Japan looking at facial recognition to restrict addicts from gambling

By Fred O'Connor | March 14, 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. Japan looking at facial recognition to restrict addicts from gambling | Biometric Update The government of Japan plans to ask gambling venue operators to consider using facial recognition […]
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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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Hospitals turn to biometrics to identify patients

By Fred O'Connor | February 8, 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. Hospitals turn to biometrics to identify patients | The Wall Street Journal Biometric technology is coming to the hospital. Biometric systems, which identify people through fingerprints or […]
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Biometric authentication hits primetime in Super Bowl ads

By Fred O'Connor | February 6, 2019
Among the usual Super Bowl ads for beer, cars and snack food were two commercials that touched on a noticeably different topic: biometric authentication. Neither commercial, one for Olay skin care and the other for WeatherTech’s pet food and water bowls, was explicitly about the technology (although face recognition did play a supporting role in […]
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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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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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Facial Recognition Technology is Everywhere. Should we worry?

By John Callahan | August 15, 2018
Facial recognition systems are showing up everywhere it seems. While it’s not only used for security (at the Soccer Hall of Fame it will personalize visitor experience), that is its primary purpose. There have been many deployments at large venues, like airports around the world — it already caught an imposter in the U.S. — […]
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The Problem of Racial Profiling and Facial Recognition

By Fred O'Connor | July 18, 2018
In theory, biometrics should be free of the idiocy of racism. A fingerprint cannot tell you how much melanin someone’s skin has. Ditto an iris, a voice pattern, etc. Unfortunately, there is the problem of facial recognition. As Joy Buolamwini of MIT and Timnit Gebru of Microsoft found in their research of three commercial software systems: […]
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