Police get facial recognition go ahead in world-first case

Facial recognition can be legally used by police forces in the UK, judges have ruled. As the world’s first case against the controversial technology concluded, two leading judges dismissed the case brought by human rights campaign group Liberty on behalf Read More …

UK watchdog to investigate King’s Cross facial recognition tech used to spy on public

The UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is launching an investigation into the use of facial recognition technology at King’s Cross following media reports of the covert practice. On Thursday, UK Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham said the use of cameras to Read More …

Fingerprints of 1M Exposed in Public Biometrics Database

Researchers discovered the personal and biometrics data of more than a million people left publicly exposed on a database owned by Suprema, a biometric security company. Data includes facial recognition and fingerprint information collected by the UK metropolitan police, small Read More …

São Paulo subway to deploy surveillance system with facial recognition

The Brazilian city of São Paulo will see facial recognition technology applied to the surveillance systems of its subway network. The company operating the majority of the city’s subway network, Companhia do Metropolitano de São Paulo (METRO), has launched a Read More …

Facial recognition technology ‘violates human rights and must end’, landmark court case hears

Police are breaking human rights law with the use of controversial facial recognition software, a landmark court case has heard. Ed Bridges is bringing the first legal challenge on the technology, which has been trialled by forces in different parts of the Read More …

Just keep slurping: HMRC adds two million taxpayers’ voices to biometric database

HMRC’s database of Brits’ voiceprints has grown by 2 million since June – but campaign group Big Brother Watch has claimed success as 160,000 people turned the taxman’s requests down. The Voice ID scheme, which requires taxpayers to say a Read More …

New Boom in Facial Recognition Tech Prompts Privacy Alarms

Tech advances are accelerating the use of facial recognition as a reliable and ubiquitous mass surveillance tool, privacy advocates warn. Somewhat quietly over the past couple of years there has been a flurry of breakthroughs in biometric technology, led by Read More …

TSA’s ‘Biometric Roadmap’ may need more funding under new law, former deputy administrator says

While the recently passed Transportation Security Administration [TSA] Modernization Act “will guide our efforts to modernize aviation passenger identity verification over the coming years,” and “aligns with and supports the 2018-2026 TSA Strategy [that] defines clear pathways to improve security, Read More …