing to gain adequate permission from its customers before signing them up to voice-recognition systems -- so it's been told to delete around five million data files. It will at least free up quite a bit of the national hard drive space. Read More >>

security
Bank Trials Biometric Fingerprint Debit Cards

A select band of NatWest and RBS customers deemed to have the cleanest and most easily identifiable fingers are taking part in a small trial of biometric technology, with a batch of debit cards that allow fingerprint authentication of large transactions now out there and in use. Read More >>

security
The EU is Set to Create One of Earth’s Biggest Biometric Databases

The European Parliament has voted by a significant margin to streamline its systems for managing everything from travel to border security by amassing an enormous information database that will include biometric data and facial images – an issue that has raised significant alarm among privacy advocates. Read More >>

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Man Hiding Face From Police Facial Recognition Test Fined for Telling Cops to ‘Piss Off’

On Thursday, Metropolitan Police trialled a face recognition system in the East London town of Romford. The technology led to three arrests, according to The Independent. One individual was fined after an altercation that reportedly stemmed from his response to the facial recognition technology. Read More >>

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Looks Like The Galaxy A10 Will Have Samsung’s First In-Screen Fingerprint Pad

Tech moves so fast that it already feels like we've had in-screen fingerprint scanners -- like the one on S9 Plus competitor the Huawei Mate 20 Pro -- for ages. But it's actually only been a few months. Read More >>

biometrics
AI Can Now Fake Fingerprints That Fool Biometric ID Scanners

Artificial Intelligence researchers used a neural network to create fake fingerprints that could be a hacker’s dream tool. Read More >>

privacy
Supreme Court Restricts India’s Colossal Biometric Database

India’s Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that the country’s sweeping biometric database does not violate privacy rights. But the panel of five judges did decide to place restrictions on the programme, according to the Times of India. Read More >>

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Simple Hack Turns India’s Massive Biometric Database Into a Profitable Counterfeit System

India’s controversial biometric database, Aadhaar, has been once again compromised, according to a three-month investigation launched by HuffPost India. Read More >>

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Report: Apple Probably Won’t Launch iPhones With an In-Display Version of Touch ID Anytime Soon

Liked Touch ID, or just plain don’t like unlocking your phone with your face? Too bad, unless you’re an Android person. Read More >>

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To Fool This Iris Scanner, You’re Gonna Need a Really Fresh Eyeball

When security systems rely on our unique human characteristics—like our fingerprints and eyeballs—techniques for circumventing those systems can be far more macabre than just guessing a password. If someone wanted to fool your iris scanner, for instance, all they really need is your eye. In light of that, a research paper published this month asks an important question: Is there a way to confirm a scanned eyeball is actually alive? Read More >>

artificial intelligence
This AI Knows Who You Are by the Way You Walk

Our individual walking styles, much like snowflakes, are unique. With this in mind, computer scientists have developed a powerful new footstep-recognition system using AI, and it could theoretically replace retinal scanners and fingerprinting at security checkpoints, including airports. Read More >>

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Future iPhones Could Scan the Veins Beneath Your Face, Apple Patent Suggests

Apple has been granted a patent, first filed in 2015, that could lead to huge enhancements in the iPhone’s biometric powers by using “pulsed radiation” to peer into users’ veins. A relatively recent wave of similar patents could point to a new sub-dermal standard in future generations of smartphones and wearables. Read More >>

privacy
Great, Now an Airline Is Normalising Casual Fingerprinting

Delta Airlines announced Monday that it’s rolling out biometric entry at its line of airport lounges. With the press of two fingers, Delta members will be able to enter any of Delta’s 50 exclusive lounges for drinks, comfortably unaware of the encroaching dystopian biometric surveillance structure closing around travel. Read More >>

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A Judge Denied Facebook’s Attempt to Kill a Privacy Suit Over Biometric Face Prints

In 2o15 and 2016, a rush of US class-action lawsuits were filed by people in Illinois against tech companies. The impetus was an unusual law in the Prairie State. In 2008, the state passed the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act, making it, along with Texas, one of only two states at the time with laws on the books governing the use of biometric data. (Last year, Washington became a third.) The Illinois law included in its purview “faceprints,” which is what companies like Facebook and Google use to identify you in photos. They create faceprints by analysing your face in the many tagged photos of you that have already been uploaded to their servers. Class-action lawsuits were filed against Google, Facebook, Snapchat, and Shutterfly alleging this practice violated biometric privacy laws because the companies did not acquire user consent to use their data. The law has proved a persistent thorn in tech companies’ sides ever since. Read More >>

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Facebook’s New Face Recognition Features: What We Do (and Mostly Don’t) Know

Being on Facebook means being seen, and recently some users have spotted a News Feed alert describing several new face recognition features coming to the social network. The notification looks like this: Read More >>