How biometrics could improve the E-Verify system

By Justine Brown | March 12, 2019
The senseless death of Iowa college student Mollie Tibbetts last fall made national headlines. In addition to the questions and anger the case raised, it also brought attention to E-Verify, an Internet-based system used to check the immigration status of job applicants. The employers of the undocumented immigrant charged with killing Tibbetts initially said they had run […]
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As use of biometrics grows, some states consider legislation to protect privacy

By Justine Brown | February 25, 2019
As the use of biometrics grows across a range of industries, so do concerns over how this information will be used (or misused) and possible effects on personal privacy. To ensure that the parties collecting and managing this data are also protecting and using it properly, some states have implemented laws governing the gathering and […]
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Biometrics is set to drive off

By Justine Brown | January 31, 2019
Over the last several months, the use of biometrics has been adopted by law enforcement personnel, government agencies, healthcare organizations and the finance industry. Now consumer applications of biometrics that go beyond accessing your phone with your fingerprint or face are starting to appear. Using biometrics in this capacity may have significant impacts around making […]
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Biometrics become a critical tool for law enforcement agencies across the globe

By Justine Brown | January 23, 2019
In early January, Planet Biometrics reported that the Malaysian state of Penang plans to launch a CCTV surveillance system that will include facial recognition to aid police in fighting crime. According to the Borneo Post, the system will use artificial intelligence developed by IBM to enhance video feeds from 767 surveillance cameras deployed throughout the […]
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How biometrics could help enhance elections security

By Justine Brown | December 5, 2018
The last election cycle was a roller coaster. In addition to many tightly contested races, there was a great deal of talk about voter fraud. As far as we know today, there was no voter fraud committed in the 2018 mid-term elections, despite some claims to the contrary in Florida and Arizona. But even the […]
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New NY Cyber Regulations for Banks Include Biometric Requirement

By Justine Brown | November 20, 2018
Last year, New York’s Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) made history when it became the first state department in the nation to implement wide-ranging state cybersecurity regulations for banks. The new regulations, known formally as the NYDFS Cybersecurity Requirements for Financial Services Companies, went into effect March 1, 2017, and requires thousands of financial institutions […]
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How Biometrics Can Transform the Health Care System

By Justine Brown | October 23, 2018
It’s no secret that the U.S. health care system is under duress. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently estimated that total health care spending grew an average of 4.6% in 2017, reaching nearly $3.5 trillion. By 2026, health care spending in the U.S. is expected to grow to $5.7 trillion. That’s a whopping […]
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How Biometrics are Changing Finance

By Justine Brown | October 10, 2018
Robbing a bank used to be a physical endeavor. You either donned a mask, secured a getaway driver and went in guns blazing; or you burrowed a hole into the bank from an adjoining building in the middle of the night and cracked the safe — at least according to the movies. Either way, you […]
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U.S. Customs Agency Sees Growing Role for Facial Recognition

By Justine Brown | September 19, 2018
Anyone who has traveled abroad recently and returned to the U.S. via a major airport has probably witnessed the new kiosks in use by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). CBP began testing the systems in 2015 as part of its biometric entry and exit programs to screen out people arriving in the U.S. with […]
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