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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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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LG unveils dual-screen 5G smartphone and touts biometric breakthrough

By Derek Goldstein | March 1, 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. LG unveils dual-screen 5G smartphone and touts biometric breakthrough |Reuters LG has launched its G8ThingQ phone, which can be unlocked without touching the screen through light sensors which […]
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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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Still using your old MyFitnessPal password to access other sites? Now is the time to retire it

By Fred O'Connor | February 21, 2019
          If you’re still using your old MyFitnessPal password to access other websites, now is the time to change and retire it. Almost a year after the diet and exercise website disclosed that it was breached, threat actors are selling the stolen credentials, which may include the usernames, passwords and email […]
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Hacked MyFitnessPal data goes on sale on the Dark Web – one year after the breach

By Fred O'Connor | February 15, 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. Hacked MyFitnessPal data goes on sale on the Dark Web – one year after the breach | Fortune The MyFitnessPal app disclosed a data breach last year affecting […]
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Using biometrics to meet PSD2’s strong customer authentication mandate

By Fred O'Connor | February 12, 2019
The Second Payment Services Directive (PSD2) looks to improve how Europeans manage their money and reduce cybercrime associated with online shopping. This blog provides an overview of PSD2’s key components with an emphasis on the mandate for strong customer authentication. What is PSD2 and why is it necessary PSD2 aims to foster more competition among […]
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Could fingerprint scanners replace check-in lines at airports, baseball games and hospitals?

By Fred O'Connor | February 1, 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. Brazil is using a facial recognition system during Rio’s Carnival | Fast Company What happens in Vegas may stay in Vegas, but what happens in Rio de Janeiro […]
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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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