security
Simple Hack Turns India’s Massive Biometric Database Into a Profitable Counterfeit System

India’s controversial biometric database, Aadhaar, has been once again compromised, according to a three-month investigation launched by HuffPost India. Read More >>

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Report: Apple Probably Won’t Launch iPhones With an In-Display Version of Touch ID Anytime Soon

Liked Touch ID, or just plain don’t like unlocking your phone with your face? Too bad, unless you’re an Android person. Read More >>

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To Fool This Iris Scanner, You’re Gonna Need a Really Fresh Eyeball

When security systems rely on our unique human characteristics—like our fingerprints and eyeballs—techniques for circumventing those systems can be far more macabre than just guessing a password. If someone wanted to fool your iris scanner, for instance, all they really need is your eye. In light of that, a research paper published this month asks an important question: Is there a way to confirm a scanned eyeball is actually alive? Read More >>

artificial intelligence
This AI Knows Who You Are by the Way You Walk

Our individual walking styles, much like snowflakes, are unique. With this in mind, computer scientists have developed a powerful new footstep-recognition system using AI, and it could theoretically replace retinal scanners and fingerprinting at security checkpoints, including airports. Read More >>

biometrics
Future iPhones Could Scan the Veins Beneath Your Face, Apple Patent Suggests

Apple has been granted a patent, first filed in 2015, that could lead to huge enhancements in the iPhone’s biometric powers by using “pulsed radiation” to peer into users’ veins. A relatively recent wave of similar patents could point to a new sub-dermal standard in future generations of smartphones and wearables. Read More >>

privacy
Great, Now an Airline Is Normalising Casual Fingerprinting

Delta Airlines announced Monday that it’s rolling out biometric entry at its line of airport lounges. With the press of two fingers, Delta members will be able to enter any of Delta’s 50 exclusive lounges for drinks, comfortably unaware of the encroaching dystopian biometric surveillance structure closing around travel. Read More >>

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A Judge Denied Facebook’s Attempt to Kill a Privacy Suit Over Biometric Face Prints

In 2o15 and 2016, a rush of US class-action lawsuits were filed by people in Illinois against tech companies. The impetus was an unusual law in the Prairie State. In 2008, the state passed the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act, making it, along with Texas, one of only two states at the time with laws on the books governing the use of biometric data. (Last year, Washington became a third.) The Illinois law included in its purview “faceprints,” which is what companies like Facebook and Google use to identify you in photos. They create faceprints by analysing your face in the many tagged photos of you that have already been uploaded to their servers. Class-action lawsuits were filed against Google, Facebook, Snapchat, and Shutterfly alleging this practice violated biometric privacy laws because the companies did not acquire user consent to use their data. The law has proved a persistent thorn in tech companies’ sides ever since. Read More >>

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Facebook’s New Face Recognition Features: What We Do (and Mostly Don’t) Know

Being on Facebook means being seen, and recently some users have spotted a News Feed alert describing several new face recognition features coming to the social network. The notification looks like this: Read More >>

biometrics
What’s It Gonna Take For Someone to Give Me This Slick In-Display Fingerprint Reader

Synaptics’s Clear ID sensor is not the first sensor to scan your thumb print through a display. The Vivo X20 phone, available now in China, is not the first phone to read your thumb through the screen. You might not know this if you’d seen the headlines coming out of CES—where Synaptic’s Clear ID was haled as a game changer that fixed the problems we all have with the iPhone’s Face ID and the Galaxy S8’s awkward fingerprint reader. But it’s the truth. This isn’t the first tech to come along as a challenge to Face ID’s impending dominance, but it definitely something different. Read More >>

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Face ID Is Unstoppable

It sucks when a new technology comes along and creeps everybody out. It sucks even more when that technology is so good, so life-changing that even the most discerning consumer sets that anxiety aside and says, “Who cares if Apple owns detailed biometric data about my face?” That’s what Face ID has done to me with the iPhone X. And if you’re not already using it, then you’re next. Read More >>

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Why Did Facebook Just Buy This Company That Verifies Government-Issued IDs?

Facebook has acquired Confirm.io, a startup that verified government-issued identification for third-party businesses. In addition to ID cards, Confirm.io’s service also handled biometrics and facial recognition data. Read More >>

security
It Looks Like the Creator of India’s Invasive National ID Accidentally Tweeted His Personal Info

Citizens, residents, and visiting workers in India are required to submit all ten of their fingerprints and an iris scan to participate in the country’s controversial unique identifying number programme. The man behind that programme, Nandan Nilekani, for some reason tweeted a photo of his ID card with the numbers blacked out, but he didn’t redact the QR code. Read More >>

security
Full Access to India’s National Biometric Database Reportedly Sold Over WhatsApp for About £6

Aadhaar, India’s massive biometric database, is facing new allegations of compromise after local journalists reported paying the equivalent of £6 in Indian rupees for full administrative access. Read More >>

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Woman With Leprosy Denied Pension Because She Doesn’t Have Fingers for India’s Biometric Database

Blind, disabled, and estranged from her family, 65-year-old Sajidha Begum has survived on a monthly pension cheque of 1,000 rupees (£11.53) in Bangalore, India. In August, however, the Indian government sent a letter to the leprosy hospital where she’s lived for over 10 years saying her pension was being taken away unless it was linked to a card from Aadhaar, the country’s controversial biometric database. But since leprosy has taken Begum’s sight and fingers, she has no way of submitting the necessary fingerprints and iris scans—and no prospective solution as she awaits help. Read More >>

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The Apple Watch Can Accurately Detect Hypertension and Sleep Apnoea

The data that fitness trackers collect about your body goes far beyond just how many steps you’ve taken, and researchers are just beginning to understand how to harness all that valuable data-collecting power. Read More >>