Forces turn to biometric authentication as the final frontier in public safety

By Jason Tooley | June 17, 2019
Automated facial recognition technology has rarely been out of the headlines. The Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick recently said facial recognition is very useful within law enforcement and the technology needs to make its way towards public acceptance or Britain risks being “left behind.” Police forces across the country are facing increasing cost pressures, with […]
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Why is Microsoft delivering conflicting advice around passwords?

By Jason Tooley | June 10, 2019
Microsoft recently took the unusual step of simultaneously advising companies to adopt biometric authentication, whilst also making current passwords more complex. The tech giant argues that the effectiveness and protection of passwords do not diminish with time. There is clear evidence to suggest direct correlation between increasing password complexity and higher costs through password management […]
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What the California Consumer Privacy Act means for biometrics

By Justine Brown | May 8, 2019
Add California to the list of states with laws prohibiting the use of facial recognition technology to identify people without their informed consent. Other states with a similar regulation include Texas, Illinois and Washington. Last June, California passed the California Consumer Privacy Act, which will change how companies in the state collect and commercialize consumer […]
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Major League Baseball adopts biometric ticketing

By Justine Brown | April 29, 2019
Fingerprints are replacing tickets at some Major League Baseball stadiums. Major League Baseball and Clear have reportedly been testing biometrics in baseball stadiums with a few teams on a small-scale basis for a couple of years. Use of the technology is increasing with the Baltimore Orioles, Minnesota Twins and Texas Rangers recently announcing that they’re […]
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How easy are biometrics to spoof? Will liveness detection impact matching performance? (and answers to other biometric authentication FAQs)

By Fred O'Connor | April 16, 2019
Will liveness detection impact matching performance? Do behavioral biometrics make biometric authentication more effective? How easy are biometrics to spoof? These are just a few of the questions that Doctor Stephanie Schuckers, director of the Center for Identification Technology Research at Clarkson University, and Veridium lead biometric scientist Asem Otham were asked after their webinar […]
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AI Experts Question Amazon’s Facial Recognition Technology

By Fred O'Connor | April 4, 2019
The Weekly Cypher is curated to keep you up-to-date on the latest in biometric and cybersecurity news. Here are a few headlines you may have missed this week. AI Experts Question Amazon’s Facial Recognition Technology |New York Times  At least 25 prominent artificial-intelligence researchers, including experts at Google, Facebook and Microsoft, have signed a letter […]
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As biometric use grows, Singapore creates agency focused on the technology

By Justine Brown | April 2, 2019
Singapore’s Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) recently announced it will create a science and technology agency that focuses on biometrics as use of the technology grows rapidly in the country. Singapore is all about biometrics. The country is testing facial recognition for prison inmate management (to replace manual muster checks, among other things). It also […]
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China’s Airport Facial Recognition Kiosks Should Make Us Fear For Our Privacy  

By Fred O'Connor | March 29, 2019
The Weekly Cypher is curated to keep you up-to-date on the latest in biometric and cybersecurity news. Here are a few headlines you may have missed this week. China’s Airport Facial Recognition Kiosks Should Make Us Fear For Our Privacy | Fast Company Matthew Brennan, an expert on Chinese technology, recently posted a short video […]
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How your biometric data is different from your password

By Asem Othman | March 28, 2019
Biometric authentication has been billed as the technology that may eventually replace passwords. But the C-suite, security professionals, and rank-and-file employees all harbor different concerns about how biometrics are collected, stored and used. One of the biggest concerns is around biometric data being spoofed and used in presentation attacks. People have grown accustomed to hearing […]
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